About 8 years ago I bought a pair of wedges that I thought were cute that happened to be from the "comfort" (possibly old lady 😬) section in JCPenneys.
Those shoes completely spoiled me. See, I have an aversion to wearing tennis shoes unless I am working out. I 100% realize how utterly stupid that is and also realize how stupid it makes me look at times.
I've endured people's judgemental looks as I've hiked through Six Flags, Universal Studios, and many other places where rational people wear tennis shoes.
What everyone didn't know was that, yes, I was wearing wedges, but they were my old lady, comfort wedges which truly were so comfortable I could probably hike the Grand Canyon in them. (I actually wore tennis shoes when I did That though)
The point is, my wonderful old lady shoes are indeed now, old ladies themselves, and have lived a very hard life in their short, 8 years. Unlike people, as you well know, exercise does *not make a shoe look better. They do still come out from time to time, but as much as I hate to admit it, they're slowly moving towards retirement.
I've looked Everywhere trying to find the same brand to do replacement, because momma needs Comfort A LOT more now than she did 8 years ago (but not enough to wear tennis shoes when I'm not working out).
Short story very long (hello, I'm Sandy), the wedges I'm wearing on the Brooklyn bridge and put on for my one million mile hike around New York Claimed to be comfort wedges. It's literally printed on the shoe. They were not.
Vanity and my imposter comfort wedges left a pretty little tattoo around my ankles, and if anything looks dumber than a middle age woman trying to hike 20 miles in heels, it's a middle age woman Hobbling 20 miles in heels.
My savvy daughter had the foresight to bring band aids, so I put a temporary fix on my ankles on the Brooklyn Bridge and traded my non comfort wedges out for the first pair of flat flip flops I came to.
(The other thing I never wear is flats, so I got to hear how short I was from my beautiful, compassionate daughter for the rest of the day. I'm pretty sure a random stranger mentioned it when I was walking by too)