Être sur les talons de quelqu’un

If you read this blog somewhat regularly, you’ll be aware that I have a thing for shoes. The most creative shoe idea I’ve ever come across is from Canadian Tanya Heath. It’s one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” ideas that seem so simple now that someone else has done all the tough work of development – shoes with talons amovible (tahlohn ah-moo-vee-bluh), or removable heels.

Watch the video to see a demonstration of the ingenious system. Buy a leather upper and switch up the heels from 1.5” to 3.5”, or from solid to skinny. The fully interchangeable heels can match the upper or contrast with it. There are 23 uppers and 21 heels on her web site, so just imagine all the possible combinations. Do you want to be practical or glamorous? How about both within a couple of seconds?

How does it work? There’s a button in the heel area of shoe; just press it and swap one heel for another. The 14 engineers, 7-figure investment, and 3½ years Heath has put into the company have ensured that the button can’t be deployed while the wearer is walking. Heath’s inspiration was her own need. A former academic and diplomat, she couldn’t find shoes that allowed her to switch from comfort to glamour, from boardroom to bake sale. Launched in 2011, the Paris-based company sources the beautiful shoes both in France and India. The Sruti Foundation helps women enter the work force, part of Heath’s commitment to ethical production.

Today’s expression, être sur les talons de quelqu’un (etruh sir lay tahlohn duh kelkun), means to be hot on somebody’s heels, as in a pursuit. If you’re in pursuit of this innovative footwear, Heath will ship anywhere in the world. The shoes range in price from €255 to €355 and the heels cost €20 to €45 per pair. How many pairs do you think I’ll need to fully research the brand?

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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One Response to Être sur les talons de quelqu’un

  1. Cliff Gilbert says:

    What? No Saturday morning edition?

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