Early this summer I test-drove my new Pierre Hardy for Gap denim wedges with a five inch heel. I sang their praises as I was amazed by the fact that I was able to walk over three miles in Manhattan without feeling unsteady, let alone uncomfortable. (Click here to read more and see the shoes) And my love affair continued every time I laced up these “ruby slippers”—they always got me home blister and pain free. It was the best $98 I had ever spent on a pair of shoes.
Well, I have to admit, last week my Pierre Hardy’s met their match: the cobblestone and steep stepped terrain that makes up Villefranche Sur Mer. My brother has lived in in this charming old seaside village in the south of France for over 20 years, so I know the lay of the land. And that is exactly why I packed my Pierre’s. I thought if any heel could hold me up here it would be these. But the first night I put them on, I stumbled my way down the steps and over the cobblestones so much that I changed into my flip flops I happened to have in my bag, before setting out on the short walk home.
And this “defeat” got me thinking about other heel options that are comfortable, chic, and affordable. I remembered admiring a friends shoes a while back. She told me they were from a Brooklyn-based shoe designer called Maraisusa. I went to the site and found the pair, pictured above, that she was wearing, plus some other low heeled numbers that are super stylish, and still qualify as a (height) game changer. They also have some fabulous flats as well. With much of the collection priced under $100, I definitely plan on picking up a pair or two for my next trip.
See more heeled styles after the jump.
all photos: mariasusa.com