Filed by Linda Wang
I thought I had brought my most comfortable pair of dress shoes to Boston, but they’ve in fact turned into my worst enemy. My size 7 ½ black flats have now stretched to a size 12 to accommodate my poor swollen feet.
One of the things you learn real fast at these national meetings is that, no matter what they tell you, comfort should be your number one priority. After all, it’s pretty distracting listening to a talk when all you can think about are your feet.
To find out which shoes offer the best combination of style and comfort, I decided to consult my fellow meeting-goers.
Brian Steinberg, a fourth-year chemistry grad student at Boston College, thinks everyone should own a pair of checkered Keds.
Arthur Watterson, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, swears by his Rockports.
Kevin Gagnon, an undergrad at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, prefers cowboy boots.
Johnny Chen, a postdoc at Texas A&M, likes wearing his sandals with socks.
And Stephanie Ng, a fifth-year chemistry grad student at Boston College, is much happier in her flats than I am in mine.
Elsewhere, I spotted Naiyiri Panossian, a grad student from NYU, and A. Sullivan, a grad student at the University of Massachusetts, walking side-by-side in stylish high heels.
Ouch—that’s all I can say.