What are the most comfortable shoes you’ve ever owned? Chances are, your most comfortable shoes probably weren’t your most stylish pair, but you loved slipping into them at the end of the day.
If you think of the big name comfy shoe brands, they don’t exactly scream ‘street’ or ‘cool’, but choosing comfortable shoes doesn’t always mean you have to compromise on style.
The modern sneaker is a perennial option for effortless cool, think brands like Vans or Adidas which are very much ‘a la mode’ currently. The original Converse casual style trainer, the Chuck Taylor All Star, first made its mark on the stylish footwear scene in the early 20th Century.
Designed initially to be marketed for basketball, the All Stars quickly became a fashion icon, but at a cost. That cost being comfort. Rocking a pair of Converse was a style statement but one that made your feet sore at the end of the day.
Other major brands’ designs also caught on quickly in the 80’s and 90’s, but despite being perfect for kickflipping your skateboard, they weren’t made for pounding the tarmac for a days sightseeing. In fact, many sneaker brands offered shoes that were designed to be ‘out there’, with colourful designs, not entirely suited to casual and comfortable wear.
On the other end of the footwear spectrum, we find wool footwear, focused primarily on comfort. Wool-lined shoes are not a new thing, with brands like the Australian Uggs making waves since the 60’s and 70’s. Despite being comfortable footwear, the wool boot was never really designed for style wear or harsh weather, with many a pair of Uggs ruined in the rain.
The Russian designed ‘valenkis’, which are thick woollen shoes designed for harsh winters, are a proven, traditional choice when it comes to ice and snow. Considering these were born in Siberia and the Arctic circle, you’re more assured of dry, comfortable feet at the end of a day treading wintery streets. But again, style is compromised by comfort and function.
Comfort & Style
At Baabuk, Comfort, Revised is our philosophy for creating footwear with streetwise style yet at-home comfort. Our wool shoes are inspired by the comfort and tradition of the Russian ‘valenkis’ and revised to fit a modern style, offering a new take on footwear.
Using the woollen comfort, Baabuk offers cool looking sneakers that fit-in equally at home, on the town, and traveling in a new city.
So to answer the question, “can you have footwear that is comfortable and stylish?”
Yes, you can! Discover Baabuk!