How Dr. Joan Oloff Creates Uber-Comfortable Heels without Sacrificing Style

By Suzanne Ennis | September 13, 2019 | Style & Beauty

Fashionistas can't get enough of the Los Gatos podiatrist's chic shoes.

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Dr. Joan Oloff in a pair of her own boots.

Putting your best foot forward is tough when your Louboutins are killing you. That’s why many successful, stylish women—including soccer legend Brandi Chastain and TV journalists Gayle King, Dana Bash and Robin Roberts—choose high-tech high heels created by Los Gatos podiatrist Dr. Joan Oloff. The foundation of Joan Oloff Shoes is a patented insole that disperses pressure throughout the foot and also incorporates shock-absorbing Poron material in an innovative hidden platform. The combined effect is comparatively greater stability and less fatigue than you’d experience wearing a traditional high heel—and, says Oloff of her shoes, “the higher you go, the more dramatic they feel.”

The current fall/winter line features top sellers like the Callie kitten heel and midheight Deborah in updated colors and materials, plus on-trend ankle boots and the new Rose 4-inch pump. Supportive flats and sandals are available too. “I’m not telling every woman, ‘Now I want you to wear a 4-inch stiletto,’” Oloff says. But to every stiletto-wearer who values her feet, she insists, “you need to wear my heel.” Doctor’s orders. $285-$390, Bloomingdales, 845 Market St., San Francisco



Photography by: KATHLEEN HARRISON