A couple months ago I wrote a post about my latest pair of painful high heels (seriously, my toenail is still bruised from wearing them for three hours!) and begged the Frisky community for help finding a pair of truly comfortable heels. You guys delivered with some awesome brand recommendations that I’ve been meaning to compile into a list–complete with online shopping links–for quite awhile. Thanks again for all your suggestions, and now, without further ado, I present The Frisky’s shoppable guide to comfortable high heeled shoes… Keep reading »
Last week I was wandering the aisles of Nordstrom Rack and found the cutest pair of blue suede Franco Sarto pumps (shown above). When I slipped them on, they fit my feet perfectly and felt shockingly comfortable thanks to a bit of padding in the sole and a relatively low heel, at least compared to the 5-inch monsters I always accidentally buy and then never wear. I thought I had finally hunted down my white whale: a pair of heels that were cute and comfortable, but then I wore them over the weekend, and after about an hour, I wanted to DIE. Seriously, my feet are still aching, and now I’m feeling hopeless about the existence of truly comfortable high heels. So let’s talk this out, shall we? I would love to hear about any brands you love, or random tips for making uncomfortable shoes more comfortable. Do my feet just need to get more accustomed (and by “accustomed” I mean numb) to wearing heels? Are you one of those people who wears high heels every day? How in God’s name do you do it?!
After the jump, check out other Frisky staffers’ picks for most and least comfortable heels, and please (pretty please) share your own in the comments! Keep reading »
In my humble opinion, T-strap heels might be the sexiest shoes of all. There’s something about their retro vibe and the way they draw attention to the ankle that is just so freakin’ fabulous. Also? They look amazing with contrasting tights or hosiery. I found 10 pairs of T-straps in an array of colors, heel heights, and price points. Click through to check ‘em out!
Suede pumps can be an amazingly versatile piece in your fall wardrobe. Wear them with tights and pencil skirts. Wear them with wide-leg trousers. Wear them with dark skinny jeans scrunched at the ankles. Wear them to work, on dates, and out to dinner with the girls. Convinced yet? If so, click through to check out 10 gorgeous pairs of suede pumps in a rainbow of beautiful colors!
An outfit isn’t an outfit without the right shoes. The wrong pair can turn an otherwise show-stopping ensemble into something subpar, but there are no written rules — choosing is trial and error. Regardless, there are a few basic varieties of shoes that every woman should have in her closet for different reasons. Sure, they may be “safe” choices, but having a solid arsenal of standby kicks and knowing what to wear them with can make getting dressed in the morning that much easier.
One of the people behind the scenes at The Frisky is our General Manager Mina Lux. Mina is insane in a really wonderful way, best illustrated by the fact that, no matter what the weather is outside — I’m talking rain, hail, blizzard, flood, ice storm, whatever – she is in sky-high, platform heels. So when she came to me and said she wanted to curate a slideshow of heels, I decided to let her go wild, provided she stayed below a certain price point. Here are 35 pairs that get her approval.
You probably don’t think a lot about how your shoes are made … until, that is, you’ve been standing in them for two hours and you’re thinking in dire agony, What the eff kinda person thought these heels would carry me through the day … or the next two blocks?! Despite the painful downfalls of the high heel’s structure, there’s quite a bit of science that goes into the design in order to make the shoe work. Balance must be achieved, and a reinforced shank must be perfectly placed and angled in order to evenly distribute weight.
Ask Christian Louboutin or Manolo Blahnik about their wares, and you might get the impression that they’re physics experts more than they are fashion designers. Blahnik tells the New York Times, “‘Balance is the most important aspect of creating a 115-millimeter heel. To achieve it, I use a compass, a ruler, my eyes and my hands.’ Some designers now use a CAD, or computer-assisted design, system in their work but Mr. Blahnik said he would rather do everything himself — ‘I am a traditionalist,’ he said.” Keep reading »
Once you’ve covered all your shoe necessities — neutral pumps, knee-high boots, ballet flats — it’s time to have fun with your footwear. We like the idea of using cork for the shoe upper as opposed to the platform. Plus the cap toe looks like someone had a spray paint accident, adding another surprise element. Now that Oh Deer! has stopped painting the soles of their shoes red like that other famous shoemaker, we know we won’t lose cool points for rocking these. [$119.99, Piperlime] Keep reading »
Pink satin shoes usually scream “bridesmaid” to us, but these awesome peep-toe pumps from Colin Stuart have us SMITTEN. The black and boudoir-pink combo looks both sexy and chic. We’d pair with a black pencil skirt and pearls to exude a retro-Chanel feel or rock out these four-inch lovelies with jeans, a T-shirt, and a fitted blazer for a smartly mismatched look. Either way, they’re totally hot. Oh, and did we mention they’re $75? Don’t say we never did anything for you… [$75, VictoriasSecret.com] 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 »