Heels That Actually Feel Like Sneakers

08/21/2006 at 03:00 PM ET

In this week’s StyleWatch section of PEOPLE magazine, Mariah Carey’s stylist June Ambrose praises the Steve Madden shoes created for the “Adventures of Mimi” tour, saying “They crafted us a seven inch inch pump that felt like a sneaker.” Personally, I couldn’t imagine how a heel that high could be as comfy as my beloved Keds! But, last night I went out in my brand-new pair of Cole Haan heels with built-in Nike Air technology. I still had all of my usual wobbling on-uneven-sidewalk issues, but my feet didn’t hurt! The whole sole is thickly padded and even a little bouncy. They may not replace my sneakers for long days of shopping (I stand in awe of the future Ms. Cruise‘s stamina) but I could definitely go out dancing without fear. — Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

Do you have a favorite pair of comfy heels? Tell us about them!

Photo: Courtesy of Cole Haan

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erika on

ha…im a short short person yet i will never understand heels…can’t walk in them…don’t find them comfy…that’s why i guess this sneaker-type high-heel may work with me…but i have no need to be taller…i’d rather play it safe and stick to my runners and ballet flats…heels look too fancy for day to day office wear…

aliza on

i pretty much ADORE my newest steve maddens. i have two pairs of the lalo platform peep toe stilettos. i bought the red patent leather pair first, upon seeing them online and finding them a day or so later. they surprised me with how wearable and non-painful they are at all. then a couple weeks ago i bought them in the neutral snake skin.
then, saturday, i bought the newer closed-toe version i think they’re called lemore or something like that, in black suede. wore them last night to the bar, couldn’t tell i was wearing heels this morning.
those are my fave non-high designer shoes for comfort.

Megan on

Do people seriously spend $275 on shoes? Seriously?

Brianna on

That might actually work!! And they’re not bad looking either. I could wear these with almost anything. I give these a thumbs up!

Isa on

Seriously Megan, have you never seen Sex and the city?
There are tons of shoes over $300. Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, etc. ALL OVER $500!!!

Megan on

Isa, I know, but that’s a lot of money to spend on one pair of shoes!!! :)

Christy on

I agree with this quote -“But, last night I went out in my brand-new pair of Cole Haan heels with built-in Nike Air technology. I still had all of my usual wobbling on-uneven-sidewalk issues, but my feet didn’t hurt!”

I LOVE my Cole Haan shoes. Now you have the classic style of Cole Haan and the comfort of Nike. Only thing that can beat that is chocolate that makes you skinny.

Hali on

I love steve madden i just went there recently with a girlfriend of mine. i think the idea of having a heel feel like a sneaker is a great idea! now only if we can get dior and gucci do the same!

alyssa on

i love steve madden and just went there recently with a girlfriend of mine. I think the idea of having a heel feel like a sneaker is a great ! now if we can get dior and gucci to do the same.

amanda on

i feel awful wearing heels, because i’m tall enough (5’6) and i hate feeling taller then i truly am. i don’t understand such women who are more than 5’7 and wear very high heels.

Sara M on

Amanda, I’m 5’11” and I loooove wearing heals. They make me feel sexy, and the looks I get for being so tall are priceless. No girl should have to sacrifice wearing cute shoes because she is tall!

Kimberly Fierro on

I would wear these in a minute. They are so cute

stephannie on

i am 5’9′ and wear a size 10 shoe (yes i know i have big feet) so unlike all you other girls, I cannot even squeeze into a high heel shoe, so good luck on this one and don’t fall and break an ankle or a leg. haha

beth on

My favorite pair are ________Michelle. I don’t know the name of the brand, because my dog has since chewed them up. But they are THE most comfortable heels I have EVER worn. I work in an office, and run all over the building – and I have worn many heels that leave blisters on my feet, and leave them aching. The secret is the straps, which are so flexible. I think I got them at Value City or somthing – $20… if only my dog hadn’t chewed them up!

Ashley on

I LOVE SHOES! ANY kind of shoes! Heels are sexy! Alot of people say that they’re uncomfortable and I always tell them that its painful to be beatiful!

Sarah on

I think these are beautiful!!!

Dawn on

WOW, nice shoes but NEVER would I pay that for a pair of shoes…NEVER!

Hannah on

these heels are cute.i love them :)

Berry Chic on

HOw can anyone wear shoes so high……..doesn’t that mess up your kidneys? I mean I can understand every Once in a while efor liek a major event but everyday? I don’t think so. those celebrities must get some serious foot massages at night.

Beth on

I think the show are very cute, but I’ve never know a heel that feels like sneakers.

kiks on

4inch heals will never feel like sneakers. Ever!

BargainHunter! on

I agree…over $200 is too much! You do NOT have to spend $$$$$ on shoes. Check out bargain sites like Zappos, BlueFly or SmartBargains.com. Totally can find the cutest styles without the hefty price tag. Shoes are great to buy online – I always order two pairs (size 7 and size 7 1/2) and return the ones that don’t fit!

BargainHunter! on

Actually, SmartBargains.com is doing a big expansion of their shoe selection in the next few weeks. Should check back in mid-September for even better deals!

Stephanie.S on


Zircon Earring on

Very beautiful!Thanks for sharing.

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