The Search for the Comfortable Heel

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High heels are the boon and bane of any shoe lover. On the one hand, they look absolutely stunning, and on the other, they can be horrible for our feet. Every shoe lover knows the struggle of finding the perfect heel but not being able to wear it too often because of foot discomfort. But let’s face it: high heels are beautiful, and if you’re anything like me, impossible to live without.

Last year, a few cocktail waitresses in Connecticut shed some light on the high heel dilemma when they fought back against their employers’ stringent shoe policies. Reports by the Associated Press said that because Foxwoods Resort Casino had implemented a dress code that required them to wear angled black heels, many of the servers had been experiencing a number of foot complications. Cheryl Haase, a server who has worked for Foxwoods for over 20 years, said that she’s been to chiropractors and podiatrists countless times in order to treat the negative effects of walking long miles in heels.

Back in the 1990s, in the heyday of casinos, Borgata found itself in a similar situation when waitresses were forced to follow a dress code requiring them to wear high heels and cleavage-bearing bustiers. Since the online casino industry began with Cryptologic’s launching of Intercasino in 1996, brick-and-mortar casinos have felt the pressure to attract more customers. Casinos everywhere are now seeking to bring back their image and exclusivity, and a large part of it begins with imposing dress codes. While some casinos allow their servers to skip the high heels if they have a doctor’s note, many servers still wear them because, according to them, “The higher the heel, the larger the tip.”

So what’s a girl to do when you just need to wear a high heel and don’t want to be in pain? Luckily, some breakthroughs in shoe design have made way for something we never thought would be possible: the comfortable high heel. I’ve already told you about UKIES, the beautiful leather shoes that pack quite a mean punch with their nanogels, shock absorption layers, COOLMAX lining, and breathable, anti-microbial, moisture-wicking material. I just learned about Sargossa, a brand that has created footwear in several different silhouettes that work with physics rather than fancy technology.

Sargossa has a variety of boots, but their range of stilettos is what really impressed me. Check out The Christmas Collection for a number of holiday-ready heels that will keep you feeling as great as you look!

Sargossa comfortable heels

Sargossa came to life after founder Nanna Liv found herself fed up with spending long days at trade fairs on her feet in heels. With the help of engineers and orthopedic surgeons, she set out to design the perfect, comfortable heel.

We can expect even more designers to begin looking into crafting comfortable heels, and we’re truly in a wonderful age for the shoe lover.

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Exclusive 6pm.com Discount This Cyber Monday!

Make 6pm.com one of your top priorities this Cyber Monday, as this Zappos sister site’s deals on shoes, clothing and accessories are simply unbeatable! Top brands are available starting at midnight December 1 through 11:59 p.m. PST, so you can save on your favorites all day long including:

  • Coach: Up to 60% off
  • Ugg: On Sale
  • Oakley: On Sale
  • Dansko: On Sale
  • Via Spiga and DKNY: Select styles $79.99 or less
  • Boots of all sorts: $29.99, $49.99, $69.99, $99.99 or less
  • The North Face:On Sale
  • Reebok: Select Styles $34.99 or less
  • Skechers: Select Styles $29.99 or less
  • DC Head to toe: Select Styles $29.99 or less

And, as always, shipping is free!

Exclusive Discount to Shoe Smitten Readers

Cyber Monday blogger discount

In addition to these great Cyber Monday deals, all Shoe Smitten readers get an extra 15% off their entire Cyber Monday purchase using the code 6PMPR12120141574. The code is valid from midnight until 11:59 pm PST Dec. 1 but you’ll want to hurry–the code is only valid to the first 5,000 people that use it!

24-24-24 Deals

You’ll also score great deals with 6pm’s 24-24-24 promotion. They’ll be offering up 24 products, for 24 hours, for $24! One product will be served up each hour, so check out 6pm.com hourly to find out which amazing brand is featured for $24!

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Can’t-Miss Black Friday Women’s Boot Sales

 

Black Friday sales officially start tomorrow, although there are several sales you can shop right now! Here are the sales on women’s boots that you should be sure to shop.

Bass Pro Shops: Riding Boots & Shearling Boots

Bass Pro Shops is having a sale on two styles of their Natural Reflections brand boots: The ‘Megan’ Buckle Boots are just $24.97 and the ‘Bernie’ Shearling Boots are just $39.97. Shop this and their other sales now until November 30! Get free shipping with promo code SHOES14.

megan buckle boots
‘Megan’ buckle boots

Bon Ton: Rampage & Other Name-Brand Boots

Bon Ton has a lot of doorbuster deals on boots for her, including $19.97 Rampage boots, $49.97 Bare Traps boots, $59.97 select B.O.C. boots, and $49.97 select Easy Spirit boots. Plus, get 50% off several other name-brand boots from brands such as Naturalizer, Vince Camuto, and Nine West.

Rampage boots
Rampage boots

Cabelas: Kamik & Sorel Boots

Cabelas is the place to find the cold weather boots you need for less this Black Friday. Find Kamik Pac boots for just $24.99 and several Sorel Winter Boots for just $60.00.

