This past Wednesday night I ignored the drizzling rain and the crowded subway as I made my way over to Union Square. Joining an eclectic group of New Yorkers, we huddled around the stage like groupies awaiting a rock concert. But this wasn’t a chance to see The Rolling Stones or The Grateful Dead—this was the alter ego of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Writer and producer Candace Bushnell glided up the stairs in her sparkly blue Miu Miu Platform Sandals—the same ones she wore to The Sex and the City 2 movie premiere. We were all mesmerized by her and those heels.
Bushnell talked as if we were old friends catching up. She was delightful, sexy, snarky and funny. After reading from her latest novel, Summer in the City, Bushnell started the Q&A portion of the night, which proved to be the most entertaining. She answered the probing questions candidly and humorously, and really, what more could fans want.
Eventually someone complimented her shoes and asked about the designer. She danced out from behind the podium, extending her slender leg so everyone could catch a better glimpse. Bushnell promised they were extremely comfortable and even claimed she could run in them if necessary, the kind of heel, she acknowledges every woman should own.
I wondered about that. I love the look of heels, but I struggle in a two-incher. It’s just not that often I find myself dressing up enough to fight the awkwardness of heels or the pain that follows. According to a recent review by Intelihealth and Harvard Medical School, “On average, women squeeze into shoes that are two and a half sizes too small for their feet.” Although it’s difficult to find flashy shoes that truly fit, it can be the deal breaker between comfort and excruciating pain.
Providence Foot Care recommends time limits on wearing heels. And in a recent interview, Bushnell started with a photo shoot, wearing incredibly high heels, her signature wear, but then slipped into a pair of “suede trainers.” Ah, moderation. Even the most glamorous know when to say no to heels and yes to comfort.
So there seems to be a method to the madness. If you do wear heels to an event, always carry a pair of comfy shoes in your bag—just in case. When buying heels, select shoes that fit properly. Wear the shoes around the house to break them in and familiarize yourself with the feel and stride. And most important, limit the amount of time you spend dancing the night away in your heels.
You can find Tips for Wearing High Heels from The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.