I feel as though I am currently living two different shoe lives.
My public life is spent constantly running around in high heels. Functions, nights out, weddings, funerals, meetings with the bank manager and more are all attended in heels – the higher, the better.
But the private me, the mommy playing football in the garden, running in the park or trying to manoeuvre the trolley with the wonky wheels at the supermarket, spends her time in flat ballerina pumps.
They are so much more comfortable and I can do so much more when I’m wearing them. But, try as I might to convert myself to their merits, I still never feel as glamorous or elegant as when I’m wearing those tottering, uncomfortable, foot torturing heels. And I know I’m not alone in feeling like this.
For some reason, high heels give women confidence. I admit I never feel more confident and self assured as when I’m wearing something with a stiletto or platform that could quite frankly induce vertigo. And I know that this isn’t just me. Who could forget Carrie Bradshaw as fashion roadkill, falling off a pair of vertiginous heels in Sex and the City? Or Samantha Cameron venturing on a sponsored walk wearing a pair of high heels.
Look how many women would put a pair of red soled Louboutins at the top of their Christmas list – a pair of cute Repetto flats just couldn’t compete. And going back to Carrie. just imagine her Bradshaw without those Manolos, or Dita Von Teese in Birkenstocks.
But they are also objects of foot torture. Forget the Iron Maiden or the Ducking stool, five hours spent in my favourite New Look nude platforms and I would admit to frankly anything just for the opportunity to take them off. Corns, bunions and blisters are all by-products of those high heeled demons.
But Frenchman Raphael Young may just be the Patron Saint of heel wearers everywhere because he claims to have invented. . .COMFY HEELS.
If you think this sounds like an oxymoron, like a sensible space hopper, you may be forced to eat your words. Due to a flexible sole and special technology that helps prevent twisting and injury to the foot, Raphael has created a heel that he claims is the ‘…most comfortable high heel ever.’
They cost £344, which, although expensive, is probably what I spend on plasters and jellied insoles in a month. They also look good, coming in a range of colours and two different heel heights. The man is frankly my new hero!