(Photo courtesy of Camileon Heels)
You know in Mean Girls how Regina tells Gretchen that fetch is never going to be a thing—well, that pretty much sums up how we feel about convertible heels.
So when we heard that niche footwear brand Camileon Heels was reviving its 2007 tech-savvy line of adjustable-heeled shoes, we let out a major sigh of "Why?"
Camileon's limited-edition collection features basic silhouettes in even more basic colors (black, beige, white, navy, red) that in just three-clicks go from a hefty 3" heel to a 1.5" kitten heel. The price ranges from $99 to $129, which is apparently a discount from the shoes' actual value of up to $365.
Check out the video about these "exquisite" and "stylish" shoes:
Sure, on paper the idea behind convertible shoes is brilliant. The world is literally at your feet for you to roam from heels to flats as you please—work to weekend, desk to dusk, car to bar, etc.
But reality check: Nobody actually wants to wear hybrid heels. There. We said it.
Although practical, shoe designers looking to tap the convertible territory fail to remember one simple but extremely important thing—women want pretty shoes.
If we're going to invest in a pair of heels, we want something luxurious, something that feels special. Unless Christian Louboutin is unleashing the next 150 mm red-soled sky-to-floor shoe, this concept just ain't gonna work. Not to mention the technology behind convertible shoes is uber-expensive.
As a solemn reminder, we've rounded up a few other failed attempts at hybrid heels over the years:
Despite the 1980s-sexy-slow-mo-hair-flipping effect these fashionista-friendly pumps had, Day2Night Convertible Heels and its convenient carrying case of snap-on heels didn't take off the ground as expected.
Eco-friendly shoe line Nael Coce had good intentions with this flats-within-heels prototype, but sadly their high-heel efforts fell, um, short.
It took nearly three years and 14 engineers for Tanya Heath to develop her 2-in-1 interchangeable heels. And that wasn't even enough to make her stilettos a shoe-in for best-seller.
What's your take on convertible heels? Would you ever wear them? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below!