Store Guide: Tanya Heath Paris, the chic footwear label that lets you switch heels
Canadian expat Tanya Heath has brought her eponymous footwear label to Yorkville, two years after launching her first boutique in Paris. When Heath realized she was spending her days wearing shoes that didn’t jive with her busy lifestyle, the designer (along with a team of fourteen engineers) spent four years developing a line of stylish shoes with removable, interchangeable heels. Now, women can purchase a single pair of quality leather shoes, and, depending on the occasion, pair them with either a comfortable low heel, a chunky mid-height heel or a tall stiletto (heights range from 4.5 to 8.5 centimetres).
The lineup changes seasonally, but the boutique currently carries simple pumps, fall-appropriate booties and knee-high boots—most of which come in neutral shades like black, tan and burgundy. (The heels, however, are much funkier, and include bright hues and graphic patterns.) Shoes range in price from $600 to $1,000 (not including a heel). This may seem steep, but when you can effectively get a whole new look just by buying another set of heels (which start at $45), the proposition becomes much more appealing. All heels are handcrafted at the brand’s atelier in Paris, and styles are constantly being refreshed.