The heels Gwen wears can be purchased from flyingwinxp at ebay.
Here’s also a photo of me in my pair. I have changed the ankle strap from a thicker to thinner version as I prefer it. You will note that my pair has a finished black vinyl strip over the plastic section that sits over the front of the foot, however it is possible to remove this without any problem at all. I prefer it there, however it is obvious that Gwen does not.
There is some consternation as to whether Devious ballet heels are better than the non branded heels sold at Flyinwindxp and Ruby Fashions (among others) through their E-bay stores.
I own both types. I have bought stock from the factory that creates both brands for the little store I had last year. BTW: I can’t sell the excess stock due to regulatory stipulations but I can swap them for other things. If you have something you think you think I might like, or have seen a pair of sandals or pumps with a 6″ heel and no platform that you think I might like and … well, contact me.
These non-branded heels are sometimes branded by certain stores – eg Kassiopeya and Alberto Ballet Heels as their own creations or even touted as being “hand made” by some sellers on the internet right now. There is no difference to the style or manufacturing process from the unbranded models merely a higher price per unit for a sticker to be added to the insole of the shoes.
These non branded versions actually have a better length heel and a better heel position for walking and balance. The Devious heels are tipped to the back of the upper which forces the foot forward into an unnatural position; where the unbranded models sit more in line with the centre of the wearer’s heel.
In the years I have been walking around in these cheaper unbranded models I have found they are less likely to break at the join where the steel heel sits in its plastic heel cup (this is covered by pu or leather and can be seen if you remove it). Devious heels are renowned for breaking at the heel join, or where the heel cup meets the shoe upper.
The toe box is known for crushing and it being all together too large to support the toes.
Even though the notion is these heels are not to be walked in – many people WANT to walk in them. The other notion that most people cannot walk in them (how smug to suggest this anyway) – many people can and simply don’t display their skills on the internet.
I find it is ridiculous to suggest buying a pair of shoes because they are branded and more expensive. The function of the shoe is more important for perambulatory purpose, I would have thought.
It seems that there is a plethora of misinformation out there about ballet heels. I’ve read way too many forum posts about the deficits in the Devious brands of heels over the years which is why I sought other brands to use after encountering many of the same problems.
As it stands I own 11 pair of Devious heels and 13 pair of the unbranded styles and use them all on a regular basis. My experience is that the unbranded models fit better and are better to walk in.
A quick message has come through since I wrote this about the Punitive brand. I have no intention of ever owning a pair of these, as I find them lacking the aesthetic quality I desire in a ballet heel. Price simply doesn’t come into it. If I wanted a pair, I’d own them by now. :-P
Let me know of your experiences with Devious or the unbranded models. I have feedback but am loathe to post it without the permission of the wearers. Anecdotal evidence gives weight to my claims that the unbranded models are better to walk in; but let me know your feelings on the subject.
Devious Knee High Ballet Heels…the first I ever owned. Gone but not forgotten. This is my first outdoor walk in them three days after they arrived.