'High Heeler' helps prevent klutzy moments

Discreet little attachment from a start-up called SoleMates promises to prevent most stiletto and kitten heels from sinking into grass, falling into grates, or getting stuck in sidewalk cracks.

Shoe news, it turns out, begets more shoe news. After posting a blog on the Goodie 2 Shoes adjustable-heeled shoes earlier Monday, I got word of a product called the SoleMates High Heeler.

It's a discreet little attachment that promises to prevent most stiletto and kitten heels from sinking into the grass or falling in sidewalk cracks.

As anyone who's been there knows, getting your heels stuck in grass, uneven pavement, brick walk crevices, or sewer grates can detract from your stylish strut. Well aware of that peril, heel wearers Rebecca Brown and Monica Murphy, business school classmates at Columbia and colleagues at Goldman Sachs, conceived of the gadget to put other fashionistas on more solid ground.

The flexible attachment hooks onto the base of the heel, increasing the surface area and reducing the pressure on this often narrow segment of shoe. On its way to retailers, SoleMates currently sells the High Heeler for $19.95 online in clear. A black version is in the works.

Heel on grate
ShoeMates High Heeler
Red shoe on grass
ShoeMates High Heeler

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