I can’t speak for the rest of the world since I’m basically isolated
on an island in New York, but the weather this whole week has been like, complete and utter sh*t. Windy, cold, and well, very wet. I’m pretty sure Mother Nature was just giving us one last chance last week to wear all of our fave summer clothes and heels before she decided to drop temperatures down to 70s from here on out and like, bring in a hurricane. As usual, there is never any type of warning for this kind of insanity, so if you haven’t done so already, be prepared to spend your evenings re-organizing your closet for fall apparel. Dig up your cargo green jacket, comfy black leggings, and Frye boots. Side note: Who the actual eff wears Uggs anymore? When you’re sick of wearing riding boots, flats, and sneakers in the dreary fall weather, here are comfortable fall heels you can wear to the office and to the bars that won’t have you walking like Bambi after an hour.
Hate them or love them, it doesn’t really matter because they’re very much a thing and the majority of the people in your office probably wear them. I’m talking, obviously, about mules. This shoe trend will carry into fall from this most recent summer, but with a classy, yet v comfy, heel. If you opt for a neutral shade or get a head start into one of fall’s biggest trends, animal print, then you’ll be wearing the most fashionable and comfortable fall heels on the market.
I mean, duh. Can it get any more obvious? Booties are life, fall or not. You’ll want to cop a pair with a low heel (probs like, under three inches) in a sexy suede gray or taupe to go with any outfit you can possibly think of.
The sock boot and kitten heel obsession isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. You’ll actually see more of it all over your Insta feed and in the window displays of all your favorite stores before you know it. Red totally has fall written all over it, so when you combine trendy style with a bold color, you have a head-turning outfit that’s bound to get you a million compliments and Insta likes if you document your spicy OOTD. You’re welcome.
I have been really into Mary Jane pumps lately. No, not the lame ones that your baby cousin wears to kindergarten or some sh*t. This is the mature, yet sexy schoolgirl style that features a walkable block heel and chic ankle straps. They’re v versatile, so you can throw them on with a casual pair of jeans or even a scandalous dress on a Saturday night. They’re really the perfect comfortable fall heels.
Pedicures and open toe heels do not only have to come out in the summer. Transition the summer style into fall with a toasty brown color, warm suede material, and thick, block-heeled ankle boot.
These are about as basic as you can get, tbh. Like, so basic that these are pretty much the new Uggs. If you don’t have a pair yet, I’m thoroughly concerned. It’s an assumed rule to avoid social suicide that you just kind of have to get yourself an edgy, chic pair of pleather black ankle booties.
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It’s a sad reality, but guys just aren’t as tall as they used to be. I’m a casual 5’7″, and I find that if I wear even slightly too tall of heels out, then I’m guaranteed to be taller than at least 85% of the guys. And, apparently, my observation is actually backed by fact—men in America used to be the 3rd tallest in the world and, as of 2016, have fallen to 37th. 37th?! That is not a casual drop. Of course, I’m not going to give up heels completely. I need heels to elongate my legs and put a little pep in my step. Besides, it’s not our fault that men are slacking. Just add it to the list of another reason why they suck. If I don’t want to pat all the guys at the bar on the head like they’re my sons (which sometimes I do, don’t get me wrong), I’ll opt for a shorter heel. The upside to shorter heels is that they tend to be more comfortable. So try these comfortable heels that aren’t super tall next time you want to actually be able to walk.
Flatforms are a summer staple and are the perfect option if you’re looking for comfortable heels that aren’t too high. Bonus, without a full-blown incline, they’re much easier to walk in than a wedge or a stiletto. In other words, you’re less likely to face plant on your boozy walk home from the bar later.
Steve Madden Platform Espadrille Sandal
Vince Weslan Criscross Flatform Sandals
2. Heeled Booties
Heeled booties are your most subtle option for adding height without adding too much height. They’re casual and they legit look good with everything.
Jeffrey Campbell Cromwell Western Snake Bootie
Coach 1941 Leopard Lace Up Boot
Mules are easy, comfortable, and usually not obnoxiously high. Sure, some are extremely tall, but there are plenty of options that aren’t. Kinda like how most guys are assholes but there’s still a *rare* few that aren’t—not all mules are five inches high.
Charlotte Stone Effie Strappy Mule Heel
Jeffrey Campbell Saltaire Pointy Toe Mule
4. Pointed Cone Heel
A pointed cone heel adds height in a chic, trendy and edgy way without looking like a straight-up kitten heel. Which… they kind of are. Don’t worry, though, these are the closest thing we’ll get to kitten heels on this list. Kitten heels didn’t make the cut because like, they never should.
Splendid Nettie Boot
Pelle Moda Krista Cone Heel Sandal
5. Block Heel
The thick and chunky block heel is much easier to walk in than your classic stiletto. And, the summer sandal versions are rarely taller than three inches. Block heels are very stylish and are among the most comfortable heels you could buy. The thich heel helps you balance and offers a level of stability that most other heels do not. And, speaking for a friend who hasn’t had a boyfriend in three years, we could all use a bit more stability in our lives.
Jeffrey Campbell Maybelle Block Heel
Dolce Vita Dorah Sandal
So besides these comfortable heels, there’s also always kitten heels and platform sneakers. I’m forever going to give kitten heels a hard pass, sorry. But, hey, they’re “in” so if you want, go for it! Platform sneakers are cool too, but make sure you can pull them off. Like, know which Spice Girl you are in your platforms because, let’s face it, not everyone can be Posh.
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