We really should get out more. Now there’s a new product on the market designed to “protect high heels from damage caused by sidewalk cracks, escalators, curbs, car mats and other abrasive surfaces.”(Seriously; we had no idea this was a problem. Is this one reason SOMEONE in our house buys lots of shoes?) The invention is called Smart Heel, a plastic shield that slips over the high heels of fancy dress shoes to protect them while the wearer is walking. Question: If the shoe needs that, doesn’t that make the shoe kind of a piece of crap? (Again, we’re male, and our shoes last for YEARS.) The wearer is then supposed to remove the Smart Heel protectors upon arrival at the fancy venue. Thankfully, they have a full instructional video at their Web site showing how it’s done. Seems like it would be smarter just to wear sneakers and change when you got there….