Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Could this be the most comfortable shoe in the world?

Ah, the Topshop Addison wedge, beloved of bloggers the world over. This shoe came into my possession roughly six weeks ago, in a large grey plastic bag (Topshop, please look into boxes – cardboard boxes I can recycle and that …

Mon, Oct 11, 2010, 14:19

   

Ah, the Topshop Addison wedge, beloved of bloggers the world over. This shoe came into my possession roughly six weeks ago, in a large grey plastic bag (Topshop, please look into boxes – cardboard boxes I can recycle and that will make your deliveries seem just that little bit more special) and then proceeded to languish, unloved and unworn, for about five weeks in my office, in my home, then in my office again. I even made a trip into Topshop proper on Stephen’s Green in an attempt to refund the shoe, but I was just outside the time limit so success was unforthcoming.

Then, last week, I decided to try out the Addison wedge, just around the office, you see, on the carpet, to see how it felt. My concern was that cycling has made my calves, well, quite chunky – and the Addison wedge, on a bare leg, has the potential to cut said leg off at the ankle and cause it to appear like a stump and a hoof. The shoe, of course, being the hoof. But last week I found solace in the form of 80 denier tights from Penneys and paraded the wedge around like a new baby.

Again, on Saturday night, I teamed my beloved Addison with a short floral dress (a little too short for my age and profession, perhaps, but I digress) and went to TriBeCa for eats with my nearest and dearest – and the conclusion of all this faffing around, readers, is this: the Addison wedge, despite its towering height and the fact that it resembles a hoof and the fact that one has to train onself into rocking, carefully, on its slightly less-than-flat bottom, is that it is the most comfortable shoe that my foot has ever had the privilege of sitting in.

Would I recommend? Would I, hell. But do not, I repeat, do not, buy in-store. Save yourself €30-odd and buy online. Ah, Topshop, it gives with one hand and takes away with the other.