I’ve been buying a lot of red lately. Red filing folders, red notebooks, red scarves, red shoes.
Red is the colour of fortune in the Chinese philosophy. I’m all about attracting good fortune into my life.
I think everyone really should be shouldn’t they?
I was recently asked to try Ziera Shoes to see if they are a good fit for travel. I know that they are a company focused on producing shoes that are comfortable and supportive, and foot wear is pretty important when you are trekking all over the planet.
You want the comfort and the durability.
I wouldn’t usually buy red shoes because of the fear that they would be too loud and I’d look silly. I’m not really a fashionista and don’t have the confidence to pull off any unusual styles. Ah, really I don’t have the confidence to pull off any style.
As soon as I walked into the shop I saw the red shoes and was instantly drawn to them. I battled between my fear and my desire and with a push from Craig, I decided to shake the fear, move out of my comfort zone and seize the fortune.
The red Ziera gummibear shoes.
I’m really glad I did. I took them to the Problogger conference in Melbourne to test out their travel value, and their lucky fortune.
Here are my results:
Visibility and attractiveness:
I had many people commenting on how much they loved my shoes. I know a couple of people had said they were waiting to see them in real life after a couple of sneak previews via instagram.
The shoes fit in with different styles of clothes. I wore it with jeans, long grey business pants and a black dress. They looked good with all of them. The less shoes to carry the better.
My red shoes are the perfect fit for travel because it will be hard for your friends to lose you. They will see you amongst the crowds and for miles away. Immediately puts you in the fortune zone.
Really this is all a traveller cares about. And it checks off the boxes. I did not get one blister, which usually happens to me when wearing in a new pair of shoes.
I walked around the city, spent all day walking the conference halls, and partied into the wee hours with them.
Ziera shoes are known for comfort and support. They are quite an old company and have had a reputation for being comfortable, yet clunky shoes. They have really modernized and revamped their style to retain the comfort factor, but to have them a little more stylish.
The fortune is in the comfort.
I can’t really comment on this one yet as I’ve only worn them for a week. But, based on the feel of them, the leather fabric and quality workmanship I feel pretty confident they will last a couple of years. I certainly want them to clock up some travel miles.
Sometimes it pays to buy the quality to cost you less in the long wrong. Fortune at work.
I think my shoes were really lucky. They managed to get in some extra leg room on the plane going to Melbourne with front row seats. I wore them during my panel discussion at the Conference and I did not stutter over any words.
They took me to one of the most delicious meals in Chinatown with friends, and a breakfast with Craig’s best mate in Melbourne, which he shouted. (Thanks Danny, next time I think I’ll get the extra-large soy flat white!)
What do you think? Do they look like lucky shoes to you?
Disclaimer: I received a pair of Ziera shoes for the review