A sponsored post for FRANKiE4 Footwear
I knew that this trip to New York was going to be much different from my last. For a start, the time of the year was different: last time it was the middle of an oppressively hot summer. Cab rides were the travel of choice as hitting the pavements and jumping in the subway were just too hot. This time it was very early spring so we had weather around the 5-15 degrees, perfect for getting around. Last time it was about eating and drinking and shopping, this time much more about visiting as many Museums and sights as we could as it was Rob’s first visit as an adult (he visited as a 10 ryo). Last time it was girlfriends and Sex and the City, this time much more of a romantic together time.
But the biggest difference?
Walking. And lots of it. And I mean LOTS of it. No matter the weather, rain, no hail (but we did get some sleet) and sunshine we hit the sidewalks from about 9am to 4pm every day, resting in the afternoon before heading back out at night to walk the streets again. In total over the 10 days we were there, we walked 136.4kms! And that includes a day when I was so hungover I only walked 4 steps from the bed to the bathroom! So our feet covered some streets, some subway steps, some museums and galleries and a few restaurants in between. No plans, no kids to bribe, just us and our feet, an unlimited subway ticket and the city was ours to discover.
I was lucky enough to get a chance to collaborate with the fantastic Australian footwear label FRANKiE4 to road test some of their new Autumn Winter collection. I’ve long been a fan of this company: designed by an Australian podiatrist & physiotherapist Caroline McCulloch, these shoes have hidden support while still looking good. The balance between practicality and style is perfect and these 3 styles I tried out while on our trip did not let me down.
There were three styles that I took with me that I wore every day. For many, many kilometres.
The beauty of these being that they could be dressed up or down, interchanged with of my wardrobe and had enough support to keep my trotters happy day in, day out over many kms.
Let’s take a closer look at each of them.
NAT was probably the hardest working shoe in the suitcase. I made sure I had worn them before I left so that they had turned from new shoe into a slipper. The thing that surprised me most of all was how quickly they wore in…they adjusted to my feet perfectly and quickly and were so comfortable over big distances. I love the new rounded toe on this style (I also have some ELLiE’s that aren’t as round) as well as the chic plain white that is so popular at the moment. While I was mostly wearing them with jeans and pants you could totally wear them with dresses and skirts. I’ll be grabbing some more of these in black and I suspect they will be part of my winter uniform.
Even though when you are travelling comfort is usually the choice over style, but I wanted to make sure I had a heel or something I could dress up for dinner or some of the nice lunches that we went to and that’s where iZZY came in. Now I am tall (174cm) so don’t really need any extra height, but I do love popping on a heel to make those legs extra taller – and while you might think a 70mm heel takes away any comfort, I can tell you that I walked well over 10kms in these without any problems. Seriously! And what doesn’t work with tan? Perfect with black or denim and now I’m back home I will definitely be wearing with skirts and dresses and tights. Loved these boots.
And the best in between the sneaker look and boot look? A brogue of course! ALEX is my very first introduction to the brogue look and I have to say it may have started a life long love affair. A dressier version of a flat, I love the laser cut detailing (it even showed my fancy red pedi I had done) and was perfect for the warmer days with jeans…and had I taken a frock it would have worked perfectly too. Comfortable and stylish…I really am a fan of these.
With these three beauties I was able to look good AND feel comfortable and when you are travelling, that’s everything. I can’t recommend them highly enough, honestly. And now I’m home, I can’t wait to give them all a good workout this autumn and winter.
And the fact that I have all these fabulous photos of ME in New York to look back on, rather than just behind the lens? Well that’s the icing on a very good cake. Perhaps from Magnolia Bakery?
Thank you FRANKiE4!
And as an extra special thank you to me FRANKiE4 are generously giving away a pair from their collection to YOU! All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me which shoe from their collection you’d love to slip your feet into this Autumn & Winter. Giveaway is open from Thursday 20th April until Thursday 27th April 2017 for Australian residents only. You can read the rest of the T&C’s here.
And of course you can check out the full range here.
And if that’s not all I have an exclusive BabyMac reader discount of 20% of any orders for the next 48 hours (20th-22nd April 2017) for online and concept store only (not valid at independent stockists)
- 48 hrs only , no rain checks
- free and fast delivery
- not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Just enter the code BabyMac20 at checkout for the next 48 hours only.
How important are good shoes for you when travelling?
What’s your favourite look that I wore?
And for a chance to win, leave a comment below telling me what shoe YOU would love to win!
I was gifted the 3 pairs of shoes from FRANKiE4 footwear to take with me to NY.