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The Jewcy Syle Index: Creatures of Comfort

Acclaimed designers have begun to design for the more practical urban woman and new designers have emerged with both style and comfort rooted at their brand’s foundation. Jewcy’s Fashion Editor explores. Read More

By / October 22, 2010

Beauty is pain, and so is looking at you in those ugly comfy crocs. While I understand that running around in heels is something only stereotypically done by fashion industry insiders (who have drivers instead of metrocards), there are definitely ways to combat the discomfort of stunning shoes that do not involve leaving the house in flats. While carrying ballet flats in your purse is never out of the question, designers have caught on to the fact that designing borderline torturous footwear is more likely to increase their designs’ time unpurchased or in the back of women’s closets. In response, acclaimed designers have begun to design for the more practical urban woman and new designers have emerged with both style and comfort rooted at their brand’s foundation. Knowing that no woman in the world would want to go without the knowledge of where to find something as mythical as comfortable high heels, I will waste no time getting to my knowledge on the subject.

Raphael Young: Born an orphan in Seoul, Young was adopted by a family from Lyon and spent summers with his adoptive uncle, a cobbler and shoe innovator who founded the Yves Saint Laurent shoe salon in the 1950’s. Having learned from footwear traditionalists who carved heels and stitched leather before they had machines to do the work, Young apprenticed with his uncle yearly and designed and carved his first heel at the ripe age of fourteen. Throughout his academic career, Young dabbled in science and engineering and thus developed an understanding of balance, density and force to pair with his childhood passions of art and design. Applying his many talents to his collection, Raphael Young is now the proud designer behind his self-titled brand based in Paris that his home to some of the highest, chicest and most comfortable shoes on the planet. While these shoes don’t run cheap, purchasing a pair of them over your standard designer pump is undoubtedly a more practical and fashion forward investment.

Cole Haan x Nike Air: Accessory empire Cole Haan has recently partnered with Nike to infuse their classic pumps with the sports brand’s signature technology. Creating shoes that are functional while still being fashionable, Cole Haan has literally delivered heels with built in sneakers. While not incredibly fashion forward, these stilettos are certainly a good replacement for your basic heels that go with everything – including the blisters they have been giving you for months.

While this may not be a piece about saving money and footwear for the frugal, I have definitely saved you loads of time and coldhard cash in podiatry co-pays and physical therapy. Case in point: I admittedly have not had the pleasure of owning a pair of Raphael Young stunners and thus have deeply enjoyed the time I have spent writing this piece with my feet up.