Blog - Dr. Tammy Gracen BSc. DPM

Shopping For Pump – What I Bought

….drum roll……

I ended up with the BeautiFeel Calla pump. I’ve worn them a few times now and have been completely happy with my purchase.

The take home message from this is to try on a lot of shoes when you’re making a purchase. Ugly shoes are not necessarily comfortable and pretty ones don’t always hurt. Think about what you will be using the shoe for. Will you be standing, walking or just sitting around? For my choice, I was looking for a stable heel, a comfortable toe box, something that my heel didn’t slide out of and of course, something pretty:). I wanted a shoe that was versatile, something I could wear to work (I sit a lot at work) and for an evening out.


Buying Pumps Part 4 A Trip To Nordstroms

Vince Camuto – Jaynita

3” spike heel

Fairly soft leather. Heel grip is adequate. Soft under the ball of foot. Overall a generally good fit and recommended if you like a spike heel. I felt a bit unstable. Fits big.


Ted Baker – Vyixyn

3” spike heel

Ouch! Leather is hard and no grip on heel. Shallow over instep.


Jeffrey Campbell – Cyrille

3 1/2” stacked heel

Too high for me but reasonably comfortable with a bit of heel slippage. Go down a half size!


Ferragamo – Talla

3” spike heel

Hard leather which painfully squeezed my toes. Heel placement is good so that i didn’t feel unstable, but I was dying to get these off!


Chloe – Lauren Pump

2 1/4” block heel

Very shallow. A very soso fit and feel. Very shallow and loose in the instep area.


Prada – Pointy Toe Pump

3 1/2” spike heel

These are beautiful to look at but I found the leather hard and the heel grip poor. Size down 1/2 size.



Michael Kors – Abbi

3” heel

Good heel grip and fairly soft leather but shallow instep and a bit of a squeeze in the toes. Overall, not bad.


Michael Kor – Paloma

4” stacked heel

Generally comfortable but the heel was too high for me and the heel slipped a bit. Quite pretty though.


Lewit – Carita

3 3/4” spike heel

Good support in arch but unstable heel and a real pain to put on…but pretty:)


Halogen – Azaela

3” spike heel

Very pretty and inexpensive. Really good heel grip and very comfortable. This was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.


Pour la Victoire – Cece

                          – Celina

4” stacked heel

Sloppy fit in heel so found myself sliding into the toe box. It was hard to assess whether the toe box would have been comfortable. Both styles have the same upper with slightly different shaped heel. The Celina is pictured below. The Cece has a round heel.



Marc Fisher – Zala

3” block heel

Good, stable heel. Toe box surprisingly comfortable. A bit shallow at instep and wish the heel fit slightly snugger. Size down 1/2 size.



Hispanitas – Connie

2 1/2” block heel

Fairly comfortable and felt stable. A bit too soft in the heel counter.



Paul Green – Nicolette

3 1/2” spike heel

A great fit and surprisingly comfortable despite the heel height. The strap adds security. I generally don’t like the look of velcro straps but you really can’t tell. The only draw back to this shoe is that you wouldn’t want to wear it with stockings. I tried it on both with and without and found I was sliding around a lot with stocking.


Ron White – Cadence

3” spike heel

Really good fit and surprisingly comfortable for this heel height. Canadian designer. Made in Italy.








How To Make Frye Boots More Comfortable

I love Frye boots! They’re sturdy, well made and generally very comfortable…except for at the back of the heel. Frye boots are designed for riding horses, not walking in the mall so there is some slippage in the heel area. This does not apply to all Frye boots, but generally to all of the standard styles. This pistoning up and down of the heel in the boot can lead to chafing, blistering and PAIN!

A simple way to avoid this problem is by using a gel pad. My favourite ones are visco-gel scar management sheets. These are 2 1/2” X 3” sheets of clear silicone gel. I cut these in half and place them on the back of my heel right against the skin in the area of friction. I can just pull on my socks and Frye boot and off I go.

You can use this technique to protect most areas of your feet from friction. If you prefer something with a fabric backing on the outside, you might want to try visco-gel moleskin in the same 2 1/2” X 3” size. Just a final note…save the backing because both of these pads are washable and reusable.

Shopping For Pumps – Again (Part 3)

Pictures taken at Gravity Pope -Vancouver, BC


Made in Spain.
About 2” block heel
Shallow toe box and instep. Does not stay on heel. Nice leather and nice looking shoe.

