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.