Shoes! HA, got your attention. I’ll tell you what’s got my attention lately, Frankie4 Footwear. Sure they’re not new to me, I’ve seen them kicking about on the Internet the past few years on the feet of fellow style bloggers and stylish peeps. I couldn’t really miss them, except I did kind of try to ‘sidestep’ them. More on that soon.
I think you all know by now I have a healthy looking ‘shoedrobe’, filled with kicks that don’t skimp on style. Over the years I’ve had some shockers in the ‘shoedrobe’, shoes that are ill fitting, tight, pinching and then there’s the ones that burn…you know what I mean? At times I have been a slave to fashion.
With a large hoof (size 42 or 11) I’ve always worn leather shoes, they move and expand with my feet. There are no bargain basement, high fashion shoes to be found on my feet, I just physically can’t wear them. The older I got the more time (and money) I put into purchasing shoes that fit and flatter…and FEEL good. That’s right, these days comfort is right at the top of the list when shopping for shoes.
WHY THE SIDESTEP?
These days I understand my feet more, I know the shapes that my toes can deal with, I know what heel height I can comfortably wear and stylistically I know what I like. So why was I sidestepping Frankie4 Footwear?
I had a little ‘style block’, me…in comfort shoes? I was seriously not in that age bracket was I?
I know, slap me now because we all know that age has zero to do with style. We all know that right?
Then I saw Frankie4 Ambassador Nikki Parkinson from ‘Styling You’present a live video from Frankie4 HQ and I got an ‘up close’ look at the styles.
Guess what guys, I liked what I saw! I wanted to know more!
MY VISIT TO FRANKIE4 HQ
Late last year on a visit to Brisbane I was invited to meet the owners of Frankie4 (Caroline and Alan), man am I pleased I said ‘yes’. Let me just say from the outset that I’m pretty choosy about who I work with, I need to be able to see an ongoing relationship, it needs to benefit my wonderful community (that’s you) and the relationship needs to feel good. What’s the point of having your own business if it doesn’t feel good right? Kind of like shoes, it’s all about the feel factor.
When I met Caroline it was pretty much like love at first sight. She is so bloody down to earth, warm, friendly AND she designs ace shoes. Winning at life!
Caroline showed me around the front and back end of HQ and introduced me to all the office and store staff. It was like watching a mother hen proudly showing off her baby, which I guess is what Frankie4 is for Caroline. She’s passionate and actually gives a shit about style and comfort, which is why she coined the slogan ‘saving soles’. It’s also why I said ‘yes‘ to working with Frankie4.
What’s a visit to Frankie4 HQ without trying on all the styles? So I got down to the business of really getting to know the current styles…and the new season styles to come. Uh huh, sneak peeks are F.U.N!
WHEN YOU KNOW…YOU KNOW
I’m not going to crap on and tell you I loved ALL the styles because I didn’t. Some just didn’t suit my personal taste and some didn’t suit my feet, to be expected really. But I loved plenty of styles and I really loved all the extras like functional foot bed, custom fit and sizing from 6 to 13. There’s even a ‘sweet spot’ to banish the burn under the ball of the foot. Sweet baby cheeses, Thankyou.
I came home with a couple of gifted styles and put my money where my mouth is and purchased some too. Uh ohhh? #addictedalready
FRANKIE4 FOOTWEAR FEATURES
Frankie4 Footwear shoes feature a podiatrist designed functional foot bed which kind of operates like an orthotic for foot and leg support, gives superior cushioning a patented custom fit that assists in the treatment and prevention of foot and leg health issues.
In your box you will receive your shoes of choice plus spare laces for lace up shoes and additional removable foot beds that will help you to adjust the comfort and sizing perfectly for you.
Ladies just like our boobs we usually have one foot larger than the other so the additonal footbeds come in very handy. Some Frankie4 styles can also be worn with your orthotics.
You guys have seen me wearing a number of Frankie4 Footwear styles over the last 3 or 4 months and in breaking news I’ve had a delivery of some winter styles that I chatted about on my Friday night live@5 video. I’ll share more of those styles soon, but right now let me formally introduce you to the styles currently taking pride of place in my shoedrobe.
THE EVERYDAY SANDAL
WEARING A HEEL CAN BE COMFORTABLE
The Nikki, she comes in tan and ever stylish black, and is always a sell-out. The Nikki has an 8 cm block heel with buckle closure. I really can stand for hours in these! Because I have a high foot bed I did need to stretch these babies a little, a few wears around home did the trick.
A LOW WEDGE SANDAL
The Penni is my go to light tan sandal, (also available in tan and black reptile) with a low wedge heel, flattering cross over ankle straps and adjustable Velcro straps across the toes, the Penni has you covered.
KICKS THAT ROCK MY WORLD
And my favourite, the Nat. Oh.M.Gee, you know how much I freakin love a sneaker (and have quite a collection) well the Nat has my heart. I have the cream (goes with everything) and the white and I’m sure I’ll add the black. With an elastic gusset you can wear the Nat with or without laces and feel supported. I’m waiting for a funky laces range to be added to the the Frankie4 Footwear offering so I can really personalise my Nat’s. (Hint hint)
SOMETHING EXCITING FOR YOU
Now, I can’t have all the fun so let’s give away one $200 voucher so that one of you can get some fabulous Frankie4’s on your feet. Sound good? Thanks to Frankie4 one lucky Styling Curvy reader will be in foot heaven. Shoegasmic!
All you need to do is head to the Frankie4 site, choose your favourite style of Frankie4 shoes and let me know the style and where you would wear it in the comments below...easy peasy.
Entries open Sunday 19th March 2016 and close Sunday 26th March 2016 with winner announced Monday 27th March. Giveaway open to Australian residents aged 18+. By entering you agree to be contacted by email and for Styling Curvy to publish your name on the blog. Frankie4 Footwear will also receive your contact details.
If you happen to fall in love with a pair of Frankie4 Footwear keep in mind they do offer AFTERPAY, which means you receive your shoes and your purchase is paid for over 4 fortnightly payments. Sweet! Find your local stockists here.
I can’t wait to hear which shoes you would choose.
Does your shoedrobe have any Frankie4 shoes? If so, which ones?
Till next time
This post is brought to you by Frankie4 (sponsored) which means I get paid for the work I do while bringing you product I believe in, in my own words. Some items sent to me for editorial consideration in line with my disclosure policy.