Today’s reader mail comes from J, who is trying to keep her pants from dragging on the ground during her commute…
As a New Yorker, I walk at least a couple blocks to get to commute to work. As many women do, I usually leave my heels at my desk at work and wear more comfortable shoes to and from work.
The problem is that for my pants to look good with heels, they are too long to wear with the comfy flats/cute sneakers I wear for the commute and drag on the dirty streets. How do women who have to walk for part of their commute deal with this conundrum and not ruin their pants???
First, I would suggest assessing what heel height, in general, you’re comfortable in for work shoes — and having your pants hemmed to that level.
As a reminder: your pant should brush the top of your foot, and no more than an inch or so of heel should be showing in the back. For me, that comes to around 2″, 2.5″ — which, honestly, can usually be worn with commuting shoes that have a decent (thick) sole.
(I just tend to wear our higher heels exclusively with skirts instead — it works out particularly well in the summertime if I’m commuting in flip-flops.)
Honestly, I’ve often found that I could wear a regular flip-flop with full-length pants, and then switch to a very low kitten heel at the office, without there being too many problems. I always commuted in Reef sandals (they have arch support!).
But let’s say your comfort level is close to 4″. In that case, you have a few options.
1) Find a comfortable pair of wedges or other shoe that have a higher heel — they do exist, and you will be able to wear your properly-hemmed pants with the wedges without dragging them through the streets.
For example, the brand Miz Mooz consistently gets good comfort reviews for some of its higher heels (Miz Mooz Women’s Soho Pump, pictured above), or even Skechers makes sneaker-type shoes that have a higher heel.
Stay tuned for a roundup of our favorite wedge heels!
2) Look into the product Zakkerz.com — we’ve only read about them at various fashion blogs, but the theory is that the magnetic doo-dads create a temporary cuff or hem for your pants (picture below).
(As of 2021, Zakkerz doesn’t seem to be in business any more — but some of the products we like for gaping blouses might also help you create a temporary hem…)
Some of the top products to help you fix a gaping blouse include:
The other obvious issue here is when the weather is bad — if there’s rain or snow, it’s highly likely your pant legs are going to get wet, no matter where your hem is. I love my Hunter boots for when it’s raining — I try to wear a skirt on those days, but I will tuck my pants into my boots if I need to). You can see all of our favorite rainboots here…
Readers, how do you deal with the commuting conundrum — how do you keep your pants from dragging on the ground?