For now, I've moved on. With a mountain road trip in the near future, I think my shopping efforts are better spent in search of far less glamorous footwear: hiking shoes. But actually, I found a few styles that aren't all that bad. Not that appearance matters as much as comfort and function. But if all qualities - style, comfort, function - can be found in one shoe, how much more worthwhile is that, right?
I keep visualizing myself climbing Pike's Peak or navigating class 5 white water rapids in patent leather, yellow heels. It just wouldn't be practical. And I'd look ridiculous.