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Stylish (Sturdy!) Heels

Q: I love wearing heels to work, but they often get rough and tumbled while walking in the city. Can you recommend some really good, sturdy, and fashionable heels that can take all the stress of city treading?

A: A good heel can be hard to find, especially when you're searching for one that's walkable. These are the key things to keep in mind when looking for the right shoe to pull double duty (function and fashion): a platform and a stacked heel will wear a whole lot easier than a narrow stiletto. The platform adds stability, as does a wider, stacked heel, making it easier to stomp around in — and a whole lot more comfortable, too. For Winter, I'd suggest a great platform bootie that can stand up against the weather, but as we head into Spring and Summer, opt for a wedge, or a cool wood-heeled sandal. For the ultimate safeguard against wear and tear (especially for your pricey investment heels), head to your cobbler and have him resole the bottoms with added protection. These heeled options run the gamut of great office-perfect loafers to a cool on-trend bootie, and a pretty sandal to slip into later on.