I recently bought a the Dolce Vita remix of that fabulous YSL pump (I had at one point entertained forking over the hundreds and hundreds of dollars for the real thing so to be able to buy the knock-off for a mere $100 seemed so genius...)
Now, I'm completely obsessed with them but have to yet to wear them. What's the cause of this? Not a disinterest in height and how fabulous it is to tower and teeter about BUT the pump (even with a nice pair of massage-y gel inserts) is really a stand around look pretty kind of shoe - and, to be candid, it's really a stand around for about an hour before sitting for the rest of the day/evening kind of shoe. In my youth I would have endured the pain but I'm an old lady at this point and like walking too much to continue to suffer.
BUT I have found the solution: I have discovered the platform/wedge. HOW how how how how have I lived my life for so long without it??
My current love affair is with a pair of Jeffrey Campbell's I practically live in (I'm even trying to justify them as good shoes for bad winter weather... No? Maybe?)
The actual heel-to-toe difference is probably an inch but the enormous platform gives you legs for days - they're perfect with pants, with leggings, with dresses... Amazing. And the strange metal leather trim gives them that little twist. J'adore.
I am now saving my dollars to invest in a pair from Mini Market from their Spring 2010 collection, is it bad to want both colors? I love the play in color and texture and that they come higher up the ankle. I'm pretty excited about them...
The best part about the platform is that they don't have to be expensive the way a pump really needs to be. I learned both in the YSL/Dolce Vita experience and my New Years in Aldo booties that to be comfortable in a high heel it needs to be made well, that there is, in fact, an art to the pitch (the angle at which the ball of the foot hits the toe of the shoe) and more money buys you more comfort (not to mention better leather versus plastics and acrylics will mean less sweating and thus less swelling). The wedge, however, is fantastic at all price points and my favorite shoes right now are also my most affordable. Look at lines such as Mattiko , Jeffrey Campbell, Dolce Vita, Aldo, or sites such as Urban Outfitters, Top Shop, Pixie Market, LF, and Oak for awesome versions at amazing prices.