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These Emeril Lagasse Shoes have revived my achy, tired feet!
Before I became a stay-at-home mom, I worked in a place where business attire was required. I didn't mind at all. My fashion sense was keen and dropping a few hundred dollars on a pair of high heels didn't phase me in the least. Quality was needed for my heels because I lived in them. I remember trekking around Europe and even Las Vegas (where there is a lot of walking) in high heels without even being phased. Fast forward to my new life, and things have changed. A lot. Not only am I older (high heels and older age don't seem to go so well together for me), but I also now have a job where the pay is not enough to drop a few hundred $$ on shoes (are you kidding me? Not happening) and I stand on my feet 95% of the day (ahh to that 5% when I get to sit at my desk), primarily on a concrete floor. By the end of the day, my feet hurt! Heels for this job were never considered, and I quickly learned cute flats weren't going to do the trick, nor were cute flats with any of the batrillion types of insoles I purchased in an attempt to find comfort. So...what's a gal to do? Research!!
There are no ties to these shoes, so they can't be considered too casual (yes, that's a thing where I work). They have elastic stretches at the top, to make it easy when you're putting them on and taking them off, while still allowing you to have a comfortable fit.
There is a pull on the back too, if you like to hold on to that while you put these on. I've not had to use the back tab, but it's handy if you need it. There are a few choices for women on the website, and I selected the Cooper Pro shoes in black (they also have white) with agion antimicrobial technology, which constantly resists microbe growth. I thought these would go best with my dress pants, and they do. In fact, I predict I'll be wearing black dress pants quite a few times this year, just so I can have these shoes on my feet all day long.
And that padding you see is built-in memory foam. Ahhh, how I love built-in memory foam. This little perk makes all of the difference in the world for me in either coming home, making dinner, and sitting on the couch to fall asleep (not wanting to, but it just happens), or coming home, making dinner and having the energy to want to play a game, watch a little TV with my boy, or take a walk instead. It is no secret that tired feet wear you out, so finding a pair of shoes that allows you to make the maximum of your awake time, both during and after work, matters a lot to me. The official name of the foam? Balanced Active Movement Memory (or BAM!) Foam Insoles. You knew it was coming. :) The molded EVA mid-sole provides maximum support to help battle fatigue, and it works like a charm.
Now let's talk soles. Emeril shoes all have a grooved-sole bottom that is slip-resistant. Why would that be important at my job? Well, there are several instances I can name, but one that instantly comes to mind is running. Yes, teachers run, though I never advise doing it.
Last year during the state testing, we gave our students tickets in the computer lab if they remained focused during the entire battery of tests, that would admit them to the gym afterwards for a celebration party. No ticket, no party...no exceptions. At the end of the tests, I escorted my students back to the classroom and promptly remembered that I'd left their tickets in the computer lab, 2 buildings away!! I got a class sitter and took off running (time was of the essence, they were getting ready to go to the gym). It was raining outside, but I didn't have to worry about that, there was a concrete overhead to keep me dry. Never mind that, others had come in from the outside, and the entryway, despite having a large rug was wet. In my lightning speed state of running (just humor me while I insist I was running at a speed to rival FLASH), I ate it, big time. The dean and another teacher he was meeting with rushed out of their office, because of course their door was open and they witnessed the whole thing. There was not time to waste though, so I assured them I was okay as I got up and started running again (something I'd never let my students do), telling the two left in my dust to not replay that tape and laugh over the summer. ;) The thing is, I had on shoes that got slippery when it was wet!! Had I had these on, albeit I shouldn't have been running, perhaps I wouldn't have fallen down.
I have other 'oops, I fell down!' stories, because I tend to be a go-go-go person, but I'll spare you (and now that I think of it, I'll be more careful).
Two more quick but important points to make, and then we'll get to the giveaway. These shoes are also water and stain-resistant, as well as odor-resistant. I love them. They have revived my sleepy, achy feet and allowed me to have more time with my son once the work day (and his school day) is done. Huge accolades, and a high recommendation from me to you if you're in the market for comfortable shoes!!
There are currently 10 styles for women to choose from, all with the amazing properties discussed above for my shoes. One lucky winner gets to choose the style they want, to call their own. US entrants only.
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