When it comes to epic Sex and the City moments, few are so memorable as the one where Carrie is chosen to be in a “real New Yorkers” fashion show and asks the designers – Dolce & Gabbana, no less – to put her “in the big gals’ shoes”. Only she ends up with heels so high that even she can’t pull them off and ends up tripping and falling on the catwalk. The episode is funny and relatable – because who hasn’t had a heel mishap?
For me, it was my wedding day. I had spent at least 15 years wearing heels without ever falling victim to a disaster that had hit many of my friends: the heel breaking. Even though most of my shoes were dirt-cheap and some were second hand, the heels were sturdy enough to carry me through life. Until my Big Day came and the dainty heel on one of my brand-new wedding shoes simply snapped. Fortunately it happened after our first dance as a couple, and even more fortunately, my new husband wasted no time, found a hammer and some glue somewhere, and quickly and seamlessly brought the shoe back to life, reminding me once again why I had chosen to marry him.
Heels, despite all the love we have for them, can be a tricky business. Aside from that pain we all know too well, that too-familiar pressure on the balls of your feet that’s fully capable of ruining a night out dancing, heels also carry the risk of breaking, getting stuck places and simply getting in the way of, well, life. So why do we love them so? “I don’t know who invented high heels, but women owe him a lot”, quipped Marilyn Monroe in her day. It’s actually ‘her’ , and not ‘him’, as the first person who brought elevated shoes for women into fashion was Catherine De Medici (that stylish little thing) in the 16th century, although heels date all the way back to ancient Egypt, when they were worn both by women and men.
Since heels are here to stay, we might as well do our best to learn to walk (and even run) in them. Here’s how, according to Bebe Mehr, founder of Coquette, the brand behind the most strikingly beautiful vegan shoes.
Sleek and minimalistic, this is a heel for beginners: you can actually walk in these.
Because you can never go wrong with a scarlet touch. Wear with a LBD and a slash of matching red lipstick #bombshell
Featuring the eco-friendly marvel that is cork, this pair from Sydney Brown is perfect for summer. The metal heel lends an edge.
The epitome of elegance. Will look good with absolutely everything.
The party piece, guaranteed to turn heads whether you’re pairing them with jeans or a mini dress.
No reptiles were harmed in the making of this femme fatale stiletto. The perfect day-to-night look that smolders in a subtle way.