It’s no secret around these parts, I have a love affair with sneakers. Look, my body just isn’t a fan of heels and at my stage of life I wear what is comfortable. Now comfortable certainly does not have to mean ‘daggy’, so I do like my footwear to look and feel good.
I will wear sneakers with pretty much anything (and have done so) and now have quite the collection in a tonne of different colours, but white will always be my favourite.
This year I have been making a concerted effort to do better by my body and my health. It hasn’t been easy and some weeks I feel like I am taking one step forward and two steps back. Running a business, a household and looking after yourself is a tough gig, right?
I am post-menopausal, have a few health issues, work from home and carry quite a bit of extra weight and some days I feel like all the cards are stacked against me. So along with doing better by what I put in my body I have also been trying to fit in some exercise. Ugh I know it can be a drag but I honestly feel better mentally and physically when I can fit some into my day.
Exercise isn’t always easy to fit in so some days I need to be creative. I have started back at pilates, ride my bike occasionally and basically try to fit in incidental exercise or a quick walk where I can, so this means I have to be prepared and some days I will wear the active wear (and stay in it) and other days I want to be able to wear my regular clothes, but also feel ok about wearing a sneaker I can bang out a brisk walk in.
I never was great at Brownies or Girl Guides but I do know fashion and when I need footwear that is functional and fancy then I go directly to Frankie 4 Footwear. The team recently released their ‘Active range’ and I have been road-testing a few styles, because you guys will ask me what I think so I aim to please.
This is where we need a functional sneaker that also fits our personal style, I’m not talking bright and crazy colours that scream ‘look at me I am headed to the gym’. No, I want a more subtle sneaker that switches seamlessly from fashion to function…looks good and performs when I need to.
TAMBO is my new go-to shoe for light to moderate exercise. Suitable for my morning Pilates session or a quick supermarket shop or beach walk. Sometimes I throw them on when heading out for errands and I feel lighter on my feet and walk a few extra blocks. Incidental exercise all adds up!
Ummm yesss I did go for a bounce on a trampoline (or two). Look I aint gonna lie, I padded up (and you know what I mean by that) and went for it. It took exactly 4 bounces before my nerves left the building and my inner eight year old emerged! That feeling lasted about ten minutes before my 48 year old bladder kicked in, at least my shoes were on point though 🙂 Thanks to the team at BOUNCE Richmond Road for allowing me to shoot and play, I reccommend we all go for a bounce, it’s fun!
TAMBO is sleek enough to wear casual or for every day wear, with knit mesh panels, luxe leather panel feature and slimline design you can team her with active wear or your fashion look, heck you could even wear her to work if sneakers are acceptable in your workplace.
In short TAMBO is more of a fashionable alternative to the everyday (very sporty looking) sports shoe. She has a slip resistant sole designed to take on lots of different surfaces, perfect for my beach walks and road walks even in this wet winter weather. What I really love about this shoe is how lightweight it is to wear, it almost feels like I’m wearing nothing!
Now while TAMBO looks good and feels amazing there’s more to this shoe than meets the eye. Like the CUSTOM CONTROL assembly which is included in the box. Featuring the Podiatrist designed Functional Footbed which provides you with arch support and a cushioned heel cradle, the FRANKiE4 Lite Footbed, for those looking for a cushioned, soft minimal feel underfoot, plus a forefoot cushion to ensure you get the right fit, every time.
To make these shoes work for you everything is included in the box so you can personalise your fit to your activity. Did I mention Tambo is also orthotic friendly? Yup, they are. Find TAMBO here
With BiLLiE the team have taken all the things we love and expect from a Frankie4 Footwear shoe and have delivered it in a functional sports shoe, much like the TAMBO.
BiLLiE features a luxe lasercut feature finish giving this sneaker more of a fashionable edge. You will also find a breathable knit upper and they are slip resistant and secure underfoot.
I will say though that BiLLiE is a ‘slip in’ shoe. You kinda have to open up the neck of the shoe and slide your foot in and then you tighten the laces. This type of fit was daunting at first but I haven’t found it a problem. They actually feel very secure to wear with no slipping and I have had no blisters. Yay!
As with Tambo the BiLLiE is lightweight, orthotic friendly and also features the CUSTOM CONTROL assembly which is included in the box.
So now you really can mix fitness with lifestyle…function with fashion. You can even pack these new active sneakers in your holiday luggage and keep up with your daily activities or add in some extra exercise, like a run or a fitness class. Find BiLLiE HERE
HOW TO GET YOUR FEET INTO FRANKIE4 SNEAKERS
FRANKiE4 Footwear have two fabulous concept stores in Brisbane, located at Indooroopilly and Windsor. While the two stores are gorgeous spaces to visit and shop the shoes you also get access to experienced fitters who truly want to make sure you have the best shoe for your foot needs.
Of course, if you don’t live nearby, that’s ok. You will still be well looked after because you can buy online with confidence. If you are unsure about what works for your feet and your lifestyle then give the Frankie4 customer service team a call. They really are there to help you and get you in the right shoe. Phone 1300 721 898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When purchasing, Australian standard shipping is free plus you have 30 days from the date of purchase to exchange or return shoes provided they are in as-new condition and FRANKiE4 Footwear also covers return shipping. Now that is service. Naturally, this applies to non-sale items only.
til next time,
This post is part of a collaboration with Frankie4 footwear. Shoes were gifted and words and thoughts are all my own. Because I’m a big girl like that 🙂 Wanna know more about how I work with brands? Please see my disclosure policy x