Sorel Tivoli
Sorel Tivoli

Dick’s Sporting Goods: Bearpaw Boots

Dick’s Sporting Goods has some great doorbuster deals on several types of footwear, including $25 off boots $99+ and 50% off Bearpaw Emma boots.

Bearpaw Emma boot
Bearpaw Emma boot

Fred Meyer: Rampage, Bearpaw & Northside Boots

Fred Meyer has a variety of deals on women’s boots, including $19.99 Rampage boots, 60% off women’s Bearpaw boots, 50% off Northside boots, and 50% off rain boots.

rain boots
rain boots

Gander

Get ready to hit the slopes with Gander Mountain‘s sales on rugged cold weather boots. Score $30 off Women’s Guide Series Charisma II boot, $30 off Gander Mountain Women’s Snow Trekker boot, and $20 off Woolrich Women’s Suede Knit boot.

Woolrich women's suede knit boots
Woolrich women’s suede knit boot

Gordman’s

For just $9.99 you can find a number of women’s boots, including military-inspired styles.

Gordman's boots
Gordman’s boots

Groupon

On Friday only, score 78% off Olive Street Mid Calf Faux Fur Lined Boot and 63% off Unionbay Combat Women’s Boot.

Unionbay combat women's boot
Unionbay combat women’s boot

JC Penney

Several JC Penney women’s boots will be priced $19.99, including styles by 9 & Co., Arizona, and a.n.a.

a.n.a® Cozy Womens Wedge Boots
a.n.a® Cozy Womens Wedge Boots

Kohls

Doors open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with deals on all sorts of footwear, including select women’s dress & casual boots for just $29.99, juniors’ dress & casual boots for $19.99, and women’s SONOMA Belina boots.

Sonoma Belina boots
Sonoma Belina boots

Macy’s

Shop Macy’s doorbuster deals on Rampage brand boots in a variety of colors for $19.99 a pop on Black Friday. (After 1 p.m., the price goes up to $34.99 through $39.99). Plus:

  • $49.99-$89.99 Cute Booties (incl. Sporto, Marc Fisher, Hush Puppies).
  • $69.99 Tall Boots (incl. Nine West, White Mountain, Baretraps)
  • $119.99 & $139.99 detailed tall boots (incl. Franco Sarto, Aerosoles)
  • $129.99 Tall Boots (incl. Marc Fisher, INC International Concepts)

Payless

Shop women’s boots and shooties at up to 50% off, plus find York & Raven boots for just $16.99.

Raven boots
Raven boots

Piperlime

Save 25% site-wide on piperlime.com when you use promo code IHEARTNYC.

Sears

  • $19.99 Women’s Fashion Boots and Booties
  • $16.99 Metaphor Women’s Shooties

Seychelles

Starting on Thanksgiving day, shoppers get 20-30% off select shoes until Cyber Monday.

Shoes.com

  • 10% off Dolce Vita
  • 10% off Paris Hilton
  • 15% off any order

Target

  • $18 Women’s Riding Boots
  • $16.99 Metaphor Women’s Shooties
  • $19.99 Women’s fashion boots and booties
  • $25 Women’s Genuine Suede Boots
  • $18 Women’s Riding Boots
  • $29.99 Women’s fashion boots and booties
  • $19.99 Canyon River Blues slouch boots
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Shop These 5 Fashionable Black Friday Sales Early!

Who says you have to wait for Black Friday to score stylish deals on shoes, clothing and accessories? Shop these five sales now to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping.

Amazon

Take 25% off select shoes and clothing on Amazon.com. This Kate Spade New York Cedar Street crossbody is a needful thing. $198.00 Now $148.50

Kate Spade New York Cedar Street crossbody

American Eagle

Score 40% off your purchase on ae.com now thru 11/30 with code GOBBLEUP. Fancy a pair of short plaid Woolrich boots? $225.00 Now $135

Woolrich boot

 

Express

Take 50% off everything in-store and online, plus get free shipping at Express! I’m eyeing the Stacked Heel Midi Boot$69.90 Now $34.95 (50% OFF)

ExpressSTACKED HEEL MIDI BOOT

Kate Spade

Up to 75% off, through Saturday at KateSpade.com. Don’t you need a little feather in your life?

Kate Spade Sema Heels$328.00 Now $129.00

 

Nine West

Black Friday has come early to NineWest.com, with all booties, boots, pumps, flats, sandals, handbags & accessories at 50% off. You need this classic tall boot in your fall wardrobe! Nine West Cromie Leather Riding Boot, $169.00 NOW $83.99

Want to shop more Black Friday sales? Bookmark This Page: 

Black Friday Shoe Deals 2014

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Fall Style Inspiration: Socks and Boots

socks with ankle boots

Stop hiding your socks, and let them become a part of your outfit. This trend lets you express your personality while still being extremely practical. You can choose a pair of thick wool over-the-knee socks and let them peek out above your riding boots, or go for a dressier look with knee-high trouser socks and heeled ankle boots. Either way, you’re going to stay warm and look super cute.

I have only one pair of over-the-knee socks…needless to say, I know what I’m asking Santa for this year.

It’s time to layer up! How will you wear your socks this season?

More: Warming Trends: 8 Street Style Inspired Ways to Wear Socks With Boots

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