BCBGeneration Heidi Review

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BCBGeneration is a lifestyle brand that aims to stay on top of the fashion game, bringing women more than just the latest trends, but also strives to bring them footwear that is bold, sophisticated, and fresh. They do a pretty good job at keeping up with this goal, bringing women all over the globe fantastic looking footwear that they love.

The Heidi’s have a classic look to them then do not really go out of style. They have a four-inch stiletto heel and a pointed toe. The slip-on pumps come in a plethora of different colors and materials, giving you many different looks you can choose from. The biggest downfall with them, however, is that they are utterly uncomfortable. They are lacking any kind of underfoot padding and therefore have no arch support to speak of. Customers have suggested that if you are going for looks, then these are amazing, but if it is comfort that you want then you should look somewhere else.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Huge variety of color options

4-inch stiletto heel

Sexy style

Versatile design

Great durability

Cons

Uncomfortable

No arch support

Feels a bit stiff

Runs too small

Slightly too narrow

Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Heidi's is made out of a man-made, synthetic rubber compound that is designed to be durable so you will not have to think about them wearing down too quickly while you're out and about. Unfortunately, there are a few customers who reviewed that the shoes are a bit slippery when walking on a lot of surfaces, so you should definitely use caution when wearing the heels, you do not want to slip and fall because they shoes could not keep you upright.
Heel

Heel

The BCBGeneration Heidi's have a four-inch stiletto heel, making them perfect for those who enjoy wearing high heels. Customers like the height of them, some stating that it makes their legs look lovely and they like what they do to their overall appearance. Keep in mind that the four-inch height is based on a size 8.5 and will vary depending on the size of pumps you purchase. The thin heel is wrapped in the same materials as the upper, giving them a consistent look all the way around that most customers can appreciate.

The slim heel can sometimes make you feel a little wobbly on your feet, so if you are uncomfortable wearing heels this high or if you are looking for a bit of stability in general, you can always choose to pair them with some clear heel stoppers. These are especially nice if you're going to be attending an outdoor event, such as a wedding, as they are going to help keep you from sinking down into the grass. It gives you a little wider base than the thin one provided by the heel so it can stop you from sinking or getting stuck in cracks or grates, reducing your risk of falling and aiding in keeping your balance throughout the night. You just snap them onto the bottoms of your heels are you're good to go. They are clear and barely noticeable so they won't take away from the fantastic looking heel.
Midsole

Midsole

These heels don't really have much to offer in the way of a midsole. They have a footbed that is covered in a man-made lining to give you a soft underfoot experience, but as for cushioning, they are sorely lacking. There is not any kind of underfoot padding in the pumps which upsets many consumers.
Uppers

Uppers

The uppers of the pumps are made out of different materials depending on the color you choose to go with. They are either going to be made leather or other fabrics; either way, they are designed to be tough and look great. They will hug your feet snuggly and provide a pleasantly comfortable in-shoe experience. They have a slip-on design with a pointed toe to give you a classic look that will fit in at a plethora of events.

The shoes also feature a synthetic lining inside the uppers, giving you a soft feeling against your skin to help prevent any uncomfortable rubbing and chafing that you could experience. The lining is also highly breathable, allowing the pumps to be well-ventilated. This is ideal, especially on warm days or if you're going out dancing since it will help keep you cool and prevent your feet from overheating throughout the day or night. The air can smoothly flow into the shoes and circulate your feet, refreshing them. It will also aid in preventing foot sweat which can cause odor after a while.
Comfort

Comfort

It can be expected when looking at four-inch heels that they are not going to be the most comfortable things to walk in, and that is what you'll experience with the BCBGeneration Heidi's. One of the biggest customer complaints about these pumps is just how uncomfortable they are, even for a heel of this height. If you're searching for a pair of cute slip-on to wear for a night out dancing, or if you're going to be on your feet a lot in general, then these are not going to be the best option for you. There is barely any padding in the midsole, so there is virtually no comfort underfoot. Some reviewers recommend purchasing some gel inserts to place under the balls of your feet to give you some padding there. Once they are set, it makes them much more bearable to walk in.

Another complaint that customers have about the shoes is that they are hurt their toes. They have a pointed toe design and as such can tend to squish and pinch your toes. Even though they are not overly snug at the forefront of the heels, they can still cause some pain and discomfort.

