The Ann D's have arrived. In case you missed the previous thread, I finally tracked down my ultimate fantasy footwear after hunting high and low since I first saw them in 2008. I traced back my activity over the last few years and I've had multiple alerts out on these for a very long time.

These shoes are fully awesome. I'm not going to bother posting a picture just yet, because if I were to base this decision on looks alone they'd be a keeper for sure.

I've been wearing them around the house today, practicing my best High Heel Sashay and wondering whether I'm willing to commit to such a tall shoe. For all their towering 4" they're surprisingly comfortable but not great for every day wear. If I keep them, I'd like them to be the workhorses I know they could be, so I'm pondering a few solutions.


UPDATE: I will NOT be altering these shoes. It would be sacrilege. They are good as they are. I may be crazy but I'm not stupid.

The first test drive went well. They were acceptably comfortable over a several hours and they are looking like keepers. Much as I would love to wear these shoes all the time, that's not what they're for. I have plenty of pairs of comfortable shoes and this was never going to be a practical purchase anyway.

They are a trophy which I will enjoy and wear as I would an art piece. With judicious use of inserts and a little practice they will be just fine.


1. Shortening the heel: A google search leads straight back here. Look at my surprised face Standing on the edge of the carpet, I can tell that extra half an inch could make all the difference. I know an excellent cobbler so it shouldn't be a problem.

2. Inserts: I've had life-changing success with Insolia inserts. These work not by cushioning but by shifting the weight backwards onto the heel and taking pressure off the toes. If you've never tried these, I thoroughly recommend them, but I've heard they don't work for everyone.

3. More inserts: I'm thinking another possibility is to rig a little extra padding into the sole of the shoe to reduce the elevation. Given the open design, this should be possible without compromising the fit.

So, what do you think? Have you ever had a pair of heels shortened, and was it a success? Do you have any other tips to make heels more wearable?