La Greca Magazine
If Cinderella was re-written today, she would probably drive a Gucci line Fiat and wear interchangeable heels. The reason is quite straight-forward: No lady - especially a busy self-confident working woman - puts herself through the ordeal of spending a whole day and evening on 12-cm pumps. And although Cinderella would embrace practicality, instead of squeezing her delicate feet into glass slippers, she would still be sexy and glamorous.
With boutiques in Paris, Porto and Toronto, as well as several points-of-sale in Europe, Canadian designer Tanya Heath has introduced a gadget shoe with interchangeable heels as a solution to women's multi-tasking, constant role-changing lives. Modern Cinderellas can instantly reach into their trendy hobo handbags, click on a heel and magically switch into princesses. The good news is that it comes with no helpdesk or manual. The mechanism is quite woman-friendly. A button hidden in the interior cushion of the shoe is pressed to release the heel. The new shorter, higher, thinner or thicker heel can be attached in no time to reveal a totally new look. The color and design combinations are also varied, fun and are renewed every season. You will fall head over heels!
German designer Katrin Leiber also offers gorgeous alternatives for evening wear. Her changeable-heel models are more elegant and definitely fit for a glamorous night out. You can find a lot of sparkle, vivid colors with big Gaultier-like elements and swirling golden lines that create a lace-like effect intensified by a black background. But that covers only one aspect of a modern woman’s life. If no prince charming is around, most of us would prefer to drive home on flats way past the clock strikes midnight.
My personal view is that although Tanya Heaths are not the most luxurious shoes you can find in town, this was never the idea in the first place. Her creations should be viewed as the best compromise suggested so far to tackle our hectic routines in style. Bottom line, whether you choose Heaths or Leibers purely depends on what suits your own lifestyle, your needs and fascinations. After all, who says we cannot try them all? Ladies, now there are no shoes you can't fill!
Author: Marianna Lagakou - Van Zandweghe
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