For women to feel good while on the move.
We design women's heels, wedges + flats to feel more like running shoes with cushioning, flexibility and support built-in. With a contemporary, slightly sporty aesthetic, the shoes are made for women on the move. We work with mid-scale, family-run factories who align with our values of respect: respect for people, respect for quality and respect for the environment. Launched in 2013, the brand was voted ‘People’s Pick for Comfort’ in the shoe industry's leading trade publication, Footwear News. Based in Chicago, IL, the shoes are available internationally at chelseajones.com.
Chelsea Jones was working in investor relations, running between meetings and standing for long periods at conferences, in heels. One day she got home (feet throbbing in pain), saw her running shoes at the front door and thought: what if heels could feel more like running shoes? Growing up as an athlete, she craved all that cushioning, flexibility and support found in athletic shoes. On a mission to change the way heels feel, she started sketching, researching and discussing with other women. As her drawings and plans came together, she couldn't figure out where to get the shoes made. She happened to see an ad for a materials show in Portland, Oregon (the home of athletic shoes) and decided right then to book a trip. Stepping into the show, surrounded by big brands, she took her drawings and determination and went for it. By the end of that day, she had met a footwear agent who connected her with the first factories, which led to starting the first prototypes and eventually shoes. With many, many steps since that day, the best part has been going from drawing, to prototype, to seeing the shoes in action on women's feet. Launched in February 2013 in the USA and Canada, the designs have been tried, tested and tweaked to create what you see today: the look of a high heel, the feel of a running shoe.
Chelsea Jones Co-Founder + Creative Director (wearing the original Skigh Heel in Blue)