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On The Hunt: Not-Too-Tall, Good-For-Me Heels

On the train the other day I read an article that quoted a podiatrist who said that wearing heels with a height of 2 1/2 inches or less is far better for you than wearing completely flat shoes. Major bummer, considering I live in flats and was really hoping to avoid bunions and back pain and all the other sucky side effects that diehard heels-wearers have to contend with.

When I came home and took stock of my shoe collection I realized, at least from a medical standpoint, I got it all wrong. It's very extreme: nothing but flats and stilettos (purchased in a bygone, delusional era when I thought I could actually stand walking in them). So what better excuse to go shopping than obeying doctor's orders?

I'd already been on the hunt for new fall boots (like Jenn, I'm addicted) and figured I might as well restrict my search to ones with a mid-level heel. Tracking down a pair that doesn't look remotely orthopedic has been challenging--most come off as dowdy or clunky or just too sensible. Then yesterday at totokaelo.com I fell in love with these by Maison Martin Margiela. They're very simple, yet the suede backs and subtle ombre effect on the tips are totally one-of-a-kind. The round toes and thick 2 1/2 inch heels are guaranteed to be comfortable, though they're still so cool and refined overall. Sadly, at $845 they're way out of my budget (even with the site's ongoing shoe promotion), so the search continues. I'll keep you posted, and if you see any amazing, moderately priced, moderately heeled boots out there in the meantime, definitely let me know too!

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