With New York fashion week fast approaching, I have been thinking a lot about my feet. My poor, battered feet — the pain I’ve put them through! They don’t deserve it one bit. I hope they realize my intentions have always been good. I’ve wanted only to make them look pretty — even sexy — which can be a tall order for feet (unless you have one of those fetishes). And while I believe I have sometimes succeeded, and even made the rest of me look taller and more attractive in the process, I’m starting to feel bad about my foot abuse. Mainly because it hurts and makes me not only miserable but unable to efficiently travel any significant distance on foot (significant being further than a block).
Which brings me back to fashion week, when my footwear will really be put to the test. I will run from show to show, ride the subway, and most likely get lost on the streets of New York more than once. Ironically this is when I’m inclined to abuse my feet more than normal. Feeling stylish for me has always gone hand in hand with sky-high platform shoes. But does it have to be that way?
Of course not. There is something decidedly lovely about a woman who’s comfortable, relaxed and above all not struggling to walk because of her stilettos. This dawned on me in a major way as I watched Midnight in Paris recently and marveled over Marion Cotillard’s sublime ’20s costumes. My favorite moments were her strolls through Paris with Owen Wilson. She was divine and charming and unstruggling as she navigated cobblestone streets in her two- maybe three-inch heels.
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Some women are pros at wearing heels and don’t suffer foot pain (or claim not to). Power to them, but sadly I can’t count myself among those lucky ladies. And it’s almost as painful to watch a woman walk awkwardly in high heels as it is to wear them. So as much as I ADORE these leopard Alaia 5.5-inch heel platform booties, I’m rethinking my approach for this fashion week. The thing is, I just CAN’T do flats. So here are some options I came up with, what do you guys think (you can scroll left to right)? Is it better to be tall and awesome with foot pain than short and comfortable?
P.S. It was hard to find shoes that were cute and under three inches, so some of these are three inches and the Michael Kors are 3.75.