“My design mission to optimize comfort without compromising design. To realize the mission, I would like to introduce my design philosophe “5 elements of design” that creates unique comfort.”
- Flexible forefoot and soft glove feel are made with Bologna Construction.
- Shock absorbing insole a 4,5mm Energi-sole is placed under det heel to absorb the impack and activate muscles and blodcirculation, and there by reducing tired feet.
- The high heels have been designed to have the impact point close to the centre of the foots heel instead of the back edge of the shoe, to create good balance and comfort. All heels are placed as an island on the outsole because gives a lighter feel and illusion of being even higher than they actually are.
- The width and the way the rounded toe have been shaped make sure your toes are not forced to an unnatural position like a traditional pointy toe shape.
- Covered arch or removable rems, when you fasten the shoe with a rem over the arch your foot stays in place and instead of a tightening grasp between each step the foot can now relax between steps and the toes can focus on a more naturel posture rather than a grasp.
On the development Henriette Øst Hansen says
“This design philosophy has come to life via research from my professional experience as a shoe designer as well as personal experience having problematic feet’s from various old sport injuries. “
The shape of the last will of course also be an important factor regarding the comfort of the shoes, I have made an effort to create well-fitting lasts working with a world renown Italian last-factory.
Each last have been fit tested on at least 6 women of different high and size. Each shoe-style have also been tested, by a woman tester who would wear the test shoe to her work for a period of time to test comfort and overall durability “in the field”.
But even with testing and adjusting there is no possibility to make one shoe that will fit all, therefore we always recommend to try the shoes on a clean carpet (or towel) so you can return the shoes if they don’t fit. (see terms of refund here)
Unique Comfort’s technical description of the “5 elements of design”
Bologna construction, is a product of a purely artisan character, incorporating softness, lightness and flexibility in itself, it has always been synonymous with quality and very high comfort along with a soft glove like feel.
The easiest way to describe the technical difference between the bologna construction and the average type construction is the bin- and in-sole on the bologna construction are both divided in two pieces. The lining and insole is sown together in the forefoot this is visible when you look in the shoes toe area. On an average construction the insole is in one piece glued in and the bin-sole is in one piece. (the bin-sole is the sole between insole and the outsole)
The bologna construction is used in all closed toe shoes by Henriette Øst Hansen.
Insole shock absorption
All of Henriette Øst Hansen’s shoes have a 4,5mm shock absorbing EnergySole™ under the heel.
The EnergySole™ is like a soft cushion it works as a shock absorbent as well activate both big and small muscles in the foot. This activation of the muscles increases blood circulation in the foot and legs, thus strengthening the foot muscles and reduce the feeling of fatigued feet’s.
Where the heel is placed under the foot has great significance for balance, impact and finally forefoot pressure. Walking is a rolling movement. When wearing high heels the foot is forced in almost a reversed position compared to the natural impact position when you walk, however due to the high heel, the heel will still be the first impact point and here the placement, size, height and shape will matter greatly for the comfort of the shoe, the individual persons walking pattern and ability to adapt to the heels will be a factor but roughly you can say that:
- The further to the back edge of the shoe the heel is placed the harder the impact.
- The bigger the distance between forefoot and heel, the more difficult it is to balance. (still it should not be too close to the forefoot that will just create different balance issues, so it is about finding the middle ground.)
- The higher the heel the greater is the pressure on the forefoot.
Based on the above is Henriette Øst Hansen high heels have been designed to have the impact point close to the centre of the foots heel instead of the back edge of the shoe, this help ease the balance and impact.
The stiletto is 8,5cm high and thin enough to be a stiletto but wide enough to give some stability.
The horn shaped heel 8,5cm is very easy to walk in also if you are not used to high heels, the width and placement of the heel/impact point allows a more natural movement.
The mid heel 4,5cm a very easy and comfortable choice
The ballerina 3cm,
All heels are placed as an island on the outsole because gives a lighter feel and illusion of being even higher than they actually are.
The width and the rounded toe have been shaped to make sure your toes are not forced to an unnatural position like a traditional pointy toe shape.
The pointy ballerina, the point of the ballerina was moved from the centre towards the inside, so it now follows the shape of the foot in an asymmetric point.
The toe shape of many shoes is the cause that their owners get bunions and sunken forefeet, that is why I feel very passionate about making toe shapes that will not add to the risk of these conditions.
To understand why having a rem over your arch on an otherwise open pump gives great support, think about how a sneaker sits on the foot, you enter your foot in a sneaker and lightly push your heel back against the heel cap and tighten your lace. You will tighten the lace differently depending on whether you are going for a run, a casual walk or just hanging out at home, but it is the lace there keep your feet in the shoe between steps, while your toes can roam freely.
When you wear an open ballerina or a pump you have no support, the shoe now basically hangs on by the heel- and toe-cap lightly supported by the sides, therefore the toes tighten their grasp between each step to keep the shoes on, the better the shoe fits the lighter the tightening grasp will be, but it will always be there. But when you fasten the shoe with a rem over the arch your foot stays in place and instead of a tightening grasp between each step the foot can now relax between steps and the toes can focus on a more naturel posture rather than the grasp.
Therefore, Henriette Øst Hansen shoes are designed to cover the arch either as part of the design or as a removable rem to give great support at all times.
(The rem is also a great help to keep your feet in place if they are slightly un even in size as many feet are)