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Heel-less shoes & the magic number

The first time I tried on heel-less shoes, I thought I was going to land flat on my face. I almost did, but it was just my imagination playing tricks on me – a bit like a weird version of vertigo.

It was a surreal experience to say the least, but one that made me think about their design.

These days, we’re so used to high heels that we don’t stop to admire the logistics of it. Until we see something like this….

Giuseppe Zanotti’s spectacular heel-less creation

The heel-less shoe is possible due to a mix of engineering and human dynamics.  When wearing heels, the vast majority of your weight is carried by the front of your foot. So, as long as you have enough contact with the ground to support that, the theory says you should be fine.

The magic number….. 2.5cm (or 1 inch). Even if the shoe doesn’t have a heel, so long as it touches the ground around 2.5cm in from the back of your heel, the whole equation should work. If its any less than that, best to just sit down and look glamorous.

Daphne Guinness – the doyenne of heel-less shoes.  Lover of watermelon.

Daphne Guinness – the doyenne of heel-less shoes. Lover of watermelon.
Photographer: Nick Haymes

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