This summer style meets comfort

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

For most women the height of fashion when it comes to footwear is a pair of sky-high stilettos, yet most of us wear them with a grimace of pain on our face.

Flying High Heels* brings you three stylish, yet comfortable alternatives to those towering terrors.

So you love the sophistication of high heels but not the aching feet that comes with them? Then try wearing a shoe a little closer to the ground. You don’t have to compromise on style and your feet will thank you for it.

Ballet Flats

These are every girl’s best friend when it comes to fashionably comfortable footwear.

Less formal than heels, but dressier than trainers, they are the perfect shoe for every occasion, from the office, to a night on the town.

The ballet flat was made iconic by the always elegant Audrey Hepburn.  Whether with skirts, dresses, jeans or capris, this style queen of the silver screen proved that you don’t need to wear a pair of heels to look glamorous.

Although available in most shoe stores, for a truly beautiful pair of ballet flats you can’t go past French Sole. Created by British designer Jane Winkworth, ‘the queen of the ballet flats’, in the late 1980s, French Sole produces classic, unique flats that demand to be worn.

With 11 different styles, a variety of colours and sizes ranging from 2 (EU 34) to 11 (EU 5), in both narrow and broad variations, you are bound to find your perfect pair of ballet flats.

Sandals

Whether it is a pair of strappy gladiators or simple flip-flops, sandals are the perfect piece of footwear for the upcoming warm summer weather.

Not just for the beach, where you can feel the sand between your toes, they are also ideal for keeping your feet cool as you pound the concrete streets or stroll across the grass.

Both casual and functional, sandals can be effortlessly stylish, especially when they are designed by Fratelli Rossetti. This family-run, Italian company has been creating beautiful shoes for over 50 years, adding a touch of glamour to even the simplest of outfits.

When you are wearing a pair of Fratelli Rosetti flat sandals it doesn’t matter that you aren’t wearing high heels because they are so incredibly elegant and classy. Their spring/summer collection brings us a variety of sophisticated flip-flops and slave sandals in suede and calfskin.

So, give yourself a pedicure, paint your nails and slip your feet into a pair of Fratelli Rosetti’s latest creations.

Chie Mihara

Okay, so admittedly this is a brand not a style of shoe. And yes, they are technically heels. But Chie Mihara’s shoes are incredibly comfortable, in spite of their height.

The reason? Because that’s how Brazilian designer Chie, wanted them to be.

“It’s about a woman making shoes for women. All what I want from a shoe I want other women to have that too: comfort, quality and design,” she says.

And judging from the ‘love letters’ on her website, that is exactly what she has delivered. One customer describes her shoes as, “absolutely stunning, gorgeous and especially comfy.”

Launched in 2002 in Elda, Spain, Chie Mihara uses vintage influences from the 1930s to the 1980s to create unique and exquisite shoes, which resemble pieces of art, not footwear.

With each design featuring a stacked heel, no higher than 3.1inches, these are a fabulous alternative to sky-high, ankle-breaking stilettos. Buy yourself a pair today.

* Flying High Heels is a one-issue magazine produced as part of my Magazine Course

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