Yes. I put my shoes on with the straps twisted and didn’t realize it until just now.
Remember that time I was like, “Hey everyone! I’m going to get my heels shortened!”
A day or two after I wrote that post, I diligently took my shoes to Austin Shoe Hospital. A bearded man in an apron greeted me with a smile. I reflected his smile right back as I set my shoes on the counter and explained my hopes and dreams for these shoes. He picked up the shoes and gave them a thorough once over with an expert eye — testing their flexibility, inspecting the heel, noting the materials.
“This heel cannot be shortened.”
I was bummed. But I kept chatting with him to see if I could learn a thing or two about why it wasn’t going to work this time + what it would take to make it work in the future.
Here’s what I learned:
These shoes are, y’know, pretty cheap. The sole is made of plastic, so it’s 100% inflexible. If I had brought in a nicer pair of shoes with a leather sole, he could have shortened the heel about half an inch to an inch depending on how flexible the sole is. And it would have run about $15 per heel.
So it didn’t work out. But … I’m remembering the words of my favorite adopted grandfather + renown conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Benjamin Zander: How fascinating!
Another mistake? How fascinating! Another opportunity to learn something just presented itself.
I’m definitely filing this information away for future use. And hopefully, it’s useful to you too.
In the meantime, I’m still wearing these shoes all the time — they are my favorites after all. It’d be nice if they could have been shortened, but since they can’t, now I’m practicing the art of walking in high heels. It really does get easier with practice.
Plaid Shirt: J.Crew (similar)
Bottoms: Gap (similar)
Bag: Madewell (similar)