I never thought I would say this, but I love flat shoes more than I love heels. This is a fairly big deal for anyone that knows me.
I was always the one in skyscraper heels for any occasion, work, casual or partying. The higher, the better.
But in recent months I've been rediscovering myself and settling into the more reserved casual Rachel that I am now. And from that, I've found that really I love being comfortable.
Us girls know the pain of a day or evening in killer heels. They can be tight, cause cramp and altogether just painful and uncomfortable. We've all seen the girls dangling their heels from the fingers at 1am after they just couldn't hack it any more, or the ones falling head of heels (ha, did you see what I did there!) in stilettos up to their armpit.
And don't get me wrong, I still think there is a place for heels in every girls life, because just sometimes you need to sashay into the room in a glitzy pair of heels.
But more and more, I'm opting for flat over heels. And not only does it make me much more comfortable, it makes life so much easier. No spare shoes stashed in a handbag, no need for piggybacks to the car, know sinking in the grass.
Plus there are so many amazing types of flats, in a mix of styles for all types of occasion!
I mean I even chose to wear flats to a wedding recently, which is practically unheard of for me. But do you know what? I was comfy all day, and as we were in a pub garden they were much more suitable for the occasion. I could dance and walk around all day without a care in the world. Yes, it means having my maxi dresses taken up just that little bit more, but they were already too long so what's a couple of additional inches?
On top of this, flats are just so much more affordble! You can buy a basic pair of pumps or plimsols from Primark for £3. No they won't last forever, but can you argue with that price? And ease of running around if required.
Maybe some of it comes from the constant broodiness, and future plans for a family so I'm becoming more practical with age, but I don't think that is a bad thing in the slightest!