Midi Heels That Offer Comfort and Style

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What goes up must come down. It’s not only a basic law of physics but it appears to hold true in the world of footwear too.

After several years of shoes reaching skyscraper heights and preposterous shapes, heels are headed for sensible terra firma territory.

Not exactly flat-lining, they are hovering in the midi heel range with demure kitten heels, business-like square shapes and gently sloping platforms.

And even some of the fashion world’s most powerful players – a group that somehow seem to wear nothing but staggering heels – seem to be adopting mid height heels.

The Financial Times, in a recent article, noted influential editors like French Vogue’s Emmanuelle Alt and CR Fashion Book’s Carine Roitfeld, were seen at the collections in Paris this past March shod – not in their usual dagger shaped stilettoes – but in modest heels hovering between two and three inches high.

But while a sharp stiletto has always signified sex and power, a sensible midi heel was always viewed as dowdy and matronly.

But now, these new shorter heeled footwear are proving that they can be sweet and low. What they might lack in height, they make up for in design. Some of these lowdown beauties have interesting heels shaped like triangles, cubes or cantilevered. Or come in striking patterns or colours.

It looks like footwear might just be hitting that sweet spot – shoes with a comfortable height yet strikingly stylish.

Stripped Kitten Heels, $70, Zara

Medium Heel Leather Sandal, $100, Zara

Open Toe Wedge, $80, Le Chateau


Nicholas Kirkwood Triangular Heel Pumps, $750, The Bay

Gianvito Rossi Pony Hair Chunky Heel Sandals, $905, The Bay

Peridot D’Orsay Heels, $288, Anthropologie

Sandal with Metallic Ankle Strap, $40, Zara

3.1 Phillip Lim Sandal, $545, Holt Renfrew

Mid Heel Court Shoe, $60, Zara

Suede Pumps, $90, Joe Fresh

PRADA Saffiano Mule with Bow $650 at Holt Renfrew

Tartan Pumps, $90, Joe Fresh