platform shoes

We Love Our High Heels

February 23, 2012 at 10:26 am , by

At the Saks flagship store shoe sale recently (yes, its shoe department really is big enough to have its own zip code!), I was mesmerized by table after table loaded with five-, six- and even seven-inch heels—all marked down. “So this must mean that the giant platform high-heel craze is on the wane?” I asked the dapper salesguy standing nearby.

“Not at all,” he replied. “You should see the styles that are just coming in!” So okay, I bought the five-inch pair above.

Our fashion editor, Sue Erneta, agrees that shoes aren’t coming down to earth quite yet. “We’re still seeing tons of high, high, high heels,” she says. She loves the platform styles because at 5-foot-1, she says they give her the lift she needs. “And a platform in a high heel is much easier to walk in—especially if it has a chunkier heel for stability,” she says (although her leopard-print pumps, left, don’t have that). She pulls one off and demonstrates how to subtract the platform height (an inch) from the heel height (four inches) to get the adjusted actual lift (a mere three). Sue’s Algorithm: Is this the new math?

There is also a return to the more classic, ladylike pump without a platform, she says (like the one my fellow healthlady, Jessica, is wearing, below). Some of them are super-pointy, too. Those can really mess up your feet! “I don’t wear anything I find uncomfortable,” says Sue. Hmm. Fashion editors may have a different pain threshold than us mere mortals.

Still, we have to admit, we love our high heels. That’s why we created our story “Killer Heels” in the March issue, with everything you need to know about skyscrapers and the foot problems they can cause. We know you can’t give them up completely. Neither can we. Hey, we believe that with sexy shoes—as with all things chocolate—moderation is the key.

My crazy shoes

June 15, 2011 at 9:21 am , by

My boss thinks I’m crazy. No, really. You should have seen her face when she saw the shoes I was wearing yesterday. Actually, a lot of people think I’m crazy for the heels I wear. But to me, they make perfect sense.

You see, I’m 5’1″. (Well, really 5′ 3/4″ but don’t tell anyone.) And in this glamorous fashion industry filled with statuesque beauties, I can often feel a little intimidated if I choose flats on a day when everyone else is wearing heels. (And believe me, most people working in fashion wear heels everyday.) But I promise – I’m not crazy enough to wear uncomfortable shoes. Anything that pinches my toes, causes major blisters or makes the balls of my feet throb, gets left in the back of the closet (or the shoe graveyard under my desk). And lucky for me, I consider sky-high heels to be comfortable with one caveat – there’s got to be a platform in the front. I don’t know what I’ll do when this platform trend is over because it really saves me everyday.

So, other than my need for a little extra height (with a 4-5 inch heel, I can actually be…not tall but…average!), there’s one other reason why I wear these crazy shoes. I like them. And isn’t that what fashion is all about?

So, tell me…what crazy trend do you follow just because you like it?

Photo of the Pawla shoe from Boutique 9 courtesy of Nine