Flats or Heels?

June Ambrose

June Ambrose and Natalie Joos demonstrating the art of both.

Just like bags or shoes, we gravitate to one side.  All of us love a bloody good shoe and all of us have way too many of them but deep down are you more of a flats or a heels girl?

I would like to say I love heels more but that’s theory.  I know deep down that my British DNA will always turn her head after spotting a killer pair of beat up Dr Martens or vintage boots and do not even get me started on brogues.

A reader once asked: “Why don’t you wear heels anymore?”  That question stuck with me.  I wore them a lot on Where Did U Get That and then the reality of living in the city sunk in.  Fast.   No matter how leg elongating and Instagram like-inducing their powers are,  I am a photographer and running after people with a three pound camera in heels is not sexy.  Photography aside, I probably wouldn’t wear them often anyway, plus it feels increasingly dated to only associate femininity with high heels.  Being comfortable in your own skin, regardless of heel height however, is.

I know a couple of friends who are die hard heels fans.  One going so far to say: “Friends joke that I must have been born in heels.”  Whenever I meet her for lunch, she’s usually in them.

Every once in a while though, it’s a girly itch that needs scratching: special occasions, parties, dinners and drinks I bust them out like a mofo.

Question:  Are you more of a heel or a flats woman?  

Or to put it another way:  Shoe wise are you Carrie Bradshaw or Alexa Chung?  


  1. Jacqueline Clem says:

    Flats, definitely. Boots and oxfords are my favorite. Heels are okay for a special occasion, but for the long haul, I am a flats girl.

  2. Jacqueline Clem says:

    Flats, definitely. Boots and oxfords are my favorite. Heels are okay for a special occasion, but for the long haul, I am a flats girl.

  3. Hannah F says:

    I’m definitely a Bradshaw in theory, but I’m more Chung these days. I work on my feet a lot and I commute from Philly to NYC a lot a lot for work, so sometimes it just isn’t practical to be Carrie everyday! So I’ll say I’m Calexa Chungshaw! I think you are too! Lol

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      OMFG that is brilliant!!!!! Calexa Chungshaw??!!!!!

      • Hannah F says:

        She’s a rare hybrid breed! She loves her heels, but she’s adaptable to the city life and wears her brogues and other flats for her lifestyle- WE ARE Calexa Chungshaw! Lol

  4. Lizbeth says:

    Flats by far

  5. Mol C. Nichols says:

    I prefer flats, more comfortable since I walk to and from work everyday. I prefer not to change shoes when I get to work.

  6. axagrl says:

    I’m my mothers daughter & love heels! But age & experience has led me to a heel height limit & enjoying the wedge heel a bit more. Most of my flats are sandals-I find my large feet look more pronounced in closed flats so I haven’t warmed to them. But am desperately searching for a nice flat I can sport in the city. Ideas Kar???

  7. adub says:

    I prefer comfort. So I’m going with flats….or wedges. 🙂

  8. Lorena Lorena says:

    Depends. Lately I have been gravitating towards flats but when I need power its all about the heels.

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      Funny how heels still have that reputation!

  9. karolinewithington says:

    I suppose mostly flats, heels in theory but where do platform shoes like creepers fall? I guess flats all the way if that’s where they go. I love some extra height without the “heel” 😀

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      I reckon creepers are flats. Heels to me are something that changes the shoe shape

  10. Carla Dani Miranda says:

    Flats all the way. I think heels are sooooo pretty and I love them but I honestly think they are overrated.

    x Carla | http://www.glossyc.com/en

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      awwww. From a practical stand point I get that

  11. TheSuburbExperiment says:

    I love heels like I love art. I covet, I buy, I look at. I rarely wear them but that might be a more practical thing: I have 3 young daughters and I live in Alaska.

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      LOL! I know of women that display their shoes too as art. You’ll eventually live through your daughters when they start getting into heels!!

  12. suki nixon says:

    you do know the technology exists to fabricate dreams and visions.

  13. common princess says:

    I can’t lie-I am a flats girl all the way…but I do wish I was able to wear heels! I do buy them though…and display them nicely in my closet! lol. I must say I did recently try on a pair of manolos (the pair made famous by carrie) and I must say-they felt sooo comfortable to walk in at Harrods…so I could be tempted!


    • Karen Blanchard says:

      I know the Manolos!!! (who doesnt LOL!!). I have always wanted to try a pair on actually. Especially hearing that they are comfortable. God I do miss Carrie

  14. Fashionably Sparkly says:

    I must admit that heels have a secret power to make me feel good but after a few hours I start to blame them for my sore feet and blisters. So when in doubt I always wear flats with a bit of platform. I live in a city where you can go anywhere just by walking so heels are always my second choice!

    Fashionably Sparkly

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