3 Reasons why we need more mid heels

Thursday, 27 March 2014
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Outfit: Alexander Wang t-shirt (or in the U.S here), The Kooples sweatpants, Hermes Cape Cod watch and (trying out) Sam Edelman Sabrina

Shoe shopping is something I do when I'm feeling particularly masochistic. It's like going through labor pains and denying myself epidural. Okay, that sounds rather dire but that's what I'm feeling right now because I went......shoe shopping yesterday. My despondency has got to do with a few well known rants of mine.

First of all, I'm finding the prices for designer shoes these days have escalated beyond control. Most cost more than my monthly grocery bill. I can't tell whether my old Manolos are in fact better quality than the newer ones......which brings me to point number 2. They're bloody uncomfortable. For that kind of money, I expect my feet to be enfolded in ergonomically designed cushioned soles. I should be able to walk for a few hours without feeling like someone's hacking my feet into pieces (sorry for the horrible visual).

Most of my friends have confided that they have lost the ability to walk in high heels after having kids. Like me. Yet, most of the shoes in stores have heels that look like skinny skyscrapers or as flat as a pancake but nothing in between. Two extremes with very few choices for those who would like to have beautiful and affordable mid heeled sandals that we can comfortably walk in. Do designers think that women who wear their shoes are meant to be carried around in sedan chairs? Or that we'd paid a fortune for the privilege of owning these gorgeous heels but we need to spend more on cabs because we can't walk?

Rant number three. Utterly uninspiring shoes for shitloads of money. Like the boring and plain Prada pumps or kitten heels that look similar to the ones from the previous season and the season before that. Ditto for Marni, Nicholas Kirkwood, Chloe and Miu Miu. Please no more ankle straps...... *yawn* So I asked a sales associate at Liberty's shoe department about her thoughts on the current collections. "Is there anything (injecting a hint of desperation) you can recommend that's slightly more edgy, has a wow factor but nothing beyond 2.75 inches high? Oh, and something that doesn't require me to sell my kidney?" We looked around and there was......... nothing. Kudos to her for telling the truth and not trying to sell me something she wouldn't wear herself.

Actually, there was a pair of Sam Edelman "Sabrina" wedge sandals that I was pretty satisfied with. In fact, the size US 5 was perfect for my unusually small size US 4 feet (medium width). They're £150 at Liberty's but if you're lucky enough to be born with normal sized feet, I suggest you get them from Revolve Clothing because the exchange rate worked out to be £66. Spartoo sells them for £126.99. I stood, walked, hopped (I was "testing" it out) for 10 minutes. The straps didn't cut into my feet. The soles were adequately cushioned. My legs look longer than they actually are despite the low-ish 2.5 inch heel height. Most importantly, I can walk comfortably.

There's a real gap in the market that most designers have missed. I've spoken to a few stores and they tell me that mid heeled shoes are selling like hotcakes. That's probably because the selection is ridiculously limited. Mid heels shouldn't look like puke inducing orthopedic granny shoes. Look at the Valentino Rockstud kitten heels that have saturated the entire blogosphere. You'd think more shoe designers will realize that yes, we women would like sexy, eye catching heels that we can walk in. #rantover. Does anyone have any other edgier looking mid heels that you can recommend?





25 comments:

  1. Oh Marlene, I hear you. I just went shoe shopping and tried a pair of Manolo Blahnik. Love how it made my legs and my wallet looks slimmer...so I decided not to buy in the end.

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  2. They look amazing on you!! I have to say some of the best mid heels I have are the M&S block heel courts - the Limited version aren't leather - but the Autograph version are...we need more definitely - I like a heel but break my neck in anything over 3" these days! x

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  3. Completely agree with all your points. Have you tried Tracey Neuls? She has two stores in London (Marylebone and Shoreditch) and an online shop. Her shoes are incredibly funky, comfortable, reasonably priced, made in Portugal, and with absolutely fabulous heel heights. I have three pairs and want more! I can walk for miles in her shoes, most of which have rubber soles. I love supporting indie designers and she's my favourite shoe designer. She also happens to be Canadian but that's coincidental!

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    1. I'm in the wrong blog. I looked at her web site, and the shoes are outrageously expensive.

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  4. Those look perfect! The US brand, Nine west usually has some good and affordable choices! I'm totally with you on mid-heels.

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  5. See what having children has done for our shoe collections?! I can't bare a high heel these days either & this is coming from a girl who once didn't own anything but sky scraper heels! They are gorgeous on you Marlene! They are the perfect sandal with the perfect heel with the perfect amount of edge! The sweatpants are superb too & now I know why you went to so much trouble to get them! Ax

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  6. I don't really like heels and rarely wear them, only on a night out and only if I know I won't be walking or standing much. I love those shoes though, they look fab on you. And your outfit looks perfect for a day shopping. Comfy, casual,l chic.

