I Still Can’t Wear High Heels, But I Can Wear Wedges

Some people, like my colleague Jennifer Wright, have what I like to call “Barbie Feet.” Remember how your Barbie doll had pre-pointed toes and feet that were already molded to fit into heels? If you tried to put Barbie in a pair of tennis shoes they looked weird on her, as if she was permanently running on tiptoes. And then there was Skipper, whose feet were normal and flat like an actual person’s. She didn’t own a single pair of heels – it was all flats and sneakers. I, you see, have Skipper Feet. If I were some tall supermodel or a Katie Holmes trying to make my Tom Cruise of a husband feel more secure about being short, permanently rocking flats would be ideal for me. But because I’m average height and work in fashion surrounded by many lovely gazelle-women, I find myself wanting to wear heels even though they make my feet hurt and I don’t walk gracefully in them.

A few months ago, while shopping at my favorite thrift store, I found a pair of camel-colored wedges that were exactly my size. I was skeptical about trying anything with any kind of heel (and still have some scarring memories of those platform sneakers I tried out for about a day when the Spice Girls were at their popularity peak). But since they were really cheap, I figured I’d go for it. Four weeks later, I’m in love. They’re comfortable, they don’t give me blisters, and I don’t get tired of walking in them after more than five minutes the way I do when I attempt stilettos. Plus, I feel taller, sexier, and more confident. I love my flats just as much, but now that I have a shoe with a bit of a lift I can switch back and forth. Maybe this will be finally be the thing that helps me ease into wearing heels once in awhile without feeling like a little kid playing dress-up, or maybe I’ve finally found a more comfortable way to give myself some more height without having to constantly worry about face-planting. Either way, I’ll take it. Now… does anyone know what kind of wedges work for winter, or will this only be a warm-weather solution?

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    • lhartman

      Everyone from D&G to Michael Kors to Steve Madden has wedge boots, some more appealing than others. There’s a whole section for them on zappos. (Those of us in small midwestern cities must resort to online shopping if we want shoes from anywhere other than Payless or Macy’s). As long as they have half an inch under the toe, they should still be as comfortable as your wedge sandals.

      • Lilit Marcus

        You must be psychic, because I was thrifting this weekend and came upon a pair of black wedge boots in my exact size. It was destiny. I bought them immediately. I’ll let you know how they work out once it’s boot weather.