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Types of Ladies Heels on Shoes

Updated on January 16, 2015

Learning About the Types of Ladies Heels on Shoes

Look... It's not MY fault that I suddenly find myself writing about the types of heels on ladies shoes. It's my husband's fault. Yup. He's the one who started bringing home beautiful shoes that he found at yard sales and thrift stores. "Hey Honey! These looked like they would fit you," he'd say.

Turns out he's got good taste! It's kind of fun when one of our "honorary daughters" comes to visit and I listen to them talk with John about designer shoes! :)

Well, shoes ARE kind of fun. I admit it. After I started looking around at different types of shoes, I became somewhat fascinated by the different styles there are. This from someone who has lived in running shoes and Birkenstocks for the last 25 years.

Anyway, in this lens, I explore the different types of ladies heels that are out there. I figure that if I didn't know what they all were, maybe someone else might wonder also! Hope you find this info helpful - and also perhaps a little entertaining since I enjoyed the process of learning some of the "shoe lingo!"

PS: Please scroll down the page for a TRUE STORY about my Comfy Crocs - Which were Copped in the Croc Klepto Caper... And the sweet ending. :)

What kind of Shoes are YOU wearing RIGHT NOW?

Yup! These are MY feet!
Yup! These are MY feet!

I admit that I'm a people watcher. And, ever since Elton John burst on stage with his enormous platform heels (back in ... what was that... the 1970s?)... well, I've got to admit that the sight of it got my attention. Primarily because I thought at first, "For cryin' out loud, isn't he tall enough already? How can he play piano AND walk around in those things???" Anyway...

Here is is, MANY years later, and I just found myself watching a video clip of Prince William and (in my mind) Princess Kate (aka Duchess of Cambridge) - and she wears her shoes - Wellies, heels, whatever - so beautifully!

BUT... what about YOU!?

So, what's on your feet right now?

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A standard flat, comfort shoe
A standard flat, comfort shoe

Good Old Fashioned Flat Comfort Shoes...

The Ol' Stand By

I thought I'd start off with something I didn't actually need to look up. Flats. Comfort. Flat comfortable shoes.

In other words, nothing I need to use to help me keep my balance while I'm wearing them. No walking sticks... no practice railing. Nope. These are the types of shoes I can just slip on and go. Sort of like my old Birks. Which I still wear (a lot) - especially after I've been wearing anything higher than 2 inches for more than 10 minutes.

For a lot of folks, "comfortable flat shoes" translates to "boring." But they don't have to be boring. I don't find my old Birks to be boring. Maybe not hip. But boring? Nah.

Ok... maybe a little boring. I'll move on...

(PS: I need to find a photo of me and my old stand-by Birks! They are definitely getting ... uh... worn out. Yup. That's the word!)

Comfortable Flat Shoes for Women - They don't need to look frumpy to be comfy! :)

Look. It's a fact that not everyone can wear high heels. Just take a look at the comments down toward the bottom of this page! So, what I've done is to find a number of REALLY lovely and comfortable flat shoes for women that don't look dorky. At least to me. :) Yes, you can betcha by golly wow that I'm gonna find some Birkenstocks for you! :)

Birkenstock Arizona MOCHA Birkibuc Sandal - EU Size 39 / Women's US Size 8-8.5, Men's US Size 6-6.5
Birkenstock Arizona MOCHA Birkibuc Sandal - EU Size 39 / Women's US Size 8-8.5, Men's US Size 6-6.5

These are my favorites Birks. I'm wearing them as I type. I'm beginning to lose count of how many of these things I've gone through over the years. I'm actually trying to recall the very first year I bought these, when a guy in Woodstock, NY traced my foot to help me decide on the right pair. I'm thinking somewhere around 1980 or so. Yikes.

 
Very cool looking platform heels
Very cool looking platform heels

Platform Heels (these are not platforms from the 70s...)

My first experience with platform shoes was in the 1970s when a sandal (whose name escapes me) were all the rage. They were popular around the same time those stiff leather shoulder purses that looked like they were from Mexico were popular. You know the kind (if you were a teenage in the 1970s) - they were hand-tooled with all sorts of designs. I don't remember a single girl who didn't receive at least one of these purses at one holiday or gift-giving event or another.

