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Taking the pain out of high heels

The "Declic" has a three-inch foldaway high heel -- transforming the shoe from a stiletto to a flat in seconds


http://edition.cnn.com/2004/TECH/09/02/ella.kilgour/

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Wow, that's quite an interesting thing.

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I wonder how easily the heels fold under...? I'd be worried one of themwould give out on me mid-step and i'd stumble or something.

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Unsafe at any height! There's not enough arch support for the heel phase, and too much for the flat. It is the universal shoe: painful at all heights.


I predict a rash of Collapsing Heel lawsuits if anyone is so foolish as to bring it into the market.

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I wonder how easily the heels fold under...? I'd be worried one of themwould give out on me mid-step and i'd stumble or something.
I was thinking the same thing...

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We have 'Scholl Party Feet' in england they about 5 and you put them in your shoes. They like gel pads and their quite comfortable.

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WTF! I thought about something like that a long time ago...my idea was different though...something about screwing in the heel, and it would come in 3'' 4'' and 5''

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good idea. however, it needs some work still. once the heel is folded and you are walking on the flat shoe the heel will get used and wont look that great when the heel is back on,... no?!

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it's still sort of ugly. if people are going to be purchasing shoes they should be good looking. although the people would buy thisss type of shoe probably wouldn't care about the asthetics

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what if the heel accidentally folded over while you were walking

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what if the heel accidentally folded over while you were walking
haha sooo good. i would love to see that.

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WOAH that sounds amazing!

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I think it is placed into the shoe deep enough it won't scratch the ground but unless there is a cover for it, it could all sorts of gross things on it. Anyway I find that design wise it's alright.

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Unsafe at any height! There's not enough arch support for the heel phase, and too much for the flat. It is the universal shoe: painful at all heights.


I predict a rash of Collapsing Heel lawsuits if anyone is so foolish as to bring it into the market.
How do you know this from a tiny picture? They've been working on this product for over a year, thy are a member of a UK shoe technology organisation and having worked with Faith myself I know they are very strict on quality control. They would never launch a product that might cause injury, mostly for the reasons you outlined.

It looks like they are still some way off launching it, anyway.

I say, great idea. Bring it on!


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It looks like part of a cafeteria chair, not part of a shoe.

I like Alejandro's idea of modular, removable screw-in heels better. It does sound potentially dangerous to have a folding heel.

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