In the hopes of avoiding lawsuits and the wrath of women everywhere, Charles David just recalled 3,200 pairs of shoes for potentially faulty heels. And thank god, because we’ve all been there: You’re walking down the street, stairs, whatever, in your heels and feeling kind of like the s**t when all of a sudden one of those bad boys snaps right off and swaggering turns quickly into stumbling with a side of crashing and burning. Rarely do we see it coming, it’s pretty much always horrifying, and sometimes you even get a sprained ankle as an added bonus. In short, few things are more sartorially infuriating than a broken heel. [WWD]
But as some famous guy somewhere must have once said, it’s not the tragedy so much as how you deal with it that speaks volumes about you as a person. We think the best way to handle the ruined shoe, street-dirtied outfit and shame combo is to laugh it off like a pro and totter back home for a change of footwear. But we’ve heard from a few victims of the heel horror who dealt with it a little differently. True tales of mortification and redemption after the jump, (and feel free to share your own in the comments)!
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“Designers with an obsession for towering torture chambers, often poorly designed for the well-being of the foot, must get a reality check.
I, for one, am over the mania for the high, high heel.
Too many career women look like a herd of fashion beasts, aping one another in impractical shoes.”
—Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley [Style.com] Keep reading »
Sexy stilettos may damage your feet, but they’re also wrecking the ancient marble floors of ancient Greek sites. Apparently, the temples are showing signs of aging worse than Pamela Anderson. “These monuments have a skin that suffers and people must realize that,” Eleni Korka, the director of Greek Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, warned. The Culture Ministry is asking women to lay off the pumps when visiting the sites this summer. A new law prohibiting drinking, eating, and strutting in spiked heels at the national treasures will go into effect January 2010. So, Victoria Beckham and other slaves to fashion, you best hit the sites before your shoes stop you from getting a little cultcha. [Breibart] Keep reading »
We are suckers for patent round toe pumps. They go with everything and are perfect for work and play. Black, on the other hand, does not always go with everything and can get rather boring anyway. That’s why these navy patent pumps are perfect for those days when you need an alternative neutral to compliment some fabulous outfit for which black simply will not do. Best of all, they are from Target, are almost embarrassingly affordable, and are (fairly) comfortable. Can we get a “Woohoo!?” [$29.99, Mossimo Valonia Pump] Keep reading »
They’re sexy and flattering. They boost your confidence and your height. They make kissing a tall man easier. Sure, we might hate high heels after wearing them all day, but we’ll still put them on the next day. After the jump, 10 notable facts about the amazing, elevating shoe. Keep reading »
When it’s gloomy and cold outside, I crave color. One of the best ways to spice up any winter outfit — from a dress with tights to your important business woman’s suit — is a pair of bright, colorful, punchy pumps. No longer should you relegate your footwear to black and brown! Jewel tones are especially in this season — after the jump, 10 pairs of pumps in a dizzying array of pinks, reds, purples, and blues. Oh, and one yellow, just cause. Keep reading »
Fast forward to 1:44 to view a horrible model fall, which hopefully didn’t result in a sprained ankle. Designer Miuccia Prada says the heels won’t be as high when they get to stores next spring. Keep reading to see the offending shoes… Keep reading »
We’ve written about how grotesque and just WRONG baby high heels are. But then we saw this video and realized that they’re pretty funny too. Keep reading »
The previous resident of my place must have been a shopaholic (takes one to know one), because that chick still crowds up my mailbox with all the catalogues she had sent here. Although I must admit, I thumb through them lustfully — even the crappy home furnishings one with mini stone waterfalls. As I was perusing the J.Crew fall mag, I spotted these beauties! Polka-dot-a-plenty, without being too retro. And that hot pink bow is, like, BAM! These Trixie Heels are sophisticated, yet they’ve still got spunk — just like my best gal pals. Now even my credit card wants to befriend them. [$248.00, J.Crew] Keep reading »