Customers do suggest that they need to be broken in and after you wear them a couple of times they get more comfortable to walk in and feel better on your feet, but that will not change the lack of padding underfoot, just loosen up the stiff upper and makes them a little more flexible.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Flexibility is crucial to the overall comfort level of your footwear. You want to try to make sure that when you're walking, you have the freedom to move your feet as naturally as possible. Unfortunately, customers have stated that the BCBGeneration Heidi's are stiff right out of the box and do not have a whole lot of flex or bend to them. They do loosen up a bit after a break in period, but right out of the box they won't give you what you need.
Durability

Durability

When you're looking at a nice looking pair of shoes with a high price tag, you are going to hope that they are going to last you more than just one or two events. You'll want to ensure that you're getting your money's worth out them. For the many flaws these pumps have, durability is not one of them. Consumers do not seem to have any issues with the longevity of the shoes. The materials of the uppers (whether the leather or the fabric) are sturdy and will not rip or tear easily, and the construction of the heel is well done and will not snap without a lot of pressure. Overall, they will stay together reasonably well.
Style

Style

Customers can appreciate the style of the BCBGeneration Heidi pumps. Some reviewers said that they are cute and sexy, giving you a very versatile look that can be worn with just about anything, no matter where you're going. Heading to the office? No problem. Going out for a date with someone special? Absolutely. Shopping with the girls? They'll fit right in. They have a classic look that goes great with anything.

They are available in a plethora of colors, so you're sure to find something that calls out to you. They are available in black lace, black leather, black patents, blue crackle, blush smooth Nappa, scarlet patent, shell patent, silver crackle, platinum crackle, shell leather, hot pink suede, black matte lizard, blush patent, blush snake patents, iridescent gold, brown multi (leopard print), silver, anthracite crinkle, aubergine, or scarlet leather. It doesn't matter what color you choose; you'll look great in them.

There are some discrepancies, however, that some customers mentioned and are worth noting. The shell color seems to look more like a blush, and the images can be a bit misleading. Additionally, some of the pairs have a lot more visible textures than what can be seen from the pictures.
Fit

Fit

Finding that perfect fitting pair of shoes can be hard. Of course, there are sizing charts online that can aid you in figuring out what size to get, but looking at those are not always accurate. Unfortunately, when it comes to the Heidi's the sizing is a bit inconsistent and therefore these online aides can't help you too much. Customers have stated that the shoes are running a bit small and narrow and would recommend going up about a half to full size to ensure you have enough room in your shoes. It has also been suggested that since they have a pointed toe design that, if you have wide feet, then you should upsize to ensure you have enough toe room.
Support

Support

The BCBGeneration Heidi's are unfortunately lacking in the support department, much to the dismay of many customers. The lack of cushioning in the midsole means that there is no padding under the arches to give you that support that many consumers need. You can always insert gel pads in them to provide you with more cushioning under your arches, but right out of the box they aren't going to do much for you.

Additionally, since they are a bit on the stiff side before they are broken in, you can sometimes have some problems staying in your shoe. They do fit snugly around your toes, but since they don't always bend with your feet when you step your heel can come right up out of your shoes if you aren't careful. After a while, this doesn't become too much of a problem anymore, but it is worth mentioning.
Stability

Stability

The BCBGeneration Heidi's have a four-inch stiletto heel on them, and they might not be the easiest to walk in. If you aren't used to wearing something this high, then you might not be comfortable walking around all day in these. If you'd feel more comfortable with a slightly broader base, then you can always add some clear heel protectors to them, giving you more stable support to walk on.
Weight

Weight

The BCBGeneration Heidi pumps have a pretty decent weight on them, not coming in too heavy. They aren't the lightest of their kind, but customers can still experience a weightless feel with them. Coming in at only 8 ounces for a size 8.5 wide, they are even considered to be a lightweight pair of heels. It should be noted that this weight is for just one shoe and not for the pair and will vary depending on size.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you want a sexy looking pair of pumps to wear and don't mind some discomfort, then you can consider the BCBGeneration Heide's. Customers have commented that they can be extremely uncomfortable, especially since they lack a padded footbed. One thing that consumers can agree on, however, is that they look great. Coming in a vast variety of colors and materials, there is something out there for just about everyone. The versatile look will make them an excellent pair for just about any occasion and any outfit. They have a moderate to high price tag, but no durability problems so they make a reasonably good investment. If you aren't going to be doing a lot of walking or dancing and want something to wear mainly for aesthetic purposes and don't mind the discomfort, then the BCBGeneration Heidi pumps might be the perfect option for you.