This topic must be addressed. The world is not always fair, as we have especially seen in recent days. Months. While most take easily to heels and the rest grin and bear it, there are some, sadly, that are unable to squeeze their pedes into a sexy pair of Manolo Blahnik stilettos. Thankfully however, there are many True Fashionista options that get you pretty close to that sexy, confident-yet-careful style exuded by those who defy gravity on a regular basis.

If you hold that glimmer of hope that at some point those Jimmy Choos will be YOURS, starting with block or chunky heels is a good idea, recommends Desiree Stimpert for Liveaboutdotcom. Keep heel height to no more than a solid 2.5 inches and as tempting as it may be, no pointy toes. That said, a wedge heel makes a great choice. Check to make sure the heel is as wide as the shoe upper for solid support. If it becomes more narrow toward the middle of the shoe, it will be uncomfortable, says Stimpert. Many sexy versions of the wedge are out there, like Rene Caovilla’s beaded wonders, Aquazzura’s minimalist sandal wedges with see-through illusion straps or Guiseppe Zanotti’s leopard vinyl espadrille wedges. Valentino Garavani even weights in with waycool Rockstud Double Espadrille wedge sandals. Vionic wedge booties are also a winner, given that they are designed by a team of podiatrists. Featuring a 1.8 inch block heel and cushioned footbed, they also come in both wide and regular size options for super comfortable all-day coolness.  

If the wedge has by now become your True Fashionista BFF, a good pair of wedge booties will work for your fall wardrobe, says Abby Kass for BuzzFeed. Now that the temps are cooling off, boots are the perfect fall fashion and wedge booties like those from Spring Step or Blondo come in several colors and will hold up for a stroll in the fresh air or a socially-distanced night on the town. For all day support, Softwalk booties feature both heel and arch inserts for extra cushioning and all-day support. Wear ‘em with skirts, dresses, leggings, you name it.

Now that you’ve got your wedge on, consider adding kitten heels to your collection. These adorable mini-stilettos are extremely wearable and comfortable without adding six inches of teetering death-defying height to your day. Even Christian Louboutin has designed a pair WITH his signature red soles, the Spika Queen 55mm pumps.  Miu Miu’s jeweled glitter slingback pumps have an adorable wider base on their kitten heel. Show ‘em off with a pencil skirt or jeans, dress up or dress down; these heels just work.

If none of the above is an option, flat boots are a True Fashionista suggestion. Go for simple, classic versions in either brown or black that fall just below the knee for optimal use with jeans and pants, while knee-high boots add versatility for pairing with dresses, skirts, jeans or leggings. Stuart Weitzman’s 50/50 Leather Gabardine over-the-knee boots will flatter your favorite dress and Gucci is always a go-to because hey, Gucci. The nineties show themselves once again in this category with Aquazzura’s combat lace-up knee-high boots and Saint Laurent’s patent leather ankle-high lace-ups.

Flats are always a viable choice as well and classy versions do exist! Go for Salvatore Ferragamo’s Viva Bow Pointed-toe ballet flats for simple yet sexy feel. Get your leopard print flats on with a pair of Roger Vivier Gommettine Ball flats. You even have the option for pointy-toe action with none other than Jimmy Choo, who gives low or no heel lovers’ his Love Patent ballet flats, and surprise surprise even Christian Louboutin has your back with his La Massine style black flats. Yes, the sole is red!

As we’ve discovered, there is life after stilettos, Carrie Bradshaw. Find some awesome choices in the always updated collection at True Fashionistas in-store or online, and rock those flats with pride!