Con­vert­ible shoes win con­verts

Want high heels and flats with­out car­ry­ing an ex­tra pair in your hand­bag? Thanks to tech­nol­ogy, you’re in luck — with con­vert­ible shoes


Sky-high shoes are lovely, but they can also cause a lot of pain af­ter you’ve worn them for some time. One hour, six min­utes and 48 sec­onds, to be ex­act, ac­cord­ing to a 2013 sur­vey con­ducted by the UK’s Col­lege of Po­di­a­try on how long it takes on av­er­age for a woman to feel the agony of high heels.

With this in mind, a few brands have started to ex­per­i­ment with the idea of in­ter­change­able heels. Tanya Heath is one the early pi­o­neers who at­tempted to make the con­vert­ible shoes of her dreams come true. Her brand, Tanya Heath Paris, launched in 2012 af­ter three years of work­ing with a team of engi­neers, shoe de­sign­ers and tech­ni­cians. In var­i­ous col­ors, styles and heights (rang­ing from 4.5 cm to a tow­er­ing 8 cm), the brand’s heels can also be per­son­al­ized.

Most im­por­tantly, the re­place­ment of the heels on a pair is quite straight­for­ward — just press a but­ton deep in the in­sole, slide the heel out and, when you slide the other heel in, do it with a bit of force un­til you hear a click. “Do make sure you hear the click so that you know the heel is safe to walk in,” ad­vises Heath.

“Our love of high and low” is one of the taglines used by an­other lead­ing con­vert­ible shoe brand: Mime et moi, based in Mu­nich. When one pair of shoes can be con­verted into mul­ti­ple styles (be they pumps, boots or flats), the sky’s the limit. And if you love to mix and match styles — and heights — you’re sure to get the best of both worlds.

For footwear afi­ciona­dos, with all th­ese new choices, you might want to start think­ing about a new way of sort­ing your shoe closet. Could you go by heel type? There’s stiletto, trot­ter, kit­ten, block, flat … What about by pat­tern and style? Try metal­lic, all­day ba­sic, vel­vet, mo­saic, polka dot, an­i­mal print … the list goes on and it’s a brave new world.



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