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Designer Feature: Kim & Marc of Auri Footwear

It’s the Holy Grail of fashion: a high heeled shoe that’s both fabulous and functional. We lovers of heels regularly sacrifice comfort for style, but thanks to dedicated designers like Kim Dingman and Marc Scepi of Auri Footwear, suffering for shoes may soon be a thing of the past.

Marc studied industrial design at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, then an internship at New Balance led him to the world of footwear. Meanwhile Kim studied footwear design at FIDM in Los Angeles and later launched Jen + Kim – the customizable shoe brand that we discovered last year. The pair bring together ingenuity and creative vision with spectacular results.

The designers say that one of their ultimate ambitions is to “become internationally known for fusing technology with high fashion in footwear.” From the looks of it, it seems they are well on their way!


What was the first high heeled shoe you ever designed?
Marc: They Betty G from our Fall 2011 collection
Kim: The 1940’s from my personal collection at Jen + Kim Shoes.

What’s it like working as a design duo?
We have a good balance. One of us is however more technically oriented (Marc) while the other is more fashion oriented (Kim). We have a mutual level of respect for one another that lets us be open minded and free with our ideas.

How do fashion trends influence your design process?
They are so important, as if you’re off on what will work for the season, the whole collection looks off. You have to be in the lead with trends, not too fast because people then don’t understand your collection, but not too slow because then people think of you as dated.

What do you think about difficult high heels on the runway?
I think, if AURI made them, they’d be super comfortable and the models wouldn’t have to worry about any runway fumbles.

At what age is it appropriate for a girl to start wearing heels?
Kim: 16? I wanted to wear heels the moment I saw a pair but it takes some time to develop balance and there is nothing worse than someone wearing heels who doesn’t know how to walk in them.

If you could have only one pair of heels in your wardrobe, which would they be?
Our Fall Leona. They are honestly the most comfortable pair of pumps I have ever put on and the taupe sand snake is a perfect color for Fall AND Spring.

Find out more about Auri Footwear at aurifootwear.com. Also visit the brand’s Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter.

Fashion Editors Dish on the Most Comfortable Heels

As much as we love high heels, we do admit that some of them can be pretty impossible to wear for any length of time. Thankfully, many brands actually made shoes that are sexy, stylish, AND kind to your feet. But what brands are they?

Like anything else, it will be subjective to your unique feet, but we can all use a few tips from folks who are privy to pretty much any shoe there is on the market. UK’s The Guardian asked a number for fashion editors, store directors, and otherwise fashion mavens which brand of high heels was the most comfortable. There were a number of answers, but several of the ladies named Nicholas Kirkwood (see some of the Spring 2011 collection above). The good news: not all of the picks are expensive!

Jess Cartner-Morley, Guardian fashion editor

“I am going to get thrown off the front row for saying this, but high heels don’t have to be expensive to be comfortable. Yes, there are some hideously painful cheap shoes out there – but I’ve got 4in heels that cost £500 that I can’t walk in, and 4in heels that cost £30 that I wear all the time. Marks & Spencer do incredibly comfortable high heels – and they do half sizes, which is rare on the high street and important because heels need to fit.”

Lorraine Candy, editor-in-chief, Elle

“The easiest and most impressive heels of the moment come from Nicholas Kirkwood. The sculptural look and fierce styling implies they’ll be a devil to keep on all day but they are without doubt the most comfortable of all the new designers. I wore his 6in black suede ankle boots from dusk to dawn at last season’s fashion shows and it’s the first time I haven’t changed to flats during the day.”

Savannah Miller, designer, Twenty8Twelve

“My most comfortable high-heeled shoes are my Nicholas Kirkwoods… And they are very beautiful, too… An anniversary present from my husband!”

Lulu Kennedy, director, Fashion East

“Definitely Nicholas Kirkwood. I’ve danced all night in them, no exaggeration, and they didn’t hurt at all!”

Alexandra Shulman, editor, Vogue

“Unquestionably Manolo Blahnik creates the most comfortable high heels. And they don’t make you look like some extra from Star Wars.”

Caren Downie, buying director, asos.com

“It’s really all about the construction – if the style has a platform or a wedge, it is infinitely more comfy. But if you want a name, it has to be Margiela.”

via The Guardian


Cole Haan + Nike = Comfy High Heels

These might look like your run-o-the-mill run pumps, but they are, in fact, special heels. This pretty pair are actually equipped with hidden Nike Air technology. That’s right – NIKE!

But, no, they are not meant for shooting hoops or running the track. Rather, these pumps come with a patented cushioning technology that meant to make your heels more comfortable for long wear. Nice!

Available at ColeHaan.com, these come in a variety of styles, with prices ranging from around $150 (on sale) to nearly $330.