But I digress... The outstanding features on these cool platform sandals were a criss-cross leather strap over the toe area (that reminds me of the type of leather you might find in a leather-craft kit where you can make a belt), and then your standard sandal strap around the ankle on top of a solid chunk of heel - a little lower in the front and a little higher at the heel. If I recall correctly (which is anyone's guess), they were just 2 or 3 inches high in back.

My reason for believing that they weren't much higher than 2 or 3 inches is that there is no way in the world my mother would even think about letting me wear high heeled shoes. Of course, back then I just thought she was being mean to me. Of course, today, I'm glad because my feet were never tortured or deformed by wearing insanely high heels while my precious tootsies were still in their formative years.

Anyway, these sandals were a very light beige color - both the straps AND the heels. I loved them. And if I could find an old photo of myself wearing my old water buffaloes, I'd scan the photo here.

Alas, I do not. Nor can I find any photos online that show them exactly... BUT - I was able to locate this person's blog that shows a fairly close relative of my own sandals... Check out the photo here. (But remember to come right back!)

So, platform shoes have really changed over the years. Nowadays, from what I can tell, platforms are more about the FRONT of the shoe rather than the heel. You can have a spikey stiletto heel in back, and the platform raising the front of the shoe (see photo for example).

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About Wedge Shoes and Wedge Heels

Ok... I think one of the reasons I started studying different types of heels was that I was confused between "platforms" and "wedges." I think if I had just thought about it a little more deeply I could have figured it out.

Up in the introduction, see those colorful shoes? They look a little like your typical stiletto, but ah ha! They are actually described as a "wedge" heel! That's because of that thing that connects the heel to the front part of the shoe creating a... (drum roll please)... Wedge!

And, according to the Skechers "shoepedia," a wedge is "a dress or casual shoe with a solid-styled wedge heel." And, according to the same source at Skechers, the wedge heel itself is defined as: "A heel with a solid design featuring a whole midsole panel rising to the heel section. Also found in semi-detached styles with partial separation at the arch."

Above, you can see the amazing things they're doing with wedge heels these days... In the photo that follows - the image of the nice classic style by BCBGirls - you get a look at a more classic wedge heel.

Look at these gorgeous stilettos by Naughy Monkey! Don't you just love the name?
Look at these gorgeous stilettos by Naughy Monkey! Don't you just love the name?

There's Nothing Quite Like a Stiletto Heel

(Even if I cannot personally balance myself on them!)

I have tried. I really have. Every time I see a beautiful gal sashaying elegantly and confidently on a pair of stiletto heels, I whisper to myself, "If THEY can walk on those things, so can I!"

My husband is all for it. He likes the look of heels.

There's only one problem. I don't "sashay." I "totter." I weeble and I wobble, and - if my husband or a chair isn't right at my side to help me stand up on these things, I would definitely fall.

I feel like I need ski poles to walk on stiletto heels. According to Wikipedia, the stiletto heel is named after "stiletto dagger," and is a "long, thin heel found on some boots and shoes, usually for women...Stiletto heels may vary in length from 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) to 25 cm (10 inches) " (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stiletto_heel ... By the way, I recommend visiting this link, because it has lots of cool history about stilettos!).

But... 10 inches??!!Even the mere idea of walking around on a 10-inch pair of heels gives me vertigo. How on earth do people truly walk around comfortably on something that high?

Alas, as lovely as shoes with stiletto heels are, I will have to continue admiring them from afar.

Amazing "Zan Sandale," 5-inch stilettos with a 1-inch platform lug by L.A.M.B.
Amazing "Zan Sandale," 5-inch stilettos with a 1-inch platform lug by L.A.M.B.

Some Pretty Creative Looking Heels!

I'm trying to picture being the creator of ladies designer shoes and footwear. Years ago, shoes were pretty much utilitarian. Sure, there were pretty styles and colors, but nothing like what I've started to see when I look around.

I spend quite a bit of time on the various sites where I have joined affiliate programs, and the more time I spend, the more I learn. And one of the things I've learned is that every time I see a shoe that makes me think I've seen it all, I prove myself wrong. Take the photo to the right here - It's certainly not unusual to see a very high stiletto heel partnered with a platform in the front of the shoe - but take a look at this sandal. It's called the Zan Sandal, and it's by L.A.M.B.

