You may love your stilettos, high wedge heels, and platform shoes, but sometimes these styles just aren’t appropriate. Maybe you’re touring the cobblestone streets of Europe or old New York City and have a lot of walking to do. Perhaps you just need to give your feet and knees a break. Here are three low-heeled options for you whenever you have to put your high heels on ice.
Ankle boots have never really gone out of style with horseback riders, but they are back in a big way on the street. They are perfect to pair with short skirts, jeans, and leggings. Ankle boots are ideal for transition seasons like spring and fall, when it’s too cold for sandals and too warm for knee-length boots.
Look for sturdy models in suede or leather with fun details like elaborate stitching, studs, or jewel-toned dyes. Cuts are unisex and range from mini cowboy boots to equestrian-like jodhpur boots to ’60s-style Chelsea boots. You can find ankle boots with just a slip of a heel or a chunky one- or two-inch height–still totally walkable on less-than-smooth pavement.
In warmer weather, you don’t want to have your feet sweltering in boots, and flat sandals are the perfect choice. There are tons of styles to choose from, from strappy thong flats to Birkenstocks (back again!) to gladiator sandals. Just be careful if wearing the latter option that if you have shorter or thicker legs, you pair them with maxi skirts or pants, as they can visually cut the leg horizontally.
Flat sandals are perfect to pair with harem pants, shorts, and sundresses. They are an essential item to pack if you’re heading to a beach resort and will take you from day to night with ease.
If your tootsies have been taking a beating lately, there’s nothing better to baby them than tennis shoes. Black and white are most on trend now, but you’ll see them in every hue from bubblegum pink to emerald green.
Wear tennis shoes with casually rolled up boyfriend jeans, t-shirt dresses, and joggers. The key to making them not look frumpy is to give your accessories a little edge like wearing the following:
- aviator sunglasses
- messenger bags
- intricately knotted scarves
- short leather jackets
- ankle-length sweater coats and trench coats
- fun hats with a nod to the past, like newsboy caps, fedoras, and straw boaters
Giving up your highest heels may seem like no fun at first, but once you sample the low-heeled styles out there, you may be so comfortable your stilettos start to feel lonely. Check out these options and more and different boutiques in your area, like Infinite Society.