Meet a pair of tights with a welcome foot-saving secret.
When I first heard about the new Hanes Convert-A-Tight, I thought, oh, that's nice, but rather unenthusiastically.
It's when I had a personal reason for needing their convertible abilities that they became a life-saver of sorts — and then I really appreciated the brilliance of this new design.
So, what is so great about the new Convert-A-Tight, you ask?
Well, like many stockings/tights these days, they have a silhouette-slimming control-top to hold in the tummy. And maximum blackout coverage so no spider veins, varicose veins, or other blotchiness on legs will show. Plus, all black tights under an all-black or all-white outfit is a great fashion forward look.
Here's what they say about the secret part:
"It's a single pair of hosiery that works hard as tights, plays hard as leggings and looks good doing both."
The secret: A patent-pending toe pocket that completely envelopes the toe so they can function either as a full tight OR they fold back to form a legging.
Why this is genius:
- you can go from work straight into a yoga class, especially if you're late (which I always am)
- you can go from yoga (or Pilates, whatever) to work, or out without the big pulaver of changing
- you can switch to open-toe shoes, especially ones with a toe divider like flip-flops or sandals.
But the real reason I love them is what I was explaining in:
Painful feet. No one ever tells that that is a part of getting older. So when Dr. Dina Tsentserensky discovered I had neuroma in my feet (and had to have shots in both feet, no less!) I had to keep bandages and then pads on them just above the ball of the foot (if you have a burning pain there, you might have neuroma too — hie thee to a podiatrist!).
But I kept putting tights on and forgetting to put the pads on and was too lazy or too rushed to take them off and start again. With Convert-A-Tight it's easy to put anything on your feet, and then put your boots on (Hanes also has new tights just for boot wearers that make wearing boots more comfy, although they don't convert). Convert-A-Tights are also ideal if you get a blister or any other foot issue that requires you being able to get to your feet.
I've been hesitant to talk about feet problems — I don't know why, it's not glamorous I guess. But I talk about a lot of other real-life fashion problems that aren't glamorous either so.... And I noticed in my mom's More magazine, that they are talking about foot problems now (Diane Lane is on the cover).
Even Hoda & Kathie Lee espouse the virtues of Convert-A-Tight, so... so there!
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