It’s no secret that there are hills in San Francisco. Very, very, very steep hills. And, when you are staying at the very, very top of Nob Hill, at the Fairmont, there is a very, very good chance that you will walk up one of the very, very steep hills.
And blimey it knackers you out trotting up and down those hills. Of course I took the cable cars occasionally – I am not immune to their fabulous vintage charm and clanging bells, but other than that I pretty much walked everywhere.
And I discovered the perfect shoe to walk those hills in: wedge boots. In advance, I would have thought that a 3 inch heel would have been hideously uncomfortable, but a wedge spreads the weight of your leg and is much more comfortable for walking than a very flat shoe – for me anyway.
And, best of all, they are bloody genius for walking up steep hills as they lift up your heels and stop the ache in your calves. Genius.
They are extraordinarily comfortable, with padded ankles, so no danger of rubbing, and a padded sole to stop aching feet.