How this little invention has managed to escape my attention for so long is beyond me, but strangely enough, a 50-something friend of my father's who knows I write about fashion recently turned me on to Smart Heels--a simply genius device for someone like me, who has forever schlepped around flip flops and flats in my handbag...I'm practically a professional shoe destroyer, turning baby calfskin Chloe wedges into gardening clogs in under a year (thank you, New York subway), exposing noisy little nailheads on $900 pairs of Louboutins, and making fast friends with the repair guy at Shoe Service Plus (yep, that's "beer sludge" on my satin heels, and no, I wouldn't have worn them if I knew I'd end up playing quarters all night in a dive bar).
Enter Smart Heels, a little piece of plastic you slip over your stilettos that afford you protection from the elements (rain, sleet, er, spilled beer, whatever) and allow you to walk over cobblestones and subway grates with total grace. Avoid the dreaded Stiletto Standoff, glide over grass with ease, and never get caught between the cracks of a deck again. I'd file this one under "I wish I'd thought of that!" Check out the demo video here:
Would you guys wear the Smart Heel? How do you manage to avoid such shoe disasters?
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