What first caught my eye was the straps. The shoe vaguely reminded me of a gladiator sandal on steroids. But then, I took a closer look and noticed that the platform seemed unusual. I read about the shoe, and learned that 1) the platform doesn't reach all the way to the edges of the shoe, and 2) it has a lug sole! The perfect anti-slip sole, don't you think? Just the thing on those slippery rocks when hiking through the forest...

One of the more interesting shoes I've seen is this pair of Martinez Valero shoes that have 3 3/4-inch stiletto heels, and what looks like real peacock feathers. When I saw this shoe, it caught my eye briefly, and then, after I had moved on to look at a few others, I found myself drawn back to look at this one again. For one thing, I like the color. My only other hope is that no peacocks were harmed in the making of that shoe. Maybe they shed their feathers? Hmmm. I don't know...

Quick Update on some of my SHOE Status...

The Corrupt Croc Klepto Caper in Myrtle Beach...

Ok. You will NOT believe this. I'm typing this update in March 2011. I am staying at a really nice place in Myrtle Beach for the winter. The kind of place where the LAST thing you would expect would be for someone to actually STEAL your shoes.

Especially grungy, broken, smelly old Crocs that have had sandy feet in them all winter.

But... my friends... believe it or not, the other day I went out for a quick walk (1/2 hour at most) on the beach. As I usually do, I left my Crocs on the edge of the walkway over the sand dunes - where I ALWAYS leave them when I want a quick barefoot stroll on the beach.

When I came back, guess what? They were GONE. I could truly hardly believe it. I thought maybe a dune kitty had grabbed them and taken them to play with for a while. But, I realized that it would take more than ONE dune kitty to do this. They would have to be in CATHOOTS! (get it? little joke about being in "cahoots?")

Then I thought it was a college spring-breaker playing a prank on the doddering gal up in 1406. Possibly as punishment for my obvious lack of style. But, when (in front of the spring-breakers) I asked the security if we could review and play back the security tapes of the elevator, no one budged or even shifted in discomfiture, I was convinced it wasn't one of them...

So, my friends, I searched high and low. I checked the trash (they WERE kind of grungy...). Nothin' So, I am Crocless at the moment.

I'm just glad that my $50 Dr. Scholl inserts or my Birks weren't out there.

Yes! 4 New Pair of Crocs!
Yes! 4 New Pair of Crocs!

Even BETTER UPDATE on the Copped Croc Caper!

Folks... You really WILL NOT believe this update!

Ok, after that whole thing where someone STOLE my old grungy Crocs in broad daylight (see above), I did my best to "let go" of the incident.

Then, on Saturday (March 26, 2011), we went to a yard sale - and guess what was waiting for me - all neatly in a row, and all brand new? If you guessed CROCS you are right!

Truly, this happened - and you can see the photo here for proof! 4 brand spankin' new pair of Crocs - $1 each. ALL MY SIZE.

Isn't life grand? Sigh... :)

Wait! Wait! I WANT CROCS TOO! - :) Hey, I can't help it... that last story?? Well... Just inspiring!

Seriously folks... I wrote that update about the Crocs in 2011. Now it's 2012 and I'm still blown away. AND I still wear my crocs. AND I still hope that the folks who thought it was funny to take my Crocs from the beach see this someday and say, "uh... Sorry Kath... We honestly didn't mean it..." and then they go and volunteer about 100 hours to their local homeless shelter or something. But! Here we are... so let's buy some Crocs!

What are some of the wildest Ladies Heels and Shoes YOU'VE seen?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I really don't know how girls walk on 6in heels, or even giant platforms. Heels do look nice but there are some really extravagant designs. Those black strappy ones look a bit lethal. Thankyou for your lovely comments you gave me about my Sunshine Award.

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      Achim Thiemermann 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      There's something really sexy about stiletto heels, but it must be a torture to walk on 'em! I know I couldn't. (And I shouldn't!)

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I love the way heels look - But, for me, the reality is that I'm in pain on higher heels, and just can't wear them for more than 10 minutes. I guess the stodgy old Birkenstocks are going to be the standard for me. Sigh. :)

      Thanks so much for commenting Stella!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @chefkeem: Ha ha! Oh so right Chef Keem! No, you shouldn't! Although... it might make for an interesting photo!

