Here on the East Coast, we’ve been experiencing a bit of a bummer summer: rain when you least expect it and, well, more rain. And when it’s hot and pouring, the last thing we want to do is stick our feet into stuffy Wellies, not to mention lug them to work. Enter the City Slipper by SWIMS, a silicon cover made to fit high heels. Made for days like today (beautiful, sunny morning; torrential afternoon), the galoshes can fit almost any pair of pumps, and even have soles made to handle wet weather (as a touch of added cuteness, the bottoms are imprinted with maps of international cities). For the ladies who prefer flat soles, there’s also an adorable ballerina model that comes in a bunch of colors including a girly bubble gum pink or a classic yellow. You might just start praying for rain. But please don’t. On the other hand, while these are kind of genius in some ways, are they too ugly (not to mention far too expensive) to wear, even when it’s pouring out? [$88.38 and up, Swimstore.com]
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It’s a vicious cycle: You wear your new super hot, strappy high heels and the next day your feet look like they’ve been in the boxing ring. Then, the only way to wear your shoes again is to protect your wounds with band-aids that slip out of place, or you end up taking them off anyhow because they’re so unsightly and you’re wincing every time you take a step. Problem solved thanks to Nexcare Clear First Aid Tape. Just place over blisters, and no one (save for foot fetishists) will notice.
Unfortunately, we can’t take credit for this genius fashion fix. Rather, it arrived via our friends at Teen Vogue who found the solution. We were so enthusiastic that we had to share the good news. Sometimes the most amazing insider fashion secrets hardly cost you anything. [$2.49, Drugstore.com via Teen Vogue] Keep reading »
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 »