Clear shoes have recently been gaining more and more popularity. They have an edgy, modern appearance and can almost give us a science-fiction vibe. The Story booties by Steve Madden are a great example of this new trend. Elegant, simple, and both fierce and feminine at the same time, they are a great way to spice up your Friday night outfit. It’s clear that they are fashionable. But what about their other features? Are they comfortable? Do they provide breathability? Do they run true to size, and are they worth their price? To answer these questions and better evaluate if this pair really is suitable for you, read on as we delve into these features in more detail.
These stilettoes have a simple upper design that has no laces or straps whatsoever. Instead, it only has a zipper
at the heel. The benefit is that they can be slipped on and off easily; it’s low-effort, and you can do it in about half a second. It also fits in with their modern vibe much better than laces or straps would. The downfall, however, is that zipper closures do not render the shoes adjustable in size. If they end up a bit loose, you can’t simply re-tie the laces or tighten the straps. There is less leniency when it comes to fit, and this, combined with their slight sizing inaccuracy (see the ‘Size’ section) will make it difficult to find your perfect size.
Unless you live under a rock (no offense), you’ve probably heard of Steve Madden
. This is a New York based footwear brand that sells high-quality, fashion-forward products for men, women, and children. It first began in 1990 as a modest $1100 investment by a man named Steve Madden. Through the years, he strived to help people express their individuality through style, and did this by constantly innovating and creating. Today, he is considered to be one of America’s most successful shoe designers. His brand has come to represent a lifestyle. In their footwear, we can see inspiration from both rock ‘n’ roll and high-fashion, both chill and edgy—resulting in fashion that is modern and innovative.
It’s common knowledge that high heels just aren’t comfortable
, especially not stilettos that are more than 3 inches tall. The shape of the footwear just doesn’t allow the foot to move naturally when walking, leading to foot fatigue and even pain
. But compared to their fellow 4-inch stilettos, this pair doesn’t rank too bad. Their uppers fully cover the foot, which straps it down and provides stability to an extent. There is also nothing on the uppers that might cause friction against the top of the foot. The toe, however, is pointed and could squish the toes, and the lack of breathability of the synthetics could lead to hot, sweaty feet. Just make sure when and for how long you’re wearing them to avoid getting too uncomfortable.
This model is offered in only two colors. There’s black, which is perfect as a finishing touch to a fierce, bold look; and pink, which is suitable for those with a softer color palette. Both are solid-colored. It’s unfortunate that more options are not offered, because their unique design would go great with more eye-catching colors to make them pop more. However, black and pink give you lots to work with. It doesn’t matter if you’re feeling spicy or sweet, there’s a pair that’ll suit you.
From the long, thin shape of the heel, it’s clear that these are stiletto heels
. The name comes from the stiletto dagger. The heel height of this type of footwear can range from 1 to as tall as 7 inches. This particular pair has 4-inch heels, which is about average for modern stilettos. Though it’s not crazy high, it can still put significant stress on the feet, especially when worn frequently or for long durations of time. Additionally, since there is no platform to counterbalance some of the height and its strain on the foot, it becomes harder to walk, stand, and to overall not be uncomfortable. We would advise you to save this pair as once-a-week, once-a-month, or out-of-the-blue footwear rather than sporting them often.
The uppers, lining, and sole are all made of synthetics. The transparent panels, in particular, are probably made of a type of synthetics called vinyl
, which is used in many clear shoes. There are both pros and cons to synthetics. One one hand, they are vegan, lightweight, and their low price helps to lower the cost of the overall shoe. On the other hand, they may feel cheap and “plasticky,” and they don’t provide much breathability. This last point can be problematic with this pair because of the transparent panels. If the environment in your shoe gets too warm, that might produce an effect of condensation, which won’t look very fashionable nor feel pleasant.
This pair definitely ranks high when it comes to style. It utilizes the transparent upper as a way to spice it up while still retaining a minimalist appearance. It uses material and construction, not color or patterns, to stand out from the crowd. The funky uppers are paired with a thin stiletto heel, a pointy toe, a narrow front view, and an inconspicuous zipper closure at the back. The result is a refreshing style with an edgy and modern vibe, the perfect finishing touch to your outfit to give it a subtle edge.
It is said that this model runs small in size, meaning it has a snugger fit compared to standard shoe measurements. As a result, make sure to order a bit larger than you normally would. Also keep in mind that, because of the pointy toe and narrow front view that makes up their design, they may not be suitable for those with wide feet
. The good thing is that half sizes are offered, making it more likely to find a fit that’s just right, rather finding yourself stuck between two full sizes and having to compromise.
The modern and innovative transparent panels on these stilettos naturally make them look quite luxurious. However, they don’t actually cost as much as they might seem. Their price is about the same as other stilettos by Steve Madden. With that said, they’re still not cheap
, and considering their heel height and lack of comfort, you might not want to wear them too often. If you don’t make the best of them, they can certainly be a pricey investment
. But if you’ve got your eye on this type of modern, transparent high heel, there’s no better deal than the Steve Madden Story.
Because of their simple yet daring style, they have limited versatility. Their minimalist appearance allows them to be worn with both bold and plain outfits. They are a fairly neutral finishing touch that won’t overwhelm the attire. You can pair them with dresses, jeans, and just about anything for a Friday night out. However, they’re safest for casual occasions. In semi-formal occasions, they might be acceptable depending on how you wear them, but informal occasions they are very risky. Their heels are thin and very high—which not only looks informal but is also uncomfortable for work wear—and their transparent uppers are just too edgy for professional environments. In those occasions, opt for a pair that looks more modest, such as kitten heels
or plain stilettos
It’s clear that the Story booties by Steve Madden are highly fashionable. They’ve got trendy transparent panels, a bold pointed toe, and an overall air of modern elegance. But further observation shows that their unique design isn’t the most practical. The synthetic uppers provide minimal breathability, the 4-inch heel can cause foot fatigue, and the size runs small and is not adjustable. It’s true that no stiletto can be comfortable, and indeed, compared to some of their fellow stilettos, these aren’t so bad. If you really love their look and plan to wear them often, they’re a bang for your buck. But be sure to keep in mind all their characteristics so that you can properly determine if they’re the right pair for you.