Zinda – 1800

3” spike heel
Dying just a little bit inside this shoe…ouch!

Audley – Martina 18503

Made in Spain. Designed in Italy. (I e-mailed the company and received this information in Spanish. Hopefully, I have translated correctly!)
2” block heel
Nice heel height, toe and arch coverage. A bit of heel slippage. The crepe sole is comfortable. A bit chunky looking.

Camper – Alright K200487

1” wide kitten heel
Low heel and very comfortable foot bed (removable) but shallow. I found I was sliding at heel and gapping at the instep.

Camper – Kara K200557

2 3/4” block heel.
I felt this shoe should be a lot more comfortable for this level of ugly! These were quite chunky looking and my heel was slipping right out.
Compare prices on Amazon USA
Compare prices on Amazon Canada

 Hispanitas – MH175697

Made in Spain
2” block heel
I loved everything about the fit and heel height. I tried on the 37 which was too big. There was no 36 in the black or I would have likely ended my search and brought this one home!

Michael Kors – Lucy

3” stacked heel
Comfortable foot bed. I was surprised to feel a little squished in what appears to be a nice rounded toe box. The heel fit was quite sloppy so I think the squeeze up front was caused by my foot sliding forward.

Slack London – 16856

1” block heel.
Made in Spain.
I couldn’t last a day in these despite the low heel!

Fluevog – Gracias

1 1/2” hell height.
Ridiculously comfortable, but alas, really weird look:(. The heel height is perfect and I felt very stable. The strap make the fit very secure and the foot bed is comfortable….maybe these would look good with pants??
Compare prices on Amazon USA
Compare prices on Amazon Canada


Coclico – Jung

2 1/2” stacked heel
Made in Spain
Pointy toe with ankle strap
I don’t know why I didn’t expect to like this one, but it was a very pleasant surprise!
You could easily tuck a small arch pad in this one. The heel was stable and I felt very secure in this shoe. This is also a strong contender!
Compare prices on Amazon USA
Compare prices on Amazon Canada


In case you missed it, read my pump reviews while at J Walk Shoes

Shopping For Pump – Next! Part 2

Pictures taken at J walk Shoes – Oakridge Mall, Vancouver

International (Made in Japan)

Reasonably good grip on heel and not too much squeeze in toe box. Nice heel height (1 1/2”).

2” heel. Nice fit and really good for bunions. The fabric over the bunion area gives to allow extra room.

Vaneli Dank Cap Toe Pump

I was not able to find where these shoes are made but they are distributed by Wolff Shoe Co. These also have a nice fit in the heel and toe box. The heel is about 2 1/4” high and the shoe nicely padded. They were just slightly shallow for my high arched foot but would work well for a mild flat foot,

Also available at:


Beautifeel (Made in Israel)

These may be my new favourite brand of pumps! They have an all around good fit and comfortable foot bed. The heels all feel stable.


I love these!! The heel fits snugly. The toe box is adequate. The heel is very stable and measures 2 1/2”. The foot bed is comfortably cushioned. These are definitely my number one contender. These would likely fit well for bunions.

Also available at:

Best available price at Amazon




These were also surprisingly comfortable. The heel height is 2 3/4”, slightly higher than I would normally wear, but they really didn’t feel that high nor did I feel unstable, even with the narrower heel. I didn’t like the fit quite as much as I liked the Calla, but it was still worth considering and a strong second choice. These would probably work well with bunions.

Best available price at Amazon



Fizz Reen (Made in Japan)

This a brand I had never heard of and could find little information on other than it comes from Japan. The heel height was 1 1/2” and was stable the straps were not binding and I felt secure in the shoe. I would have liked slightly more coverage on the sides. These may be a problem for bunions but would be good for a dorsal bunion (bump at the top of the big toe joint.

Custom Orthotics

We also offer quality custom orthotics

Business Hours

Wednesday Closed

Sunday Closed

Contact Info

Dr. Tammy Gracen BSc. DPM
Phone: (604) 734-7331
Fax: (604) 737-1146
#530-943 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E1

Online Foot Pads

Please visit for Quality foot pads shipped anywhere in Canada.
Providing Laser Toe Fungus treatment in the Vancouver Lower Mainland