Have you checked out the season’s hottest heels? They’re the fashion equivalent of forbidden fruit: glossy, candy-colored, and seriously tempting. The catch is that the heels are too high: five, six, seven inches — the kind of towering heights that make podiatrists rich.
To help you find chic shoes you can actually wear, I tested all the latest styles. In the Connecticut suburbs, Laurette Kittle, an artist (shoe size 8 1/2 or 9); Suzanne Frank, a charity event planner (9 narrow); and I (size 6 1/2 ) teamed up to try on 30 pairs of shoes. In New York City, I tested 30 more with fashion coach Susan Sommers (another 9 narrow), founder of DressZing; and Kim Isaacsohn (size 8), president of Clever Carriage, her own handbag line.
Five outspoken shoe mavens, and yet we all awarded top honors to the same two brands: Aerosoles and Taryn Rose. Read on for details.
Aerosoles silver leather cutout wedges ($79; Aerosoles, 212-226-4090): Run and get these shoes! They look stylish, feel like slippers, and are only $79. Aerosoles and Naturalizers, the traditional comfort brands, have hired hot designers, which deserves our applause and our credit cards.
Fratelli Rossetti white perforated patent leather platform sandals ($490; Fratelli Rossetti, 212-888-5107). They look like nurses’ shoes — until you put them on. Says Laurette: "Surprisingly comfortable."
Cole Haan Carma OT Air Pump patent peep toes ($275; Cole Haan, 800-201-8001). Suzanne, who has back pain, declared: "I could run in these!" (The secret: Nike Air Technology, which supports the ball of the foot.)