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.

Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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Purple Satin Holiday Heels

NATALIA Ladies Satin Diamante Purple Holiday Heels

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to shop for holiday heels! (PS, are you ready for Black Friday?!) Pretty purple satin stilettos are definitely on my list. I’m a fan of pretty much all shades of purple, and these Natalia evening heels are simply stunning. Diamante embellishment and a 4-inch chrome heel add elegance to the shoes. Plus I love the contrasting red sole – so fierce!

Look tall and steal the spotlight at all of your winter festivities in these holiday heels. I’d wear them to a formal evening event with my favorite little black dress and silver drop earrings.

Did I mention that these heels are only $35 (£22)?! Go ahead and treat yourself to a little pre-holiday treat!


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Holiday Party Dressing With Curves

The holiday season is upon us, which calls for flattering party dresses and cute shoes to match.  If you wear a dress size 12 or larger, this task can be daunting.  I’ve found the chicest UK-based online store that makes plus-size dress shopping a cinch and lots of fun!  Marisota has a great selection of dresses for ladies with curves. You can even shop the dresses by “Figure Fixers” to find just the style for you.

What is just as fabulous is their selection of fashionable footwear! Here are a few of my favorite dresses from Marisota, along with some fabulous heels that guarantee you will make a grand entrance at any event.

Best Dress For “Fixing” Arms

Changes By Together Print Dress – The elegant butterfly sleeves help cover any arm flab, while the pretty floral print and deep v-neck draw attention to sexy décolletage and a minimized middle (thanks to the empire waistline and black skirt).

Wear this dress with solid black peep-toe pumps, such as the Ravel Kalista platform pump.

Best Dress For “Fixing” Tummy

Maxi Dress with Pleats – Side pleating at the waist draws the eye to the hip and creates a slim midsection, while the pleating on the right shoulder balances the look and adds interest.

Wear this simple yet elegant red dress with strappy gold or silver-tone metallic heels, such as the Moda in Pelle Raven Ladies Sandals.

Best Dress For “Fixing” Bums

Joanna Hope Angel Sleeve Lace Dress – Got a little more booty than you care to flaunt?  Try wearing a lace dress with a free-flowing skirt with shaping leggings or tights.  When you walk all eyes will be on your great calves and dazzling shoes!

Depending on the hemline length, you can either wear heeled ankle boots for a more edgy look or some closed-toe pumps like the Ravel Halo platform courts to give your bum an extra lift that only high heels can.

My Favorite Evening Gown

Changes by Together Beaded Dress – This figure-skimming strappy dress is dripping with beadwork and sequins, something you can only get away with at this time of year.  The flattering lines and classic sweetheart neckline make it the perfect choice for a glam New Year’s Eve champagne party.

Go all out and pair this dress with equally stunning shoes with metallic accent, such as the Moda in Pelle Jenson Cap toe pumps.

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Christmas Party Shoes

Christmas is just around the corner and many of us are beginning to think about updating our wardrobes to make them Christmas party ready. If you are unsure if your Little Black number is festive enough, throwing on some great heels is a great way to make your look ready for the party season. A good pair of heels can transform an outfit, doing all the talking without the need for heavy accessorising. The women’s party shoes shown above are great to wear with any party dress, they are all in neutral tones so will go with your whole party wardrobe. The detailing on all the shoes provide a bit of sparkle and glamour to your look. A great tip is to choose a heel with a platform this will give you that desired height but will me much more comfortable making all that dancing much easier!

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Holiday Dressing With An Edge

When it comes to dressing for the holidays, you can either go bold or go home.  This year, I don’t know about you but I’m feeling particularly brave, ready to try new styles and break free of the normal attire.  Forget the tried-and-true formal dresses and black pumps.  Give me peplum!  Give me spikes!  Give me statement necklaces!  After all, it helps to have a conversation piece to get things going at those dinner parties, does it not?

Why Peplum?

Peplum dresses are not only perfectly on-trend; they are flattering on any figure.  The fold of fabric cleverly conceals any extra pudge one might put on eating all those delicious snicker doodles and meringues.  Take for example this Julien Macdonald black peplum dress, with its faceted gem detailing in black, red and grey across the front of the neck.  No need for a necklace here!  Mesh side panelling at the waist shows some office holiday party-appropriate skin while the rest of the dress retains a classy, retro vibe.  I’m digging it!

Holiday Shoes With An Edge

Another of my current obsessions is spiked shoes and boots, and these dazzling courts are the perfect complement to a flirty hourglass-enhancing dress.  The Carvela Kurt Geiger Genny is a mid heel shoe featuring peep toe, cigarette heel and sequin and stud embellishment.  I adore the small spikes and how they lend just a touch of edge to an otherwise classic shoe shape.

How will you push your style envelope this holiday season?  What pieces are you looking forward to flaunting at holiday parties?

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3 Tips For Choosing Your Holiday Shoes

Christmas is just 5 days away, and with the upcoming holiday dinners and events it can be a little overwhelming to choose what to wear.  But if you start with your shoes and work your way up, it becomes a breeze – just decide on the mood you’re going for, and go for it!  Here are 3 elements to look for when choosing your Christmas and New Year’s shoes.

1. Red Velvet Is So Delicious

No material conveys Christmas quite like velvet, and when you deck your feet with red velvet pumps, you’ll be the queen of the evening.  Case in point: Giuseppe Zanotti’s Velvet Platform Slingback.  Just add a little black dress and as many jewels as your heart desires!

2. All That Glitters Is Gold

Well, not literally.  Regardless of the color you don, you can’t fail when you step out in sparkling shoes.  And don’t think you have to go high or go home – glittery flats are a comfortable and playful choice.  I like the Converse Winter Glitz sneakers ($59.95) paired with a festive sweater, mini skirt and tights or leggings.

3. Bows and Frills For Feminine Thrills

This is the one time of year (besides maybe your birthday) when it’s generally encouraged to wear ornamented shoes.  Choose a sexy strappy sandal with a sweet bow or a platform pump with ruffle detail for a touch of feminine charm.  Consider Paris Hilton Selene Bow Sandals ($89)and a body-con dress for a sultry New Year’s Eve cocktail look.

Which shoes are you considering for your holiday festivities?

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