Tanya Heath Convertible Shoes Change From Heels To Flats With The Click Of A Button

We’ve all wished at one time or another that our painful high heels could magically be transformed into comfortable flats with the wave of a wand. Or that we could simply swap out the heels on a favorite pair of pumps to give them new life. Thanks to up-and-coming designer Tanya Heath, now we can!



Tanya Heath is revolutionizing women’s footwear by allowing customers to switch between high heels (3.5 inches tall) and low heels (1.5 inches tall) with the push of a button.  Now, you can buy a single pair of quality leather shoes and pair them with either a comfortable low heel, a chunky mid-height heel or a tall stiletto, depending on the occasion. I also imagine packing your shoes becomes easier, as you can simply snap off the heels.

Tanya Heath shoes are available in a wide range of styles, from open-toed sandals to knee-high boots. There are hundreds of heels to choose from, so you can customize your favorite shoes however you want.

Not only are Tanya Heath’s shoes innovative and practical; they are luxurious. Made in France, the craftsmanship and materials (and price) of these shoes are on par with those by Jimmy Choo or Christian Louboutin. Shoes range in price from $600 to $1,000 (not including a heel). Not cheap. But when you consider you can transform one pair by switching out the heels (which start at $45), the price suddenly seems fairly reasonable.



What’s next for this self-taught, Canadian-born designer? Rumor has it, a handbag as revolutionary as these shoes. Tanya plans to continue creating fashionable products that make women look good but also allow them to live their busy lives.

You can buy Tanya Heath’s interchangeable heels at her boutique at 138 Cumberland Street in Toronto’s Yorkville area, or at www.tanyaheath.com.

Images: Tanya Heath Paris; Instagram (2)

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Barbara Briones Spring Summer 2011 Collection

Upcoming Chilean shoe designer Barbara Briones has crept onto my shoe radar, and she is definitely one to watch!  I’ve been smitten ever since I laid eyes on her purple tie-dye pump, just one of the beautifully-handcrafted shoes from her Spring/Summer 2011 collection.

Barbara is reviving the shoemaking tradition in her home country, employing local artisans and leather artists in Santiago, Chile to produce her shoes.  The way she mixes various materials and moods with an undercurrent of vintage glamour is extremely charming.

After studying in London at the Cordwainers school, Barbara worked for Mulberry in London, and for Ferragamo in Firenze before launching her line a few seasons ago.  From ankle booties to sandals and flats, the current collection offers something special for every taste.

And, as the designer herself asserts, these shoes are designed for wearing.

Even though what we design should be an object of desire, we cannot forget that it should also be wearable.

To purchase , visit BarbaraBriones.com.  I heard it through the grapevine that soon one of Barbara Briones shoes will be available at Anthropologie!

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FN Shoe Star Design Competition

I am excited to announce the beginning of “FN Shoe Star”, the only online reality shoe design competition!  What’s even more exciting is that I have been selected to be a part of the official FN Blogger Panel. Twelve young shoe designers will compete to see who is the best in this contest, a collaboration between Footwear News, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and Brown Shoe.  While the official webisodes debut on January 24, there are a couple of things going on at the website NOW that I think you’ll want to check out!

As a FN Shoe Star blogger panelist, I will be commenting on the episodes as they appear and I’ll make sure to share with you exciting stuff going on at Brown Shoe, such as the Fan Favorite Finalist Contest, in which one lucky person will win a $250 gift card! To enter, go to FNShoeStar.com and click on the Applicants tab.  Choose your favorite applicant from the posted profiles, according to what you think of their bio, sketches and sample shoe.  Click on the “Cast Your Vote Today” button to select your favorite applicant!  Voting is open through January 15, 2011.

The first webisode is live, and you can watch the “Where Are They Now” video following contestants from last season to see what they are up to today and learn their advice for this year’s finalists.

The first FN Shoe Star contest began more than three years ago, and many of the contestants from previous years have gone on to become successful in the footwear industry.  This year the contest will be more widely promoted and it promises to be exciting!  Please stay tuned this month for the new FN Shoe Star.

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