      Thanks for visiting! :) Kath

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      Those new coiled spring heels are pretty wild looking. Enjoyable lens, this. I've got some shoe related lenses that I'm going to lensroll this to. I've also just joined your fan club. Nice to meet you!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @CCGAL: Hi CCGal! Thank you so much! I love meeting new people here on Squidoo, and I'm off right away to visit what you and see what you're up to as well! I've got a bunch more lenses in progress (hmmm...Gotta get moving on those!) - so hopefully you'll come back and see more! Thank you again! See you soon...

      :) Cheers,

      Kath

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      I have seen some ridiculously high heels that look like if you wore them and didn't break your ankle you at least would get a nosebleed from the great height. I am all about comfort! Fun lens.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @jgelien: LOL! That's so true! I cannot believe how anyone can totter around for more than a few seconds. As I was looking at them more and more, I began to almost see how a shoe designer would be looking at it more as a piece of artwork than a functional piece of footwear... But obviously, people must buy them. So, I'm about to go for a walk - in my old trusty sneakers! (Flat, comfortable sneakers!) :)

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      I don't really wear heels. I know. I know. But I do much better in just a tiny heel. My dd loves heels and wants to wear them all the time.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @OhMe: I need to add a photo of me in my good ol' Birkenstocks!

      :)

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @puzzlerpaige: I do love the look of beautiful shoes. My biggest fear is killing myself trying to walk in them. I always wonder about the high profile stars who waltz around like they were born in heels - maybe they took a class: "How to Walk in High Heels Without Breaking Your Ankles."

      :) Kath

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I love high-heeled shoes! Makes me feel pretty.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @LouisaDembul: I know what you mean, Mujjen! Pretty and elegant (as long as I don't fall over on them) :) Thanks for visiting!

      :) Hugs,

      Kath

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @VarietyWriter2: Thank you SO MUCH for this blessing! That means a great deal to me. Squidoo truly is such a rewarding community - it feels great to be a part of it, thanks to people like you. :)

      Hugs,

      Kath :)

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      I do the same thing with my shoes when we walk on the beach. Matter of fact, when I kick mine off there are usually several pair under the boardwalk bench thing. I often wondered if they would ever go missing while I was gone. Humm. But anyway, great news about the new crocs that were waiting on you at the garage sale! Excellent ending! Or maybe there will be more info if you spot someone wearing your old ones. Then you can say, "Oh go ahead and keep those. God gave me 4 brand new pair because you stole mine." LOL!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @puzzlerpaige: LOL! That is a great response! The hilarious thing is that one of my friends who was there when this whole crazy caper happened said, "Kath - I almost think I saw someone with those Crocs on!" But, he said she was much older than than the college kids that I initially suspected. Hard tellin' not knowin' :)

      Thanks for visiting. It really was just too amazing NOT to write about.

      Hugs,

      Kath :)

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      lovelylashes 6 years ago

      I don't like wearing shoes, period. I love going barefoot!

      But the craziest heels I have seen are probably going to be pony heels. This is what they look like: http://www.random-good-stuff.com/wp-content/upload...

      Don't forget about those awful ballet heels! These kind of shoes can't be good for your feet...they look like evil demon shoes or something! xD

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @lovelylashes: Oh my gosh... you're right! Those pony heels are WILD! I'm glad you showed that photo. Unbelievable what they come out with. Does anyone actually REALLY wear them?

      Thanks so much for visiting and sharing that great photo!

      Hugs,

      :) Kath

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I've been wearing the same pair of white crocs for 4 years now. Hmm. Shoes...

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Hi Darcie!

      Well... up 'til those silly ol' Crocs were stolen, I'd worn the same pair for several years as well. :)

      Thank you so much for visiting!

