Don’t let high heels get you down. Elysian reveals our most comfortable shoes of the season.
There’s something about a few extra inches of height that makes you feel svelte, lighter, and statuesque even if it means teetering around precariously on spikes that are guaranteed to leave your feet as bruised and torn as a prima ballerina’s during Nutcracker season. At ELYSIAN, we’ve been experimenting with different heel types, and the good news is that you can get the height without the hardship if you choose your shoes strategically. Word to the wise: we still recommend breaking in new heels around the house for at least a week before wearing them to an event. And never leave home without a pair of fold-up flats in your purse (just in case)!
Talk about the best of both worlds. Platform shoes add inches to your stature, but are devoid of pointy heels that can snap or snag. That’s why they’ve been hot since the 1970s in one way or another. If you are new to platforms, take time to practice before wearing them out. With a few inches added on to your height, your gait is naturally going to shift slightly, but you’ll get used to it.
Vince Janet Platform Espadrilles
As comfy as your house slippers, but two inches higher!
Dress them up with a LBD or wear them with jeans. These sandals are meant to dance the night away.
Super cute with a mini or shorts. The lug sole gives you superpowers to avoid slips on muddy fields at music festivals or wet floors at a party (who spilled their drink?).
Beautifully crafted in Italy with glittery leather, you can rock Aqua’s Cruz sandals with sundresses, jeans or tailored shorts.
Vince Warren Suede Slip-Ons
As comfy as a pair of sneakers but they come with an extra inch of height. Your must-have for summer music festivals.
Prada Velvet Platforms
With a foot-molded sole and velvet upper, these Pradas are a perfect mix of business and pleasure.
Jimmy Choo Parker Cork Wedge
Jimmy Choo is known for designing heels with impossible height, but the Parker wedge — with its cork heel and rubber soul — is mercifully easy to wear.
Cork heels are hot this season, and we know why. They are simultaneously naturalistic and chic, and go with just about everything.
A metallic heel gives these Ferragamo wedges a mod look, but their leather construction is right in line with Ferragamo’s legacy for impeccable design and manufacturing.
Tory Burch Miller Logo Wedge
In buttery Napa leather with her signature buckle, Tory Burch’s Miller wedge will be your everyday go-to this summer.
Pedro Garcia Taciana Braided Jute Wedge
A stretch satin upper and braided-jute base with a rubber sole make these wedges as comfortable as they are beautiful.
Gucci’s Lilibeth wedge espadrilles were made for walking pretty.
Jimmy Choo Platform Raffia Wedge
Radiant blue raffia makes these platforms as refreshing as a summer breeze.
Stilettos have a way of splintering or getting caught in sidewalk grating, but this new generation of block heels have the sleek cache of a stiletto design with the stability of a column. Score!
Prada Block Heel Slides in Suede
Equally compatible with jeans and sundresses, these Prada Block Heels are destined to be your new BFF.
Cole Haan Justine Suede Block Heel Pumps
Pair with a summer suit or a jeans/blazer ensemble for a work-day look that’s summer casual.
A metallic heel and spiked bow impart a classic silhouette with some dangerous summer heat.
Gucci’s Patent Mary Janes with a bee buckle packs a two-part killer sting with both cuteness and style.
Jimmy Choo Marine Studded Block Heels
Comfy? Check. Sexy? Check. Stylish? Check. Jimmy Choo’s Marine studded block heels? Done.
Jimmy Choo Dasha Low Block Heel
A pink hue makes these sandals chic for summer, and the low block heel makes them highly wearable.
These floral block-heels are perfectly flirty for a summer of love.
Michael Kors Dorothy Flex Leather Pump
A shock-absorbing rubber sole and cushioned insole give these pumps a leg up on comfort.
A lower heel makes these pumps easier to tolerate than their taller sisters. The bright blue and pink satin shades are summer-festive.
A padded footbed, medium height, and slingback heel with stretch inset fulfill our Manolo dreams of both style and comfort.
An adjustable cloth strap and cushioned sole add comfort to these Jimmy Choos.