She would never tell, but my mom is basically an unofficial a party planner. When it’s time to throw a celebration, whatever it is, like a anniversary, a graduation or engagement party, a bridal luncheon, a baby shower – you name it – she’s often the one people call to host or co-host. She pays attention to detail and enjoys doing things for others. And, she’s really good at it.
However, the unofficial part of it all is that she doesn’t exactly have a team of professional second opinions. So, I’m very used to getting calls in the weeks leading up to an event asking about anything from the size of a napkin to a band’s playlists. But, there’s a call I KNOW I’ll get every time: “What do you think I should wear?”
When you factor in having to run for groceries, the weather, the elegance of the event, And having to stand for several hours in a row, the stakes increase more and more. Recently though, I got a call that was a little different. Before a big engagement party she was throwing, my mom called to say, “I found the most comfortable shoes which I constantly get compliments on, so figuring out what to wear should be pretty easy this time!”
The magical, beautiful, problem-solving shoes in question? THE Soft Charday Platform Sandal ($129). They are so wonderful, I just had to share my mom’s discovery with the whole internet. You’re welcome, Internet.
The Sofft brand uses natural materials to create shoes that support the insole and feel soft against the skin. The Charday Platform Sandal is a prime example: it’s supportive without looking orthopedic, and it’s stylish without being uncomfortable.
An official (and honest) opinion from my mother
From the party planner herself (my mom): “The shoe almost feels like a walking or running shoe. The sole is thick and padded like a sports shoe and the straps provide good support without rubbing or being uncomfortable. The straps are very soft and the one around the ankle adjusts easily with velcro and still manages to look good, not like a toddler shoe or an orthopedic shoe. I put them on and I didn’t want to take them off! So for me, there was no break-in time. I wore them for the first time to an outdoor concert where I had to walk a long distance over bumpy terrain covered in grass, dirt and gravel with no problem. Then I’ve worn them upright for hours (8+) on hardwood and concrete while prepping and hosting a party. All good! (My feet were a little tired at the end, but it was a long time to stand!) And they’re super cute; I get compliments every time I wear them.”
Sofft has a number of other styles, all with the same dedication to comfort, support and style. They also all have what Sofft considers a “wearable” heel height, whether in the form of a platform or a more traditional heel or wedge. You can browse the rest of the Sofft collection here.
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