      :) Hugs,

      Kath

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      alkapuri 6 years ago

      great one.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @alkapuri: Thank you! :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I cannot for the life of me, understand those women who wear the you know what me shoes or any high heal. I won't do it.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Well, I guess the ones with the live goldfish in the platforms. :D I love shoes! Stilettos are my favorite, though I think I've been off them so long that I wouldn't be able to walk with them. ...You lucky thang. Nice Crocs acquisition.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Ha ha! Love it Margo! We saw a lot of those "you know what" shoes down south this winter in Myrtle Beach - probably because of how many interesting night clubs there are. I tried on a pair at a yard sale and nearly fell over. Practically needed ski poles to climb into them. :) Kath

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @GrowWear: Hi Mimi! Thanks for visiting! I have not seen the goldfish shoes! Now I need to search online to see them. Too funny! I love the look of the stilettos - but it's been a long time since I have been able to get into them (or actually do anything but look stunningly gorgeous in them - as long as I don't try to move!) :)

      Thanks for the thumbs up and the comment about the Crocs! That really was an amazing day!

      One thing that was even more fun is that I was able to give some of them away to some friends who said THEY needed some too!

      Thanks for visiting, and I look forward to getting to know you more here on Squidoo. You are an inspiring lensmaster!

      Hugs, Kath :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      such a fun lens! i've loved shoes all my life, you can tell a lot from the shoes someone is wearing, don't you think?

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much! Yes, it was a fun lens to write too! I'm always on the lookout for cool shoes... When I find new fun ones, I'll photograph them and bring them into the lens.

      Thank you for visiting!

      Hugs, Kath :)

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      I learned a lot from today. Nice lens!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @JennySui: I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you so much for stopping by.

      :) Hugs,

      Kath

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Not sure what kinds they are but in LA and Miami and NYC I have seen some pretty wild ladies heels and shoes.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @whiteskyline lm: I really enjoy looking at them - almost like an art form! :)

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      The wildest I've seen featured live goldfish in the heels. They weren't the nicest I've seen, but certainly the wildest.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @kerbev: Hi Kab! Thanks so very much for visiting AND for your wonderful Blessing! I was so psyched to see that! Oh wow... GOLDFISH in the heels!!! I've NEVER seen that! I can't even imagine the poor fishies getting all dizzy and such - unless the person actually doesn't really walk around in them. You're right... definitely wild! Again, thank you! Many hugs, Kath :)

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      A woman after my own heart! I absolutely loved this post, so many pretty shoes!!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @dessertlover: Thank you! :) Just bought a pair of bright red stilettos at a yard sale down in Florida recently. Fun fun fun! I'll see if I can get my feet to look decent enough in 'em to take a photo! :) Hugs, Kath

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      Love shoes and this write up :) *Blessed today because every woman needs to read this one!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @clouda9 lm: You are beautiful Clouda9! Just looking at some of these makes me feel more feminine - thank you so much for your blessing! :) Kath

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I have a girlfriend that is wild about shoes and has some wild shoes. I loved the humor in this lens. Blessed.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: Thank you so much for the blessing LaraineRose! Oh yeah... I had a lot of fun with this! :) Happy new year! :) Hugs, Kath

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      rottenpixies 5 years ago

      Cool article. I will really impress my girlfriend at dinner tonight with this knowledge!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @rottenpixies: LOL! That's a very wise idea! :) Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Pennyseeker LM: Thank you! :)

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      RickyDawn1 5 years ago

      Ladies, help me out! Why do you love shoes so much? https://hubpages.com/style/why-do-women-love-shoes

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @RickyDawn1: I'll pop over, Ricky_Dawn, and see what you've done there! :) Kath

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Got a good chuckle of your lens :) ... great fun to read. From one shoe-lady to another.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @fullofshoes: So glad you enjoyed it! :) Hugs, Kath

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Heels so high, You'd likely break your ankle if you tripped.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      I think the metal-spiked/studded heels that celebs were wearing maybe a year or 2 ago were really scary. You do not want to trip in those, nor do you want to be near anyone who trips in those! fun lens :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Joan Haines: Yup! That would definitely be me! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @verymary: I agree! I still don't know how people really walk in them - they must practice! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm petite but I really love flats. Flats for everything. :-)

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i like comfy shoes. my lens, mozart marzipan balls, featured a pair of pilgrim shoes similar to what you featured here. angel blessings.

