I was so flattered when I was asked by Poppy Barley to talk about my love of their shoes and how I incorporate them into my daily professional life. Where to start??I first came to love Poppy Barley because they solved a long struggle to find stylish tall boots that I could zip into easily over my pants or jeans, would fit my wide feet (9.5 wide) comfortably, yet wouldn’t bunch at my ankles. (I also liked that I could get more than the plain black tall boot that fit perfectly.) But likely the most prevalent reason is that I live with ongoing issues due to fracturing my back in a terrible car accident, so supportive flats or very low heels have been a necessity for me for many years. Unfortunately, most supportive shoes are usually too casual for my profession, or too plain for my personal style. I am an academic family physician with a special interest in Palliative Care, and I am on my feet a lot when seeing patients. I also use a sit-stand desk set-up because of my back injury, and so comfortable shoes are a must to help with back pain. But I also like to express my personal style at work, and not have to pay for it with pain! What I love about my Poppy Barleys are that they are very stylish, dressy and unique (definitely not plain!), yet so supportive with the cushioning and arch support that each style has. And they always fit my feet like a glove, so there’s no pinching, slipping, digging into the Achilles tendon or blistering right from the get go. (I no longer get blisters on my feet for my child to point out!) The leather even softens with time, so the fit gets even more comfortable with wear, if that’s even possible. I love the original designs and cool leathers that you can’t really find anywhere else. Regardless of whether I’m seeing patients in clinic or hospice, teaching at the medical school, or presenting my research work, my Poppy Barleys are always appropriate, functional, and my favourite part of my outfit! They really are the perfect union of form and function! The cherry on top is that with my large, wide feet, I was always self-conscious that flats made my feet look wider or larger. But somehow my Poppy Barley flats actually make my feet seem smaller and possibly daintier than the 9.5 wide they are!
Women's Shoes For Wide Feet