In search of sexual heeling

Highly elevated, almost naked and totally shameless - the foot that's good and ready to party
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Gina, £185: These very beautiful Cinderella-at-the-ball shoes demand a taxi account. They are so delicate that you cannot walk far in them (it would help if the straps were elasticated) but one has to make these sort of sacrifices if one wants to be fashionable. Gina, 189 Sloane Street, London SW1. Inquiries on 0171-235 2932

Office, £54.99: With the buckles and ankle strap, these are a little over the top. The heel is much sturdier than the others selected but the buckles at the front are only for show and do not fasten - so those with narrow feet beware. From Office, 10 South Molton Street, London W1 and 60 Neal Street, London WC2. Inquiries and mail order, 0181-838 4447

Pied A Terre Originals, £79: Disco dolly shoe. You'll need to grip with your toes to keep these shoes on, but they win the seal of approval for their shape and simple elegance. Available from Pied A Terre, 123a High Street, Kensington, London W8; 58 King Street, Manchester; and selected branches nationwide. Inquiries on 0171-491 3857

Gucci, £145: These shoes are to die for. Made of red patent leather, they are very sexy without being sleazy. Available from Gucci at 17-18 Sloane Street, London SW1 and 32-33 Old Bond Street, London W1

Russell & Bromley, £115: Very elegant, beautifully lightweight in powder blue, these are fairy-tale shoes that little girls might dream of. And they are well designed, with an elastic strap at the back to offer some stability. From Russell & Bromley, 24-25 New Bond Street, London W1 and selected branches. Inquiries on 0171-629 6903


Charlie Harrington


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