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      dixiebliss 5 years ago

      I love shoes! They're so much fun and such great accessories. But come summer time I am barefoot as often as possible!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm with you! As much as I love looking at the fun styles, I know I'd break my neck in them. :) I'll enjoy them from afar (and in my flats) :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: Thank you for the Blessing! I'll have to check out your Mozart Marzipan Balls lens! Gotta see those shoes...

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @dixiebliss: Thank you Pie! :) I'm off pretty soon to a barefoot walk on the beach myself. Barefoot is best!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice high heels for ladies. I knew a lady that always dresses up, high heels and all. It made me wonder if she owned a pair of blue jeans, with heels to match. I have heels, but am more of a bare-foot person when I can.

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      I think those shoes with the spring for a high heel look pretty weird, but I'm told they are comfortable. I'm partial to flip flops these days. I had a pair of crocs, but they made my back hurt so I quit wearing them. Interesting topic, this. Nice read!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Tipi! Thanks for visiting this lens! Ok... I must confess that just today I found ANOTHER great pair of heels at a yard sale. So, this winter I've found about 4 more pair... Will I actually WEAR any of them? Probably not for more than 1/2 hour! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @CCGAL: I love flip flops - until they irritate my toes... but I have a bunch of heels I'll probably never wear as well! :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @TTMall: Thank you! :)

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      sjgriffith 5 years ago

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      Well, the wildest shoes I got were a pair of old crocs from a beach in . . ONLY JOKING! Loved this lens it has made me giggle and well done on your Croc Fest find. With thanks and appreciation (and much giggling) Cathi x

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Thrinsdream: Hi Cathi! YOU just made me totally laugh out loud! I love your comment!! Thanks for enjoying this lens... :) Hugs to you! :) Kath

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I love your Croc story and the awesome update! 4 brand new pairs for a dollar each...AND in your size? What are the odds? :) Enjoyed this lens!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Brandi Bush: Thank you so much! Oh yes, being showered with new Crocs certainly was pretty cool! :) Glad you like the lens!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I spend most of my time in Sloggers (Croc-like clogs, but cushier). Life is too long to tolerate painful shoes and hurting feet.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Oooh... gotta check those out! Never heard of them before! Thanks for the tip Virginia!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I am the stiletto kid since I was thirteen.

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      TrendyBoots 5 years ago

      I saw clear heels with goldfish in them

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      Those giant platform heels are just scary!

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      howdoyouspellst 5 years ago

      I love all the personality you put into your writing!! It's a lot of fun.

      I LOVE heels!! I would wear stilettos or wedges every day if I could. They look so amazing!! Sometimes they do hurt after a long day of standing, but it's so worth it!!

      Great lens!!! Blessed for your creativity and amusing anecdotes!!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: You got that right Virginia! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @siobhanryan: Love it Siobhan! If you've got it, flaunt it! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @TrendyBoots: THAT one I'd love to see! :) Poor goldfish must be dizzy...

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @ViJuvenate: I try them on when I see them at yard sales, but need to balance myself on my husband's arm! HE likes the look! But I can't quite pull off the swagger... :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      @howdoyouspellst: Your comments just made my day! Gonna run over to your profile and give you a big Squid Hug! :)

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I love the karmic play-by-play that lead to your Croc windfall. Hopefully the person whole stole your Crocs got a suitable reward too -- like a stubbed toe. I enjoy looking at beautiful shoes, but spend 99% of the time in flip flops.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very interesting read!

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      JGracey 4 years ago

      The old leather sandals you mention ... "water buffalo" sandals from India (or just buffalo sandals). As a teenager growing up in the hippie years, that was standard footwear. I must have had a dozen pair ... best way to make them fit was put them on and walk in the lake, letting them dry on your feet. Super comfy! I loved those things.

      I had dozens of platforms in the 70s too ... my mom hated them. She said they made me look "club-footed". She was right. When I look back at the old pictures from then, I really did look that way.

      I can't wear high-heels anymore. Wearing them through my working years wrecked my feet ... now I have to wear orthopedic shoes . I like heels, just can't stand up in them anymore.

      I love the sneaker duck poster - so cute. And the black open-toed dressy wedges (they actually look comfy).

