sky-high heels, the searing pain at the end of a long night is something we could live without. For every party animal who’s ever doffed her stilts at the risk of stepping into mystery crud, there’s Afterheels, a line of post-shindig ballet flats that are designed to wear like a slipper but are compact enough to fit inside a cigarette-carton-size box. British inventor Michael Stead—now known as Michael Shoomaker to his friends—even commandeered a bunch of old cigarette vending machines to dispense his biodegradable, environmentally friendly shoes. The best part: They cost less than £5 (US$8) per pair.
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