he high heel shoe: a striking symbol of femininity and power. A footwear design that many women will have far more than one pair of, some will own more than one hundred pairs! Yet these classic designs aren’t for everyone. Though attractive, high heels are rarely comfortable, putting the body in an unhealthy posture as soon as you slip your feet into them. Some women just can’t get on with them, proving more hassle than their worth – with increased risk of stumbling, blisters and tired feet! Luckily, if you don’t fancy wearing heels, there are glamorous alternatives available. Here’s a look at some of this season’s most appealing choices when high heels aren’t your thing:
When it comes to glamorous summer flats, Gladiator sandals never fail to impress. These comfortable strappy sandals take inspiration from ancient footwear as worn by (you guessed it) Roman Gladiators! Where once traditional brown leather options were the favourite, today Gladiator sandals are all over the high-street in many different colours and finishes, from neon to pastel, patent to animal print. If you are heading off on holiday, gladiator sandals are a wonderful choice for with summers maxi dresses and beachwear.
Embellished ballet pumps
Another beautiful flat shoe option, embellished ballet pumps are simple and graceful, ideal to be worn from day to night. Current ballet pump trends include leather bows, gem and stone embellishments, colour block toe caps and laser cut detailing. Floral prints are always a popular choice too. The only down side to ballet pumps is that many low cost designs offer little arch support, so a padded insole will provide added comfort for periods of extended wear.
Wedge court shoes
For many women, the best thing about high heels is the added height they give. A few inches can give a much needed confidence boost on a night out and put you at the same level as taller peers. If you’re looking for this height with a more stable and supportive shoe, take a look at the array of wedge court shoes which are currently on the high street. You can choose from low, mid or tall wedges that give you that much desired boost yet provide a more secure footing – great for garden parties or weddings where stilettos will typically sink right into the grass! Again wedge court shoes come in all types of finishes from quaint crochet effects and stripe raffia to patent and metallic looks.
An attractive pair of boots can be another glamorous alternative to high heels. Chelsea boots are big at the moment; they have a flat sole or very minimal heel and fit at the ankle. Choose from leather or suede with added details including zips and studs. Chelsea boots can be just as fetching worn with jeans as they can a midi or mini skirt. They’re super comfortable and ideal for staying glam when you need to do a lot of walking in unpredictable autumn-winter weather!