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      What an interesting lens. I've seen a lot of really wild ladies heels. I wonder how these women can walk in them. As for me - I have really small feet (size 3 in children's) - so I don't own any real heels.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @mel-kav: Thanks for visiting! I just took some photos of some real bizarre ones we found at a yard sale - I'll post them when I have a chance. :)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I see lots of women wearing high heeled shoes walking the streets and airports and I don't know how they manage. Are they suffering in silence? Anyway, I like looking at them and would wear them when I am not walking.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @aesta1: I'm with you! I guess some people get used to them. I don't think I'm one of them! But they are fun to look at! :)

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      gypsyman27 lm 4 years ago

      I've seen some wild ones, I am partial to high heels for women. They seem to accentuate the leg and really look great. I understand that they may be difficult to wear. To paraphrase Billy Crystal when he is doing his comedy act, maybe these ladies would "rather look good, than feel good". See you around the galaxy...

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      Finding shoes that are fashionable and still comfortable is a little challenging. A lot of women suffer in silence, no one will ever know about it. Because you'll never hear us complain. lol

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      QuiltFinger 4 years ago from Tennessee

      What a fun lens!! i love you're stolen crocs story. WTH?! I think the wildest shoes I've ever seen were either a Wayans brother or in Tarantino's Jackie Brown. They were clear heels the had a live goldfish inside!! Me, I have to stick with flats, I'm too tall, and I broke my husband's toe by leaving my heels on the floor!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @QuiltFinger: LOL! Yeah, that was quite the day! Oh, I've heard of the goldfish shoes, but haven't seen them. I need to stick w/ flats too! :) Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @GeekGirl1: So right! :) On both counts! LOL

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I used to have 4 inch heels that zipped up the front. They were my favorite shoes. One heel broke and a lady I knew told me she could get them fixed for me. She loved the shoes - I never saw them again. Oh well. Glad you were blessed with 4 new pairs.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @favored: OMG! I can't believe someone took your beloved shoes! Well, they say "what goes around comes around..." Who knows what her actions will result in! Thanks for sharing your story, but I'm bummed that there are "shoe thieves" out there. I mean, really... stealing SHOES?? :) Thanks for visiting!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I think giant platforms with heals.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Oh wow... gotta admit I haven't seen those! :)

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      anooptu 4 years ago

      girls always like to follow this kind of heels............... Loved it for my Girl Friend !

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      henrygdance 4 years ago

      check out this link here:http://henrygdance.com/media/HenryG_dance_shoes_he...

      All different heels from henrygdance.com

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @henrygdance: I'll have to check it out!

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      MayaIxchel 4 years ago

      The platform shoes that are six inches or more, I just can't imagine! I guess I am just a 'sensible shoes' person. Plus, all our streets are cobblestone and we walk everywhere, I've seen girls in spike heels, but I don't know how they do it!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @MayaIxchel: Oh my! Especially difficult on cobblestone! Somehow I must visit your beautiful country! :)

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      Wedding Mom 4 years ago

      One peculiar type of shoe I've seen actually don't have heels at all.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Must be age...but I used to wear High heels and platforms. Not now though.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @LynetteBell: Ha ha! Me neither! :) Hugs to you!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @Wedding Mom: Oh! You're going to keep me in suspense??? If you visit again, please share the type/make of shoe! :) Hugs to you!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I've seen some crazy shoes on Pinterest and the really high heels I would never be able to walk in, that's for sure..I remember the first time I wore heels, I was twenty!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @Brite-Ideas: I just can't wear those heels for more than a few minutes at a time anymore...

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      qasimalhammad 4 years ago

      great lens, totally loved the photo of the Duck!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @qasimalhammad: LOL! I love it too!

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Wow! Your karma was watching out for you when you happened upon the garage sale full of crocs. :)

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @Pam Irie: LOL! I know... it was pretty wild! :)

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      Royal-Lensmaster 4 years ago

      @writerkath: And I have to second that, or should I say, third that.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @Royal-Lensmaster: LOL! :)

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      johnsja 4 years ago

      Cute lens topic. I like it! Thanks for sharing.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @johnsja: It was a lot of fun to write!

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      Bonfire Designs 4 years ago

      So cool lens, its all about the shoes no matter what you do or where life takes you!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @Bonfire Designs: Thank you so much!

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Spiky heels make me nervous, but they look great in photos!

