Kid-Friendly Skyscraper Heels?

Go to Target, or any shopping area for that matter, and you will notice something that has been missing all winter. I’m not talking about Spring decorations, the gardening section or Spring break swimwear. I’m talking about moms wearing skyscraper heels.

Just what are skyscraper heels? So glad you asked! Skyscraper heels are ridiculously high heels that we used to only see on episodes of Sex and the City. Carrie Bradshaw running around Manhattan in 4-inch heels seemed adorable at the time. She was young, single and carefree. It fit her personality and the tone of the show.

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Now imagine Carrie Bradshaw in Target with two toddlers (and perhaps even a baby) in tow dressed in her full evening garb. It seems a bit ridiculous, right?

Although I’m not one to put on makeup and break out the good jewelry to hang out with the kids, I know many moms don’t feel complete without it, and I certainly don’t begrudge them that. There comes a point when you need to be functional in your life, however, and running around in four-inch heels after a four year old makes absolutely no sense.

At least Sarah Jessica Parker has figured out that if you have children, you need to dress the part so you can keep up with them. She hasn’t given up an ounce of style but wears shoes that allows her to walk with her kids and participate.

Last year I recall these skyscraper heels creeping out of the closet around Spring. When I spoke with other moms, we all wondered who on earth were these women who were able to keep up with their children while walking around in these stilts. Should we be impressed? Or should we just roll our eyes? What do you think?


  1. I am super short and you’d think that heels would be my deal. They’re NOT. In the office, yes, all day. With the kids, flats and sneakers are what I rock. Bare feet if I can help it. If we are going out and I need to look (somewhat Carrie-esque) I pull my Bjorn sandals out – little heel, sweet details. Done!

  2. I am a flats & flip flops on the weekend mom, but I have to admit I have been rockin’ some pretty (sky) high heels to work lately and they make me feel fantastic! 🙂

    1. Love the high heels for work and date nights…. but all about the comfy shoes for keeping up with the kiddos!

  3. I try to wear heels to work when I can. I have very high arches and heels are super uncomfortable so that’s only a couple days a week. When I’m home it’s ballet flats, flip flops, or sneakers. Wearing these overly high heels is just another thing I’m “supposed” to be doing that I won’t be doing anytime soon.

    1. I’m so thankful I’m working from home. I do miss the pretty high heels sometimes… and then my boys quickly remind me why I don’t. I’d rather be participating with them 🙂

  4. Judith Kenyon says:

    Well, the other day, just after I dropped my granddaughter off at the babysitter’s house, I saw a woman lying in her driveway with a little boy, about four years old. She was crying. I went over to them and asked if I could help. She said that she had fallen because she was trying to carry her son as well as bags , out to the car. I helped them up and had the child stand and walk a little. The crying did not become piercing screams, so we decided that he was ok to go to his childcare. Guess what she had on her feet! You guessed it! Four inch heels. I suggested that she not wear the heals when carrying the child next time. Maybe I was too blunt, but really, where is the common sense in that!

    1. I think it’s common sense, too, Judith. I gave up on high heels once I became noticeably pregnant. The last thing I wanted to do was topple over! And now that I have two boys… forget about it!

    1. We are definitely made from the same cloth, Christy. I’ve never been a huge high heel fan. I see how pretty they are. And if I wear them for a night out, I’m reminded why I don’t own many pairs 🙂

  5. I love wearing heels! I have missed wearing them the last couple of years (pregnancy, baby, breastfeeding), so now I have some out of storage and back in my closet. I admit to going out with Baby Boy and Hun in heels, just because, but I don’t often wear them if we’re going to be out long. Wearing heels, especially now that I’m a stay-at-home-mother help me to feel feminine, restore some sanity, confidence, and I also feel beautiful. Nonetheless, I don’t wear them on outings with just Baby Boy and I, because of the running and the carrying!! 🙂

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