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Q. I’m tall - really tall. I love it, and I don’t shy away from wearing heals, however I draw the line at chunky platforms that add several more inches and can make me look ridiculous. However, I love the new clogs trend, and really want to get a pair. Is the big wooden platform an essential part of this style? Do you know of any cute clogs that aren’t quite so sky high?

A. When it comes to the new fashion-y clog (and not the traditional comfort clog), unfortunately, a high heel with a chunky platform is the most coveted style. However, you can still get the look of a clog with one of these variations on this season’s clog (which is in itself a variation of the traditional clog!) featuring wood soles but with a more manageable heel height or thinner platform:

Q. I bought a few pairs of gladiator sandals last summer, can I still wear them?

A. You’re in luck! Grecian-inspired sandals continue to be a huge trend this season. We especially love them worn with dresses and skirts. Here are some of this season’s stand-outs:


Guess what? Gladiator sandals aren’t the only spring trend you already own.

Q. I am in a wedding this spring and the bride has chosen some really beautiful stilettos for us bridesmaids. My problem? I’ve had the “luxury” of a casual-dress environment for the last several years and very rarely wear heels anymore! I will be in these shoes for at least 12 hours; I really want to enjoy her wedding and not have to resort to flip-flops (horror!) or - ahem - getting drunk to relieve my aching feet. Do you have a “best” insert/insole recommendation?

A. Lucky for you, these heels aren’t too high, so they won’t completely destroy your comfort-shoe-loving feet. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have comfort insoles on hand to help you dance the night away. For years, the StyleBakery team has used Foot Petals “Killer Kushions” to soften the pain of our cute-but-killer heels. They have a slim profile, so they work with even the most bare sandals.

We also really like Dr. Scholl’s for Her High Heel Insoles which are made specifically for heels that are 2” or higher. They work by taking the pressure off the ball of your foot. They are clear and have a slim profile, so they work with virtually all shoes.

We can’t guarantee that either of these products will give you an ache-free evening (even a 2” heel can hurt after 12 hours on your feet!) but they will certainly help. And a glass of champagne or two wouldn’t hurt either.

Q. I know I’m two years late on this trend, but I am in a desperate search for black riding boots. I’m 5’3, so I don’t want anything too tall. Please help!


A. It’s never too late to buy a pair of riding boots - they are a classic look that you’ll wear for years and years. In fact, it’s the perfect time of year to invest in a pair since many are on sale. Since you are petite, it’s important not to choose a pair of boots that are too tall. Look for a shaft (the height of the boot) that hits an inch or more below your knee. A shaft that is too high and close to your knee can visually shorten the look of your legs. You may have to try on several different boots to find the most flattering shaft height for you, but try a 14” or 15” height to start. Here are some options that are 15” tall or shorter:

Q. I loved Emily Blunt’s shoes that she wore to The Wolfman premiere this week. I’m betting they are way beyond my budget, where can I find a similar pair?


A. Emily’s gorgeous Sergio Rossi Gladiator Sandals are over $800, if you can even find a pair. Since gladiators return as a trend for spring, there are many options out there. While none are quite as stunning as the Sergio Rossis, I think the ZiGiny Women’s Diva Heel (right) comes pretty close. Here are some more options for you:

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