Traditional heels are so last year. These days, it's all about the high heel sneaker, a shoe that blends style with comfort to see you through almost any occasion. If you want a more comfortable alternative to your stilettos and your wedge booties, a high heeled sneaker could be just the answer. See for yourself with these 10 awesome pair of high heel sneakers available to buy now.
1. Michael Kors - Skyler Stretch-Knit Sock Sneaker
Made from an allover stretch knit fabric, these Skyler Stretch-Knit Sock Sneakers from Michael Kors are about as bang on trend as it's possible to get. The high top silhouette is a classic, of course, but it's given an extra layer of interest in this case thanks to the 2.5-inch patent leather heel. The slip-on style makes pulling them on and off when you're in a rush a breeze, while the breathable lining and flexible sole provide the perfect amount of comfort. Chic yet casual, they'd take pride of place in even the best of wardrobes.
2. Steve Madden - Women's Camden Knit Wedge Sneakers
Steve Madden makes great shoes, unquestionably. With his street sensibilities and his playful sense of style, he's managed to create a footwear collection that every other designer would love to emulate. According to the reviews over at influenster.com, he's doing well on a comfort point of view as well - something that you'll come to appreciate yourself the moment you slip on a pair of his Camden Knit Wedge Sneakers. Not that it's all about the comfort of course. Being Steve Madden, he's managed to take the concept of an ordinary pair of sneakers and turn it into something extraordinary. With a casual but striking look, the sneakers feature a chic textured knit along with angled exposed zipper details for an extra bit of pizzazz. The 2 and three-quarter inch hidden wedge heel, meanwhile, is just the right height to give you a boost without compromising on comfort.
3. Sugar - Glorify Wedge Sneakers
If your shoe collection is looking a bit old and tired, inject some new life into it with a pair of these gorgeous wedge sneakers from Sugar. With their bootie feel, faux suede uppers, and allover print, they're guaranteed to be the star attraction of any outfit you pair them with. Better still, their 2 and three-quarter inch hidden wedge heel will give a nice little boost to your height. The comfort factor comes into play with the memory foam cushioning (guaranteed to keep you comfortable on your feet regardless of how long you're on them), a breathable manmade lining for cool, fresh, odorless feet all day long, and a flexible sole and bottom.
4. Forever 21- Camo Print Low-Top Sneakers
These cheap as chips sneakers from Forever 21 may only cost you around $28, but they've got the look and the feel of a sneaker worth triple that. The cute, animal print uppers are striking enough as it is, but paired with the paint splatted platform heel, they take 'eye-catching' to all-new levels. Other features worth a mention include the mesh inserts for keeping your feet fresh and odor-free from dawn to dusk, a lace-up vamp closure for a secure fit, a back pull tab for easy on and off, and a hidden wedge that will give you a full three inches of extra height. If you don't mind your feet making a big statement, they're definitely worth considering.
5. Matisse - Coconuts By Matisse Lure Sneaker
If you laugh in the face of a 2-inch heel, reach for the skies with these super chic sneakers. With a 4 inch heel and an all-over animal print, they're not for the fainthearted. They are, on the other hand, perfect for anyone looking for a comfortable, easy to wear alternative to high heels.
6. Aldo - Women's Ailanna Wedge Sneaker
This elegant pair of sneakers from Aldo combine first-class good looks with A1 comfort. The hidden wedge heel will add a full 3 inches to your legs, while the classic, understated design will take you just about anywhere your feet will carry you.
7. DV Dolce Vita - Kenley Faux-Fur Wedge Sneaker
If you're not prepared to sacrifice style for comfort, but could ideally do with a bit of both, these stylish high heeled sneakers from DV Dolce Vita could be just what you're looking for. Made in a classic slip-on style (perfect for the days you haven't got time to waste fiddling around with laces), they feature a height boosting 3-inch hidden wedge heel, a durable rubber sole, and a cushioned memory foam insole for comfort. Style comes by way of the cozy-looking faux fur trimming and the super-chic monochrome color scheme. If you want to boost your height but stay comfortable on your feet, they're a great option.
8. Converse - Women's Lift Canvas Low Top Platform Sneaker
If you like the idea of a high heeled sneaker but aren't quite ready to immerse yourself fully in the trend, test out the waters with these super comfortable pair of kicks from Converse. With an allover platform, they'll give you just the right amount of boost without leaving you fearing for your safety.
9. Converse - Chuck Taylor All Star GR82
As www.t3.com writes, 'high-tops are as American as Charlie Brown or the Statue of Liberty'. And who better to get your fix of good old apple pie with than Converse? We've all been a little obsessed with the brand for years, but now we've got another reason to strap a pair of their legendary high-tops to our feet - the Chuck Taylor All Star GR82, a wonderful (if slightly weird) update on the classic silhouette that takes the platform heel to all new heights. But while the heel is big, so's the comfort. The boot-like uppers add an extra layer of durability to the already tough Cordura fabric, making the sneakers more suited to winter than any pair of Converse has the right to be. Other stand out features include the striking laces with a hook-and-loop closure for easy on and off, the embossed hook-and-loop straps for a personalized fit, and, of course, that immense platform sole for added height. Who knew a comfy sneaker could be so fierce?
10. Alexander McQueen - Men's Black Leather Platform Sneakers
Who says women get to have all the fun? If you're a short man who wants to be tall or a tall man who wants to be giant, these platform sneakers from Alexander McQueen are likely to be right up your street. Featuring a contrasting white rubber sole and black leather uppers, a round toe, lace-up front fastening, a chunky, raised platform heel sole, a brand embossed tongue, and the kind of inimitable style you'd expect of McQueen, they may not be the most subtle pair of sneakers in the world, but they're quite possibly one of the most fabulous.
Written by Garrett Parker
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