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      siserou 4 years ago

      Oh my gosh, this was one of the wildest lenses I have ever read. Who would have even thought of writing about shoe heels. I had to just keep reading, it was like a mystery novel, and then you were rewarded with the new Crocs. Wonderful!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @siserou: I guess I was inspired! Yeah... I still shake my head in disbelief about those Crocs!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: I agree! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I guess I got to laugh too on your croc "caper" that's too funny! oh I am glad you got new shoes. That is what we say karma!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @anonymous: :) Thanks so much for your comment!

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      infoprogirl 4 years ago

      I have a girlfriend that has a room full of shoes...mostly heels. The whole collection is wild. Me personally, I can't wear heels. So...give me clogs any day.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @infoprogirl: I knew someone who spent part of her workday shopping for heels online. She must have quite a collection too! (Not sure if she has her job anymore!)

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      applejacking 4 years ago

      not suitable for active lady like me with supper busy school activities. but for fashion addict, it's truly works well for their appearance.

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      squid-pinkchic18 4 years ago

      Ahhh, shoes. One of my true passions in love. Loved reading this :)

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      BLESSED BLESSED BLESSED!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I'm not into ladies shoes but I thought this was an interesting lens. I saw a girl the other day wearing big black platform type of shoes with spikes on them. I thought that was really weird, something i would expect to see a rock star like KISS or Alice Cooper wearing

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @rawwwwwws lm: Thank you so much! :)

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Tose ones which have bo heel and appear to be balanced 6" in the air! I can't wear stilettos like I used to (I used to be able to play table tennis in them, lol) but as I have been invited to do a book signing at a charity ball soon I have just treated myself to some very glamorous stilettos - but NOT ten inches! Shriek! I'd break my neck! And I'm quite tall enough already! 10 inches!!! No way!

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      ottoblotto 4 years ago

      Fun and informative - bless you!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      You have the most engaging touch in your writing. It pulls people in. Hey, it got me to read this lens about women's shoes. That's more than amazing. And if anyone cares to know, I'm wearing brown slip on shoes.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      You are famous! At least heels shoe lovers think so :)

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      @kabbalah lm: LOL

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      I'm a fellow Croc Dweller. I love, love, love my Crocs. I have Croc sandals too. So comfy. Can't do heels anymore I'm afraid :-(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens,i like how you cover so many types of shoes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      no wonder my wife took a long time to choose one

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      alina nicoleta92 4 years ago

      Great lens and love the shoes.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @alina nicoleta92: Thank you! :)

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Hi Kathy. Just popping by to let you know that I successfully walked in high stilettos under that evening gown (My Book-Signing Experience) and amazingly I didn't teeter or topple. I managed a very graceful glide. Wonders still happen, lol! Thanks for visiting. I was trying to remember who wrote the lens about shoes. I knew I'd read it and chatted about it.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @Loretta L: Thanks for that great comment Loretta! Glad you were able to navigate the book signing with the heels! You looked beautiful! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i love the pump heels most. thanks for great collections.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Great lens :P pretty interesting

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      shana273 4 years ago

      I really like this lens. I love wedges and cute flip flops.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      At this point in my life I have to wear hideous shoes ordered by the podiatrist but my son says he will design some new ones. He is a design student so I have big hopes. Pinned to my shoes board.

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      Aibrean82 3 years ago

      One name for you: Lady Gaga. Crrrrazy! And not in an I-want-those-shoes sort of way.

      My favourites are semi-tall wedges. I couldn't walk in stilettos if my life depended on it, and the thought makes me almost cry. I LOVE the look of stilettos!

      And I loved reading this lens. So funny and well written. Good job!

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Great lens! The new platforms rate wild in my book. I too wore platforms in the '70's and broke my ankle when I slipped on tile floors. My mother wore platforms in the '40's and would not give them up, no matter the current fashion. Us'ed to be able to run in stilettos, now it's just mock Croc's and gym shoes.

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      AmyLOrr 3 years ago

      I love going barefoot - the feeling the grass or sand between my toes on a warm summers day.. :) I also love wedges, I feel like nothing can bother me when I wear those :)

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      asereht1970 2 years ago

      I don't like high heels very much as I am clumsy. Flat shoes and slippers are what I like.

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