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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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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