My Secret Weapon: Cole Haan Shoes

Being 4’11”, heels are very handy at improving my ability to interact with society on a more level playing field. Things like ordering a beer is made easier when I can see over the bar, and I find I get nearly tramped in crowded areas less when I’m a more visible 5’2″ in a pair of 3 inch heels. Not to mention the awesome ability of heels to lengthen the leg line, straighten posture, and polish off an outfit. I suppose what I’m getting at here is I love wearing heels…and the more often I can wear them, the better.  

Of course, this “all heels, all the time” mentality is often hindered by pinching, rubbing, blisters and other unfortunate side effects of wearing high heels. This is why I am going to let you in on my secret weapon…Cole Haan shoes with Nike Air technology.

Cole Haan was purchased by Nike in 1988, and they have since infused Nike Air technology into the foot bed of a special collection of their shoes. Make sure the shoes say “with Nike Air” to ensure you get the most comfy shoes in their arsenal.

Cole Haan Carma Air Almond Pump, $278, This color is surprisingly a great neutral and compliments lots of other colors.

I call these shoes my “shopping shoes”…because I can roam the mall all day in them and feel great! Basically, these are shoes I can wear all day, everyday, without day dreaming about the moment I get to kick them off at the end of the day. For a person who is greatly benefited by the usage of high heels, these shoes allow me to wear them all day and be completely comfortable.  

Cole Haan makes shoes down to a size 4, but not all their styles make it down to that size, so unfortunately, the size 5 and above girls will benefit most from this brand. However, I tend to run on the small side of size 5, and the Cole Haan open toed size 5 shoes fit perfectly. The closed toed shoes, I can go up to a size 5.5, so if you’re a 4.5, you can probably fit into a closed toed size 5 Cole Haan shoe.  

Both the options below come in as small as a size 4.

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  1. says: Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing your secret!! I had been thinking about shoes today, wondering which brands will actually fit. Next time I see a size 5 Cole Haan, I'm definitely going to try them on. :)


  2. says: Amanda

    Big fan of heels!!! I've noticed some short women like to wear flats inorder to spotlight their petiteness…nothing wrong with that, I however love to add some length to my squatty legs! Thanks for the great secret. I will have to try them out!

  3. says: Alterations Needed

    Definitely give them a shot. My cobbler currently has my favorite pair of wine colored peep toe Cole Haans and I'm going through withdrawl! I hope they're all fixed up soon!

  4. says: Megan

    I bought a pair of wine red peep toes so I think we are shoe twins! I could only get them in narrow and they pinch my toes something shocking (great in the heel though!) so they are at the cobbler being stretched for width right now!

    I called today to "check on" my new shoes and the cobbler thought I was ridiculous!

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