Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
Hey ladies! My office is pretty casual and I usually wear flats every day around the office. They are sending me to a convention in early June that is more on the business formal side so I’m working on updating my wardrobe. Since I mostly wear flats, I am not used to wearing heels and I will be standing pretty much all day while I’m at the convention. Any suggestions on where to find reaonsably priced, work appropriate and comfortable heels??
Post # 3
@Mrs. Coyote: i would suggest anything by naturalizer or Dr scholls. they are usually in the 40-60$ range but in my opinion they are sooooo worth it. when i had to do the buisness look for a job i had they were the only 2 brands i would buy.
Post # 4
I would second the vote for Naturalizer. I work in a law office and that is all I wear. The carry a lot of harder to find sizes and widths, too.
Post # 5
Payless has some super comfortable pumps. I wear them all day with no problem and I do not wear heels.
Post # 6
Pick up a variety of gel shoe inserts and moleskin, just in case your shoes aren’t as comfy after 8 hours of standing. Bring nice flats for nighttime at the convention if you really can’t stand the heels all day.
Any shoes you buy, make sure you break them in with thick, damp-ish socks and a hair dryer a few days/weeks before. (sounds weird but it works, look it up) You can also look for trouble spots then and cover it with moleskin or extra shoe gel supports.
I like a low, chunky heel as it helps with balance and load transfer. You can get some comfy but good looking work shoes like that – but in the end all heels will most likely start hurting you after a while. I use inserts but often end up taking them out after a while, especially after I’ve broken in the shoe.
You may even want to think about wedges, that way your weight will be evenly distributed along your foot.
Born is brand which I find comfy, but they aren’t always attractive. Less expensive at a place like Marshalls. Their flats are good though. I have a pair of Madden Girl heels (low) which aren’t really meant to be “comfy” shoes, but they are for me.
By The Way – check for coupons from Naturalizer & Dr. Scholls, they have them out all the time. This is a big season for new shoes, so I’ve seen a few coupons & sales pop up already.
Post # 7
I love Born too- I have one cute weddingy pair (from Marshalls) and I’ve seen plenty of ugly pairs. I don’t know how many work appropriate styles they have. I also have a super cushiony pair of low heeled peep toes from Giani Bernini from Macy’s that I LOVE except that they are still newish and give me pinky blisters (I have the thinnest skin on the planet). My personal recommendation is to bring waterproof medical tape so that the second you get a hotspot you can just stick some tape on it. The fabric kind (like a fabric bandaid), not the plastic kind, works best for me and it comes in nude. Moleskin works too but it tends to be bulkier. I also have socks like these in my skin color: http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?productId=70206′ defer=’defer – depending on the style of shoe, they are lifesavers and mine have grippy plastic on the inside and outside of the heel and achilles to keep the shoes from slipping.
Post # 8
@Mrs. Coyote: I’m like you, I don’t wear heels. I’ve been considering buying a pair of Camper brand heels called Kim. I’ve read reviews online from people who don’t wear heels, but can wear these. They are expensive though…
Post # 9
I like the brand LifeStride. I found them on zappos, and they are quite comfortable and affordable.
Post # 10
I love Cole Haan, and they can often be found on sale at Nordies if price is an issue. My problem with Naturalizer or Geox is that they tend to LOOK like they’re…um…comfortable heels. Every pair of Cole Haans I own are comfortable enough to run alongside my male coworkers when walking to meetings, while looking sophisticated and elegant.
Post # 11
Dansko heels are the most comfortable ime.
Post # 12
Depending on your style, you might like Miz Mooz shoes. They are fun, with reasonable heels, and comfortable.
Post # 13
Go with a wedge or chunky heel to help spread the weight. Born or naturalizer.
Post # 14
I echo Born & Naturalizer… but my absolute favorite heels are Clarks, the “Bendables” line, and the model is called “Scheme Gold.” They come in several different colors, and I want them all! I wear the black ones at least twice a week, and I walk at least thirty minutes a day during my bus commute to and from work. My feet never hurt.
Post # 15
I noticed that a few years ago my feet has started hurting when I wear certain heels. You cannot pay me to wear Steve Maddens now. I found these brands to be office friendly (meaning I’m not wearing heels that cost more than my boss’ shoes) and comfortable: Ann Taylor perfect pumps, Banana Republic Jenna pumps, every single pair of Cole Haans I own, Vince Camuto pumps, Target Merono pumps (surprising), Tracy Reese, Bandolino, Franco Sarto artist collection, Enzo Anglioni, Etienne Aigner…
Post # 16
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@profiterole: +1 about Steve Maddens.
I suggest Nine West heels that are under 3″, I have SEVERAL pairs of their pointy-toed heels 🙂