I truly wish I could wear the fun Alegrias and chunky Danskos you feature so often. However, the dress code at my place of work does not allow such "frivolity," so I'll relegate those to weekend only wear. Here's my problem. I love a little bit of a heel as I'm 5'3", but I can not wear any heels over 2 inches as I have forefoot pain (probably from jamming my toes into too-high heels for years). I need a dress shoe with a two-inch heel that doesn't look overly matronly. I do value comfort over style, but I'm only 39--can you (and other readers) help?
Thank you in advance, Barking Dog.
Lucy in Boston
Did you know you can search by heel height at Zappos and OnlineShoes.com? I conducted a search and then narrowed it down to "most popular" looking for high comfort ratings and reading through customer comments. The first six shoes listed scored mostly five stars and are designed with comfort technologies that set them apart from other low heels. The last two shoes are new arrivals that I couldn't resist featuring, although the heels are a smidgen over two inches. Let me know if one of them works for you!
1. Ros Hommerson Loyal: Four widths! I just found out that this shoe utilizes a Texon® insole which is recommended for Hallux Rigidis (stiff/painful big toe). Soft calf leather, 1 3/4" kitten heel. $87 at Zappos, $93.95 at Shoebuy.
3. Naot Trendy: Naot's trademark cork and latex footbed is contoured to form to the shape of your foot. Customers remark that the toe box accommodates bunions well. Fits slightly narrow to medium width feet best. 1 1/2" heel. $180 at Zappos.
4. Rieker Miranda: Who cares about the low heel when the rest of the shoe is so unique and attention-fetching? Funkier than the shoes featured above--perhaps for biz-caz Friday? $84-105 at Zappos.
7. Fidji Alex: Made in Portugal, Fidji footwear features top-quality Italian leathers, lightly cushioned footbeds, and flexible outsoles. 2 1/4" heel. Euro sizes 35-42. $190 @ Zappos.