Stick-thin stiletto heels are great for a height boost and to make your calves look more toned. But if you’ve ever stood or walked around in them for over an hour, you’ll know how painful they become – which is why many carry a pair of flats with them to change out whenever they get the opportunity.
This has prompted us to create a curation of stylish and painless kitten and low heels, without breaking the bank. These affordable shopping picks give you height without the sore, whether you wear them to work or weekend dates.
By now we’re all familiar with the convenience that a pair of mules affords. This Love, Bonito pair is amped up with ruffle details that adds femininity, so play it up with a pleated skirt. It is also available in black.
Before you brush this Charles & Keith pair off as just a pair of simple black strappy sandal, take a look at the heels. The black and gold sculptural design is a quiet yet impactful detail that will set you apart from your colleagues. Finish with a killer midi dress.
If you’ve always loved the boho style of dressing, this Play-mei pair will be right up your alley. Pair this with wide-legged pants that end just right at the ankles to bring focus to the hand-sewn embellished pattern on the straps.
Buckle details are nothing new on footwear. Yet, they remain enduring favourites for brands such as Roger Vivier and Tory Burch. If you don’t want to spend so much, pick up this Pazzion lamb suede pair. Also available in black.
Slingbacks can be considered the babies between pumps and sandals. The feminine blush pink design features a pointed toe silhouette that will lengthen your gams and make you look taller. Go monochromatic with a pink suit.
Thanks to the colourblocked blue and white combination, these Pomelo boots have a touch of futuristic vibe to them. Slip it on for days you want your footwear to be an understated focal point of the outfit and finish with a simple LBD.
This pair of loafers are for days where you will be standing a lot or want to channel an androgynous style. The gold hardware adds a touch of luxury while the petite heel still gives you a height boost without pain.
Wedges are widely considered as one of the least straining heels to wear, in part thanks to the platform construction. Pair this espadrille iteration with white linen or a colourful sundress.
Besides the block heel, Marks & Spencer has created this pair with their Insolia technology to ensure proper foot positioning and comfort with every step. The nondescript style makes it easy to style with any outfit too.
Despite its name, this pair of Mary Jane shoes from Zara has a modest heel height of 5.5cm. We also love how the matte tweed material contrasts against the shiny black block heels to give it a sophisticated, modern look. Pair this with your best suit or jumpsuit for an important meeting.