Needing a Lower Heel is No Excuse!

28 Feb

Steven 'Blend 1 - Leopard',, $99.99

On more occasions than we can count (or wish to remember), we have seen professional women commit the unforgivable fashion sin of wearing low, frumpy heels.  You know the kind – huge, blocky heels or barely-there wedges that resemble the old Naturalizer, LifeStride or Hush Puppies styles (in their defense, these brands have attempted – note the use of the word “attempted” –  to re-vamp their shoe styles to rid themselves of their frumpy-fab reputations). 

Attention, attention, ladies!  There are way too many shoes on the market to settle for frump!  If you need to wear lower heels for some reason (e.g., you’re on your feet most of the day, you’re pregnant, or you just haven’t yet found a higher heel that your feet seem to like), that is no excuse to abandon your inner diva (unless a doctor has ordered you to wear a specific orthopedic shoe and, in that case, you are of course completely excused).   If the highest heel you wear is about 1-1/4 inch, we’re talking to you, my dears.  (Smile.  Smooches!)  While many hardcore fashionistas would argue that an in-between heel is not and never will be in fashion, if you must choose something between flat and 2 inches high for your heel of choice, please, please, please (for your own sake) try to choose a lower heel that at least borders on the line of fashionable.

While we here at Corner Office Chic tend to choose high heels for work, we do buy ballerina flats and some select lower heels for our daily walks to the office (we’ve learned the hard way that this is a must by ruining way too many heels in the cracks of DC’s sidewalks); for daycare drop-off and pick-up (we’ve learned the hard way too that toddlers weighing more than 30 pounds often feign forgetting to know how to walk and want to be carried for a block or so); for running errands; and for miscellaneous days when we are running around like chickens with our heads cut off and just don’t have the time or energy to deal with a cutesy heel.  Unfortunately, though, when it comes to low heels, it is so easy to end up looking frumpy if you’re not careful in your selections.  For that reason, the majority of our shoes are either high heel or flat – seldom anything in between.  If you, on the other hand, like your shoes to fall somewhere between high and flat, it is possible to keep your look chic; it’s just more difficult.

If this article speaks to you:  for your consideration, we offer some adorable lower heels in basic black (and in fun animal print, which we think you might be able to get away with when wearing slacks on Casual Friday so long as you don’t have meetings or court appearances).  Our personal favorite is the Steven in animal print, pictured above.  We will note that we were reminded what a challenge it is to find a chic, lower- heel shoe while searching for these (LOL).  We wanted to add in a spunky red in the mix (we love how red ballerina flats spice up an otherwise conservative outfit, by the way), but will have to save that for another post because everything we saw in a red low heel was…ummmmm…underwhelming would be a nice word to describe them.  Enjoy!

Aldo 'Fabeck',, Were 100.00, now $29.98

Kate Spade ‘Nolan’,, Were $295, Now as low as 135.53 (if you wear the lucky size) (also available in red)

Anne Klein ‘Marcella’,, Were $69.99, Now $49.99

Unisa ‘Roxxy’,, Were $89, Now $43.70


5 Responses to “Needing a Lower Heel is No Excuse!”

  1. Tmode February 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    omg. i hate the middle heel selection. if its not HIGH then it should be a flat. the ann klein and kate spade pics i consider flats. but man do i hate to see a women trying to be chic or trendy and then has on stub heels.

    if were up to me ide burn all those in between heeled shoes!
    theyre all ugly

    visit for a peice of my world.


  2. Kimberly February 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    Excellent examples of low, stylish footwear. Great alternative to the towering heels that not everyone can wear. Thanks!

  3. J February 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    i’m loving the Aldo Fabeck and the Unisa Roxxy’s! cute alternatives for those of us who now have jacked up feet from wearing years of heels. thanks for the fashionista finds!

  4. Corporate Chickee March 1, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Cute flats – I agree with avoiding the middle heel heights. As a petite girl I got for the higher the heel the better. Flats have just never looked right on me… but if you can’t do heels, these are some cute alternatives, finally!

  5. PetiteAsianGirl March 2, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    In total agreement with this post! I live in Boston so everyone who works in the city commutes and changes into heels at the office…but that’s no excuse for looking frump while commuting! I cringe whenever I see reebok sneakers or the like paired with a cute dress or suit. I love cute flats or low wedged boots for commuting.

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