Can High Heels ever be comfortable as well as beautiful?

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.

Favourite heels

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.

Samantha Cameron walks a mileFor 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!


 

 

Next embraces the Year of the Wedge.

Kate Middleton wears them, Pippa wears them, Kate Moss and Samantha Cameron wear them. They have been fashionable in almost every decade since the 1930s. And now I declare that 2012 will be the year of the wedge.

Yes wedge heels will be with us in a big way, and it all starts now. Next have just launched their Spring/Summer catalogue which contains wedges of all varieties,from the raffia and straw sandal, to the modern city wedges that are the perfect work shoe. There are bright, vibrant extreme wedges that could induce vertigo in the faint-hearted, to nude and natural shades that are so beloved of Pippa Middleton.

Wedges are just about the most perfect shoe. They add height for those who hate flat shoes, but can’t cope with heels. They tend to be more comfortable than heels and platforms, and they shout Riviera chic when worn with wide leg trousers and stripy knits that will be around all over again come the spring.

So take your style inspiration from the lovely ladies below, and embrace the year of the wedge – your feet will love you for it!

Get the Samantha Cameron Look

Peep toe wedge court shoe £35 

Get the Cameron Diaz Look

snake print slingback wedges £40 

Get the Kate Look

Patent Raffia wedges £26 

Get the Kate Moss Look

Black Suede Curved Wedge Court Shoes £48 

Get the Pippa Middleton Look

Nude Suede Curved Wedge Court Shoes £48 

 

And what I’ll be buying…just because…

Magenta Patent Extreme Wedge Shoes £36 

British Fashion Awards – The best Looks and how to get them.

The cream of the fashion glitterati turned out in force on Monday for the British fashion awards. Sarah Burton won a well deserved award for Best British Designer, with Victoria Beckham cementing her fashion status with her award for designer brand. My favourite shoe lady Charlotte Dellal won British Accessories award for her fantastic designers for Charlotte Olympia, and saw no less than Samantha Cameron sporting her red heels. But of course, what we really want to know is ‘what did everyone wear?’. Here are my favourite looks from the night.

The ever-chic Victoria Beckham kept it simple with a self designed dress. I loved the pleated skirt, but think  this would’ve looked better with a slight draping to the neckline.

Alexa Chung won the British style award for the second year running and looked wonderful in a Christopher Kane beaded dress. My one question was is Alexa related to Claudia Winkleman, because they seem to be morphing into one another?

British Fashion legend Kate Moss looked incredible in an unusual mesh/fishnet style dress.  This look could’ve been quite goth looking, but with the use of glossy hair and make-up, this became a very high maintenance look. I just bow to her impeccable taste.

Another Kate, this time Ms Hudson, also added high-octane glamour to the proceedings in a beautiful black asymmetrical dress by Stella McCartney. There is only one word to describe this dress, HOLLYWOOD.

With my current obsession with all things 1920s, I was always going to love Georgia May Jagger’s flapper inspired dress by Julien MacDonald. But what I really loved was the colour pop of the green shoes. Definitely a look to try yourself.

One of my best dressed on the night was Charlotte Dellal, who stuck to her vintage glamour style in a black sequinned dress. This was exquisite in its own right, but when teamed with red and gold accessories, it was raised to a whole different level.

Samantha Cameron wore a beautiful long-sleeved black dress teamed with a statement necklace and Charlotte Olympia red heels. She showed that sometimes less is more, with the demure dress looking extremely elegant and totally timeless.