Mid heel shoes are in. You can keep your statuesque stilettos and bejeweled flats, but mid is the new fashion favorite. It's somewhere between still flattering your legs, adding height and being able to walk. They're wearable, fun and oh-so-very hot. While you may be clinging to your five inch platforms, some of us are more than thrilled, (yours truly is a staggering six feet in height and is currently praising the fashion gods). So drop those shoes, (it's not like you can walk in them anyway) and try one of these mid heels on for size.
The color. Is there anything else I have to say about these fun little slingbacks? With a three inch heel these Christian Louboutin's need a place in your closet—today. It's a patent leather neon coral with a diagonal pointy toe that's perfect for a night out with the girls. Plus you can actually dance in them. That's half the point of going out, isn't it? Christian Louboutin Miss Penniman 70 Patent Leather Slingbacks are available at Net-A-Porter and are priced at $625.
Although you don't need leopard on your mid heels to be fierce, a little of the feline print never hurt anyone. The purple trim on these Brian Atwood calf hair pumps add a flair of the dramatic. Even though they're far from conservative, these two inch heels can take an office basic from drab to fab and still be work appropriate. I'd like to see your five inch leopard strappy sandals do that. Brian Atwood Leopard-print Calf Hair Pumps are available at Neiman Marcus and are priced at $725.
Just because your heel is smaller doesn't mean it needs to be forgotten. These Miu Miu Jewel pumps draw attention with giant crystal embellishments on a chunky silver heel. The two inch suede pumps have square toes and are the definition of day to night shoes. If you want a fashionable classic without the librarian look, snatch these glittery bejeweled shoes up. Miu Miu Jewel Heel Pumps are available at Nordstrom and are priced at $990.
Black, white and gold in one shoe are instant must-haves. These two and a half inch, Nicholas Kirkwood zigzag heels are hand crafted white leather and black suede and pack more of a fashion punch than skyscraping stilettos. These are statement shoes with a pointy toe, chunky gold heel and a pattern that doubles as an optical illusion. It doesn't get any more fashion forward than this. Nicholas Kirkwood Zigzag-print Suede Pumps are available at Net-A-Porter and are priced at $695.
These Valentino studded heels are not for the faint of heart. These two and a half inch gladiator heels are pretty much made for rock stars. The white lizard and vitello napa leather give a soft subtle pattern to offset the metallic gold pyramid studs. You could go to a rock concert and probably get in good with the band—even if you don't you'll look really good trying. Valentino Rockstud Lizard Mid Heel Gladiator Pumps are available for pre-order at Neiman Marcus and are priced at $1,475.
Why aren't these heels made in every color? These perfect three inch Charlotte Olympia pumps are a masterpiece. The mirrored art deco inspired heels give just enough glamour in gold without taking over the whole shoe. Plus with a soft slope and a slightly rounded pointy toe, these are quite literally the perfect pumps. Charlotte Olympia Liz Suede Pumps are available at Net-A-Porter and are priced at $895.
For the best understated high fashion shoes, these Chloé leather sandals are exactly what you need. The three inch, two-tone block heels can pretty much be worn with anything from loud and wild to the most minimalist outfits. The back is entirely black while the front is a buttery nude. With only two straps this simple shoe is going to be your new everyday favorite. Chloe Two-tone Leather Sandals are available at Net-A-Porter and are priced at $625.