Photo Credit: Jess Wysocky
As tall women, we are always in the public eye. On most days, I’m okay with this. When walking in to work amidst the throngs of Northwest DC pedestrians, I queue up a power playlist, put on my headphones, and glide down the street. People get out of the way. People stare. I feel very much like…well, like I’m 6’ 3”! So it is a little humiliating when, with all of K Street’s eyes on me, I take a tumble because of unsupportive footwear or slippery soles. The way down is long for me, and my precious pants and tights already have too many scrapes (and I definitely don’t like to be brought back to those teen years where I tripped time and time again in high school halls, struggling for so long to grow into my spaghetti legs).
Unfortunately, I still haven’t finished adjusting. Some days, if I’m not being assailed from above by way of tree branches, low Metro ceilings, or jettisoning birds (seriously, the birds outside of Whole Foods plummet in tandem from the sky like something out of a scene from Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds”), then I’m being undercut by a rut catching my heel, a wedge unexpectedly rolling, or a slick road simply sliding out beneath me. While I consider myself among the more clumsy of tall women, I recognize this is not a “me” or a “tall” problem. My lovely photographer for this post (a friend in the lower quartile of the five foot range) can hardly make it down a block without some sort of physical calamity. (I do love you, Jess).
RHEA does tall girls and women everywhere a favor by taking into account pavement and the elements when designing their footwear, and the Daphne bootie (as seen here) is a considerate byproduct of anti-slip technology and a truly waterproof leather upper. These boots have great grip in rainy and dry grounds, and are so comfortably made that the insole requires zero breaking in before wearing for real. I happily trotted around all of DC from meeting to meeting in these boots, and I can’t wait to take them on my next trip abroad and on the trails!
To learn more about RHEA’s signature anti-slip tread and singularly impressive moisture and weather-resistant fabrication, be sure to check out founders’ John Lee and Paul Ahn’s story here. The good news is that it’s not just women who can benefit from RHEA’s patented non-slip technology, luxurious waterproof leathers and suedes, and styles ranging from sandals to loafers to ankle boots—the RHEA line offers stylish and functional offerings for men as well, for all seasons and all terrains. Sizes range from a US 5.5-11 for women; 8-13 for men. And now, you can check out a review of the RHEA Classic Boot from one of The Height of Style men’s contributors here.