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Top 5 Not-So-High Heels: Say Hello to Friendlier Heights


Finally, an onslaught of styles that won’t kill our feet! Sexy, cool heels measuring three to four inches have always been hard to come by, but now mid-level heights are making a strong showing. If these shoes were in a pageant, they would win Miss Congeniality, for sure. Welcome these friendly heights that promise to treat your feet nicely without sacrificing devastating good looks.

1) Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Leather Sandal: Unbelievable comfortable and equally attractive, YSL’s quintessential high style is more welcoming in an approachable 4” version. At Bergdorf Goodmanicon for $1,095.

2) Christian Louboutin Piou Piou 85 Calf-Hair Pumps: At 3.5”, these give a nod to the demure kitten heel, but the lean and graceful heel leaves no room for even a hint of stumpy-ness. On Net-a-Porter for $895.

3) Miu Miu Snakeskin-Effect Leather Wedge Sandals: There’s something glamorously retro about this python-meets-metallic wedge – a sling-back and a peep-toe are the right details for a cool 3” heel. On Net-a-Porter for $660.

4) Jimmy Choo Amina Patent Leather Peep-Toe Mary Jane Pumps: Like the Tribute, the platform on this 4-incher makes the height hardly noticeable, while a skinny buckled strap and shiny texture give nod to fetish-level sexiness. At Saks Fifth Avenueicon for $695.

5) Manolo Blahnik Metallic Leather Slingback Peep Toe Pumps: What does the rise of the medium heel really mean? The return of the Manolo! These mirror-finish bronze sling-backs get a gold medal. At Saks Fifth Avenueicon for $685.



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