I’m just not a heels girl. That doesn’t mean I don’t like heels — oh, I do — but I love my feet more. I bust out the odd heel every now and again for nights out, formal occasions, and important meetings, but for the most part, I live in flats, booties, and Birkenstocks. Can you blame me?
That said, there’s nothing more unattractive than a girl that can’t walk in heels — yet insists on wearing them. This usually happens during Fashion Week, when heels (along with sneakers, surprisingly) become a uniform of sorts. It’s always really, really fun to watch the newbies traipse up and down the steps at Lincoln Center, teeter-tottering in their stilettos (even better when this all happens during a snowstorm, like F/W 2014).
One of the best pieces of advice I received was from a big-time editor at a major magazine several years ago: unless you don’t regularly wear heels, don’t wear them to a really important meeting, like an interview or a client dinner. No one will say anything about those flats or that low heel, but they definitely won’t stop talking about a girl that’s walking like she has a tree growing between her legs. Instead, opt for a shoe that you’ve either spent time breaking in, or a lower (think 3 inches or shorter) heel. Trust me: your feet will thank you later.
Take a look at the cutest walkable heels — I bet you won’t even miss those Kim Kardasian-esque pumps.
The Top Comfortable Heels
Valentino Leather Rockstud Kitten Heel ($995)
These are the heels that spurned a million knockoffs, and got just about every editor, celebrity, and girl-about-town in a tizzy. There’s a reason these are known ’round the world: besides being super chic, they’re crazy comfortable. The heel is just the right height to give you a bit of a lift, yet still manageable. The studs add an edgy touch to an otherwise feminine silhouette. Wear these with a feminine frock, a pair of skinny jeans, or even with your favorite cutoff shorts — seriously, these guys go with everything.
L.K. Bennett Pointed Toe Pumps – Floret Signature Pump ($325)
There’s a reason Kate Middleton is a major fan of L.K. Bennett (she even wore a pair of wedges from the label the day after her wedding!). These pumps are made for walking, and still look every inch their taller counterpart. The point-toe adds a bit of sexiness, while the sleek patent leather is undeniably chic. Wear these as you would your favorite black heels — trust me, your feet will thank you.
Jeffrey Campbell Callista Kitten Heel Pumps ($120)
Jeffrey Campbell — otherwise known as the messiah for cool girls everywhere — came out with easily the coolest heel ever. The chic d’orsay pump comes in a dual-texture look: ultra-soft suede at the toe, and a patent leather heel cap. While there are three different colors to pick from (a nude, a black, and a grey), I recommend opting for the dove grey to pair with black skinnies.
Loeffler Randall Tali Perforated Pumps ($350)
Summer calls for a fantastic red heel. These Loeffler Randall stunners are made for late nights and movie dates. The laser-cut geometric patterns add a modern spin, and keep the shoe from being too ladylike. Wear paired with a pair of boyfriend jeans, or better yet, a full A-line skirt.
Disclaimer: All prices are correct as of June 18, and are subject to change.