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  7. I've never been a big high-heel wearer, but my feet have become increasingly more sensitive to heels lately. I had to send back a gorgeous pair of Chie Mihara heeled oxfords (which are some of the more ergonomic and well-padded heels out there) because I had to admit my feet didn't feel completely comfortable,and I couldn't tolerate it. I also tend to be somewhat clumsy, and if wedges don't have a wide enough base at the bottom, I'll fall off those too. Both the poor quality of women's shoes and the lack of selection of stylish, walkable shoes have been a constant source of frustration.

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  8. First, you look sensational: love the shoes and how they play against the black simplicity of the look.
    My high heel wearing days were dramatic and short-lived, now I truly detest the look of high heeled shoes and writhe at the sight of overdone women mincing along looking silly .
    Always loved ballet flats but now the arches and ankles complain if I walk too much in them and walking is what I love . I want a ballet flat, preferably Mascaro , with a lowish 1.5'' block heel [ not kitten] Doesn't exist sadly !
    Those Sam Edelman Trina are v v comfortable, he knows how to make a good shoe.

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  9. I have been looking for an edgier shoe myself to alternate with my Louboutin you you's that I have had for a number of years. Something I can walk in without looking like I have soiled myself......... I am so out of practice of wearing heels above 2 inches these days. These look great on you and will really fit into your wardrobe with ease....... I have the Trina's on my wish list for my holidays. Xx

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  10. Get them. You've been after a gladiator style pair for a while now and here's a pair which are flattering and in your size and fulfill the brief. What are you waiting for? Or have you ordered them already??

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    1. thinking of getting them if I can't find a better alternative.

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  11. I have a two year old and now hardly ever wear heels. I was on the look out for some mid heels for ages and eventually splurged on a pair of black rockstuds. They were the most money I have ever spent on shoes but I love them! Every time I wear them, I get compliments and they are very comfortable plus I no longer spend hours on the web trying to find cheaper shoes with a mid heel.... so I feel it was money well spent in the long run! I'm trying to buy less these days but prepared to spend more on quality if it ticks all the boxes for me
    Get those Sam Edelmans, they look lovely, edgy and bonus if they are comfy and a good price too :-)

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  12. Ooh, these look SO good on you. Am no help with heel recommendations, sadly. My feet are an absolute mess, and I cannot wear them unless I will be seated the entire time...so I rarely buy any.

    Alissa

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  13. They look fab fab fab and , don't laugh, i have the most amazing pair of chloe style multi strap wedge sandals in tan from two years ago from.................... CLARKS! I genuinely think 95 % of shoes in there are not for me but it's worth a random look I promise. Having said that, the SE ones look so fab and if they're comfy, go for them. I've always found them really great quality - I have about 5 pairs!

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    1. Clarks??!! I shouldn't sound all that surprised because I found a pair of sandals that looked fantastic. I haven't seen anything fab since. Must look harder.

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  14. Love the outfit; those shoes are great! I'd love more comfy sandal options as well. Years ago I stumbled upon a style from Aerosoles (small wedge) that got a lot of compliments. Haven't seen anything since, but worth a quick look every so often. S in HK

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  15. They look perfect on you. I hope you have them. I am totally with you and agree with all your' sentiments entirely. I have been very happy with my boots from lowly Next. I cannot do heels over 8cm and these give a bit of slink. H xx

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  16. The Kooples pants looks fabulous on you!

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  17. Yes to this post, completely!
    I have been moaning about the lack of good looking mid heeled footwear for years now, and just when a few began to pop up in stores I developed a penchant for pointy toes, which tend to only ever come entirely flat, kitten heeled or stilettoed. I have had a fair amount of luck with Kurt Geiger, although my prettiest pair of mid heeeld pointy toed shoes came from Asos - and sadly fell apart within a few months.

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    1. The only pointy shoes with a decent chunky mid heel I've seen so far are the ones from Nicholas Kirkwood. Not cheap though.

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  18. Hi!

    I totally agree. I just splurged on a pair of Isabel Marant Milla Bow tie ankle boots and I have to admit that I can barely walk on them (However they do look fabulous :)). Normally I buy shoes from Fratelli Rossetti. They are amazing! Even the very high heeled ones are extremely comfortable and I could walk on them for hours. The price tag is rather high, but during sales season you still have a lot of choice.

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    1. LOL! *shamefaced* I have bought a few beautiful designer shoes and LOVED how they look on me - as long as I don't have to look. Thanks for the suggestion! I haven't thought of Fratelli Rossetti in years. Will keep them in mind when the sales season rolls around.

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  19. Hear hear!

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