This Shoe Could Be The Answer For You!

This shoe could be the answer for you…if you love heels, hate flats, or experience foot pain when you wear your high heels! Really!!!
Spring 2011 Gucci ‘Nolita’ High Heel (left) and Mid-Heel (right) Sandals

So you like your high heels but they’re uncomfortable…and you don’t really want to wear flats, but you do it anyway to try to avoid the foot pain that you always get in your high heels…but the flats are uncomfortable too! Ugh!

What’s a girl to do???

Not to mention, you want to look sexy or at least cute, right? Ladies, the shoe makers have been listening to your complaints, and they are presenting you with the answer to your prayers…taaaa daaaaaaaa…


Spring 2011 Marni mid-heel sandals with chunky heels

These are not your classic kitten heels either. Mid heels are exactly that: mid-way between a flat and a high heel, assuming most high heels are about 4″ or more. Mid heels are usually in the 2-3″ range. And the heels of mid heels can be stiletto-style (as in a kitten heel) or they can be squared and chunky as seen above in the Marni examples. Mid heels can also be any style of women’s dress shoe too, such as pumps, peep toe pumps, sandals, oxfords, ankle booties, and even boots. Of course, the idea is to lower the heel to lessen foot pain that many women feel in the ball area of their foot due to the foot sliding forward in the shoe, thus placing more of the body weight on the ball of the foot as opposed to the heel area as it should be. The other main idea is to keep the look of a high heel. And I would also like to point out that some women are not comfortable in flat shoes with no arch suupport. A slightly elevated heel places the foot in a more balanced position than a completely flat shoe does. (This may be a little too technical, but in a flat shoe with no arch support, the foot tends to over-pronate which leads to heel pain.)

Let’s look at a few more examples in different styles and colors.

Gucci ‘New Hollwood’ mid-heel open-toe platform pump with horsebit detail

This shoe has a 3.15″ heel and can be found on for $525.00

Gucci 'Hollywood' mid-heel open-toe sandals

These Gucci sandals actually have a 3.3″ heel and are on sale for $329.00 (originally priced at $475.00) on

Gucci 'Sofia" mid-heel open-toe wedge pumps

A very similar mid-heel open-toe wedge pump with a 2.2″ heel is listed on the website for $195

Lanvin T-bar mid-heel court shoe in satin


Filippa Scott 2011 Spring Bridal Collection mid-heel shoes

The Filippa Scott 2010 Collection can be found on their website with a price range of $287.50 – $303.05

Miu Miu perforated mid-heel peep-toe pump

These pumps have a 2 7/8″ heel and are on sale for $403.20 (retail value $560.00) at

Miu Miu mid-heel zip-back oxford bootie


United Nude mid-heel sandals

These sandals can be found on sale for $117.23 (original price $241.36) at Asos

So tell me what you think…do you have your faves?

(I’m always taking polls to see what the women want in shoes!)

Do you like them? Do you like this trend? Or do you still prefer your high heels (or flat flats)?

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”


6 Responses to “This Shoe Could Be The Answer For You!”

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