Hell on Heels: Kel+Kate

I have a closet full of practical heels – all of which have either excellent traction or a platform. Hey, it’s the suburbs people! I cannot be click, click, clicking around Target. I cannot be gingerly catwalking through the school parking lot. I’m also neither a ballroom dancer or pole dancer. I am however, a very short and stylish mom who likes to get her RuPaul-on every now and then…but on my own terms.

My height-enhancing shoe collection ranges from a pair of Michael Kors that I would take a bullet for to a worn but comfy pair of clogs from DSW that I’ve had for almost 7 years. No stilettos. Not a single pair. Unfabulous? Probably. Practical? Yes!

One of the main criteria I have when committing to a high-heeled pair of shoes is that I can run in them. Not sprint, just have the ability to break into an easy jog if needed. This need was born from the onslaught of motherhood and irrational fears (i.e., robbers, earthquakes, terrorists, etc.)  Although I was never a “scout” of any kind, preparedness is a must. Years ago while on a shopping trip with my mom, I spied a pair of high-heeled pumps. They were a beautiful contradiction of red, patented leather with a rigid, rubber sole.

I picked them up and said, “Oooooo. I love these and they look like I could run in them!”

She whispered, “You know, I just saw on TV that’s the same thing Kate Gosselin looks for when buying her heels.”

I spent the next several months trying to erase that comparison from my thoughts. (A similar haircut in years past and a one time mistaken identity/autograph proposition in Costco has made me paranoid again, to accidentally mimic this reality star – see also my blog: Going to Great Lengths.) I eventually decided that although Kate may appear to be crabby and demanding, she’s right about the shoes. I will probably never again publicize the practical reasons why I  gravitate toward a specific shoe. I will also never again allow myself to be mistaken for that woman.

Deep down inside I know that as long as I have children to chase, dogs to walk and muggers to flee from, I will always be drawn to a sturdy heel and a sole with speed. THANK THE FASHION GODS FROM ABOVE that the resilience of the platform style continues to make the search easy. Even better, I see that this fall brings a platform heel to oxfords, hiking boots and even sneakers! You know what this means don’t you?

I can run in them.



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4 Responses to “Hell on Heels: Kel+Kate”

  1. Chris August 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

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    Hi Kelly. I’ve seen these and love them. I could probably go to work in them. :0)

  2. Maria Alyssa August 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

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    I love those shoes. It’s very casual, definitely perfect for everyday outfit ^^,

  3. RetroLee August 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

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    Ha! I have a pair almost identical to the black ones from last year – Love them! and yes, I can still chase the kids.

  4. Vanesa September 5, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

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    It’s definitely fit everyday outfit and still looking good!

    Vanesa x

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