It is truly a rare piece that one might call “reliable” when referring to one’s closet. Me and these sandals? We have that special bond of trust.
In New York, I had one priority when it came to shoes: comfort. But “comfort shoes” and cute often seem to be at odds (can I get an amen, Ladies?). Comfortable, cute, and environmentally responsible in one pair of shoes, therefore, literally defies all laws of nature. But one day I stumbled upon the best sandals of all time, at a DSW no less. Vegetable tanned leather, non-slip recycled rubber sole, cushioned, adorable, and not outrageously priced. Interestingly enough, they are made by the Naturalizer company, specifically their brand Naya (which I should investigate more). In two years, these sandals have never let me down.
Because of their nature-defying characteristics, I originally didn’t want to pack these shoes for India where they’d inevitably get ruined on the backpacking trail. They’ve seen a lot of adventure already – could they handle more? Though their wear shows (and in all honesty, smells), I planned to wear these shoes forever.
But I started packing and realized that I was willing to risk an early death of these sandals. Not only are they reliably comfortable, but they make me feel like myself. And as I’m already in India, I can tell you that these shoes have been a welcome and familiar source of relief in a place where everything is foreign. As of today, they can even count the Taj Mahal as one of their many adventures.
Trust in the things in your closet, in the people that create them, and in the way they consistently make you feel is not to be underrated. It is a great feeling to be able to not have to think twice before wearing something (unlike that cute shirt with the slightly off fit or the jacket whose zipper sometimes breaks, etc.). These shoes make me feel confident that I will get to the next place blister-free and that I’ll feel comfortable in every sense of the word even when I’m out of my comfort zone.
If they don’t make it through India, I may be investigating how I can get another pair. Because me and these sandals? We have something special.
Comment below or tweet @ThisIWear to share which pieces in your closet you trust the most.
P.S. This is my first post from the road. Please excuse any errors while I get used to using new resources.