Lush lawns, subway grates and cobblestones are all the sworn enemies of high heels.
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But Frankfurt designer Katharina Hermes thinks she can save the stiletto with her novel shoe accessory, called HeelBopps. The colorful twist-on polyurethane heel guards have a concentric star-patterned tread on their D-shaped soles for extra grip. They can be worn with any thin heels starting at 2.5 inches high and up to about a half inch in diameter, offering a widened base that stabilizes walking and dancing.
Hermes, who cut her teeth at Alexander McQueen and Mulberry in London and then created handbag and eyewear designs for Germany’s George Gina & Lucy brand, introduced her creation at Berlin’s Premium trade fair in June; the brand is now in 25 stores in Europe.
HeelBopps are priced at 39 euros, or about $53. Up next are Swarovski Elements-encrusted, metal studded and leather varieties, which will retail for 79 euros ($108) and be considered the line’s Glam Edition.