Comfortable Dress Shoes for Women
Published on September 26th, 2012 | by Kirsten Borrink3
Earthies Monza Platform Heel Review
My beautiful friend Connie of Connie Tameling Photography reviews the Earthies Monza. Better her than me–look at that heel!
I had the extraordinary privilege of trying out the new-for fall Earthies Monza platform pump. Out of the box, these babies are visually AMAZING! The outer shoe is covered in soft, black suede with super-fun, textured “petals” in shades of gray and black on the toe. The 1 1/4″ platform is substantial and the heel lifts you a generous FOUR inches. For a relatively tall girl (5′ 9″), I was definitely feeling my height in these heels (and loving it!). Inside the shoe, the footbed is nice and soft with a good arch support. The toe box is fairly wide for a heel, and significantly wider than the Earthies Montera heeled boot I own.
Call me crazy, but the first time I put these heels on, I ventured into the city for a networking event at the Art Institute of Chicago. Sorry Earthies, I know it really isn’t fair to expect you to make a heel that can endure two hours of schmoozing while standing on polished marble. I’m not sure there is a heel on the market that I would declare “thoroughly comfortable” under those circumstances. Anyway, I packed a pair of foldable flats (yes, flats that you can fold in half and put in your purse – if you don’t have a pair of these, you REALLY need to get some) to ease the pressure on my bunions during the walk between the parking garage and the Art Institute.
After two hours on my feet in the Monza, I had a good feel for the shoe. I love the heel height. I love the toe box width. I love the arch support. I’m not a huge fan of the weight of the shoe – it is quite heavy. I wasn’t crazy about the way the shoe slipped off my heel when I walked. I am a solid size 8 1/2 in my shoes and feel the Monza runs true to size. However, with the angle of the heel, my foot did slide forward slightly into the toe box. I added an adhesive pad to the back of the shoe before walking out the door and thought that would do the trick. However, after walking in the shoes for a bit, I realized that part of the problem is that the shoe really doesn’t bend with your step. The thick platform and structure of the shoe is not flexible at all. So with each step, your heel is forced to slip up to accommodate the natural stride. This can be a little unnerving while teetering on a 4 inch heel. But I am happy to report that I did not fall on my face even once the whole evening!
Bottom line, I was thrilled to slip into my foldable flats at the end of the evening. That being said, I look forward to wearing the Monza out on the town again – perhaps just to an event where I might get to sit a bit more.