The older I get, the less I'm willing to withstand the pain of ridiculous shoes. But for every person like me there is one who thinks the opposite, the woman who isn't dressed unless she's got at least 6 inch heels on. I know a few and they look fabulous but it's definitely not for me. I love a classic shoe, I love a quirky shoe, but the shoes I love best are the ones I can walk in and that don't have me crying by the end of the night.
The reason I started thinking about this is because I've been browsing Sarenza tonight and I spotted the latest offering from Jeffrey Campbell. Yes, it may well be a blogger-favourite brand but they definitely have a knack for designing shoes which look like they could do serious damage. It's not the whole range - in fact, I've had quite a few pairs of Jeffrey Campbells myself and got lots of compliments on them too. The styles I'm talking about take heel height to the extreme. Take for example the architectural wonders below or the rainbow studded wedges pictured top.
I remember just before Christmas I was waiting for a tube in Leicester Square station and two girls heading out for the night were walking along the platform. Both were holding on to each other for dear life and holding onto the walls to stay upright. Both were also wearing shoes not dislike the ones above. Assuming they were both going to be drinking that night I'd be very surprised if they both escaped their shoes unscathed. My prediction would have been sprained ankles all round.
So what I'm really saying is that it's important to know your limits. If you are one of those girls who makes towering stilettos look good then by all means go as high as you dare. But, if like me the thought of those kind of heights gives you vertigo then don't feel any shame in playing it safe. There are plenty of amazing flats and block heels to be had and even Victoria Beckham has been pictured in flats recently.