Biking in Heels: A Do or a Don’t?

By Amy DiLuna
“The Look” on Today
June 23, 2011

Mikael Colville-Andersen /

An amazing trend is emerging this summer — girls, on bicycles, in heels, looking like it’s just the easiest thing in the world.

And before you assume these are the same women who wear stilettos by the pool (there may be overlap), check out these pictures of everyday women, cycling around Copenhagen. It’s become so trendy there, one blogger has even documented the phenomenon.

Mikael Colville-Andersen /

Model Hanneli Mustaparta recently posted pictures of herself taking a high-heeled ride on her blog, gave a handy guide and our own Bobbie Thomas spotted a girl in New York City, wheeling around in her spiky shoes.

In May, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition set a “dress-up challenge” for their annual Bike to Work Day: Bikers were encouraged to get decked out “to the nines” and get on their two-wheelers. 

Leah Shahum, the group’s executive director, not only recognizes the trend, she also supports it — and bikes in heels herself all the time.

“Just standing on Market Street — San Francisco’s main bicycling corridor — during the rush hour, it is common to see many men in suits and women in nice outfits with heels heading downtown to work,” she said. “Biking in heels is actually a lot more comfortable and easy than walking in heels for many of us. I love biking to a meeting in a nice outfit and heels because I ride door-to-door and minimize the amount of time I’m actually walking in shoes that are not the most comfortable. And pedaling my bike in my heels is a breeze.”

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1 Response to Biking in Heels: A Do or a Don’t?

  1. Max says:

    There was a short film “Heels on Wheels” at the SF Bike Film Festival this past year, and the director recently sent me a link to it on Vimeo:

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