When i was younger, i liked to take the window seat on the aeroplane. As i grow older, i prefer the aisle seat for convenience of visits to the loo and stretching my legs. Similar with shoes, in recent years, i prefer to go for quality over quantity. If any of those Buzzfeed articles is true, it is that as i grow older, i am less concerned about style over comfort.
Ok, i lied. Style still matters. I'm not going to let myself go and turn into a frumpy woman overnight!
But i'll be more discerning and even if a pair of heels is drop-dead gorgeous, i will put it back on the shelf with all my will power as i know i wouldn't wear it more than once.
Walking into Arch Angel located at 16 Purvis Street was an informative experience. Finding the right fit took about an hour, about the same amount of time the Prince searched for Cinderella.
At Arch Angel, i found out why. Arch Angel have an in-house podiatry every month and i had the honour of having Owen, a professional shoe fitter (pedorthic) who helped to prescribe the right footwear to give a better walking experience.
With a rather lengthy lecture explaining his profession, Owen gave me a diagnosis on my current foot health by observing how i walk, measuring my feet and using sensors to weigh my pressure.
|A foot scan to figure body pressure on feet.|
Foot changes may not happen to everyone definitely, but they can occur with prolonged use of ill-fitting shoes and these changes peak in above 40 years of age. No wonder an ex pointed out that a part of my feet is growing larger, like his grandma. I had no idea what he was talking about, until Arch Angel handed me a horrifying brochure on BUNION.
The below is NOT MY FEET, but an internet picture to demonstrate.
Owen absolutely understands a lady's need for variety, colour, trend but as he aptly labels these ill-fitting shoes as Church, Wedding, Funeral shoes, they are not to be worn for more than 2 hours.
Arch Angel's staff were exceptionally patient in finding the right fit for me as i try over a dozen shoes, finding the right fit and style that pleases me.
The final prescription for me was to get the newest arrival Isabella with zebra print fitted with Xsensible Inside, that is stretch leather that gives it maximum elasticity. This way, it can be a perfect pair according to my right foot bigger, left foot smaller condition.
With the right shoe, Owen did a simple exercise to test my balance by exerting strength on my palms.
No longer it's a situation where comfort and style can't be best buddies. Arch Angel have a good variety of options. They not only have their in-house brand but also carry brands from Israel and Europe. Almost all shoes are made of leather.
|Heels, sandles, sneakers and shoes.|
|Both male and female styles available.|
clog, this Arch Angel version works out your back and calf muscles as you walk.