Listen, the news is tough, and we all need moments of escape from the horror to recuperate and prepare for the next onslaught, and I can talk about shoes all the livelong day, so welcome to the OMG SHOEZ thread.

Got a favorite pair of shoes you want to share? Bought a new pair about which you're super excited? Have a recommendation to make, or want to caution us away from a purchase you regret? Want to solicit suggestions for a specific event, a foot issue, an elusive something for which you've been hunting? Having trouble finding something particular on a budget? Have at it in comments!

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image of my lower calves and feet; I am wearing blue jeans with raw cuffs and Mary Jane style shoes in white with a colorful floral pattern; the beetle tattoo on my right foot is visible in the opening below the strap

A pair of gorgeous Riekers gifted to me by Iain. I love how my beetle is perfectly framed as though it's cavorting through a garden.

These are the Rieker Women's 43789 Mirjam 89 in ice/multi. They are the third pair of Riekers I own, including the blue boots I've previously recommended and a pair of red ankle boots, of which I don't believe I've ever shared a picture. (I'll rectify that in a future OMG SHOEZ thread.)

Rieker Antistress — which, according to their website, has been in business since 1874 (!!!) — produce shoes that "feature cleverly designed technical lightweight interiors and flexible outsoles with shock-absorbing qualities that ensure comfort and relief with every step." That is a very good description of why I love them, lol. They are so light on my feet, and so comfortable!

I have spent an easy 8 hours, with at least a mile of walking, in my heeled boots from Rieker, and I've worn these new Mary Janes out to dinner and grocery shopping several times already, and, at the end of each outing, my feet are ache-free. My feet are in better shape after walking around in Rieker heels than they are with many flats.

I'm also constantly complimented on my Riekers, so they have legit earned their claim to have successfully married comfort and fashion.

They're a little pricey, but, so far, my two older pairs are holding up splendidly. (Rieker does have a reputation for their shoes being long-lasting.) And they are sold on sites like and 6pm and Zappos, so you can usually snag some for a steep discount at the end of a season when the brand goes on sale and the sites are offering a good coupon.

So, that's what up with me! What's up with you?

(As always: I am not affiliated with Rieker in any way, nor have I received anything in exchange for recommending their shoes. I just really like 'em!)

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