As an avid reader of all pole related social media I have seen many questions popping up on my facebook feed about Pleaser high heels. Which style to buy, what finish is best, what the sizing is like, whether to go for patent or clear straps, and so on ad infinitum. I figured, because I have amassed a small but impressive collection of Pleaser heels the past 6 months, in a variety of styles, I would review the ones I have whilst addressing some of the most prevalent questions I’ve seen asked.
Pleaser Kiss 208
Heel Height: 6 Inches
Finish: Black With Clear Straps
Verdict: These were my very first pair of Pleaser heels, bought from WearIfUDare. These are a great training shoe. If you are new to wearing high heels or just want something to swing around in at home or in the studio, this style is a good one to start with. I chose the Kiss over the Delight because, although they are the same height, the Delight shoe has a slightly thinner stiletto heel and I wanted to make sure I had as much support as possible.
I found this style to fit true to size, and although the clear plastic straps do stretch a little over time, I am happy with the fit of my usual UK3.
I wanted a classic colour scheme that would go with everything, so I opted for clear straps and a black heel and platform. This looks great, but the one big downside is that the black colour does get rubbed off if you do any type of floor work, slides, tracing and so on. This can be filled in with sharpie or nail polish, but I haven’t had any luck finding something to permanently cover the areas that won’t just rub off again. If you are only using this shoe for training it isn’t exactly a huge deal.
This style of shoe comes in a variety of other finishes including clear and chrome heels, and with diamante.
I would point out that you get used to the 6 inch heel quite quickly if you are using them regularly, and will be VERY eager to upgrade to a taller version. You must be aware that the Pleaser Kiss is a gateway shoe, and once worn you will quickly fall into the hole of pole dance shoe addiction. I would now not even think of wearing a 6 inch shoe to perform in, they look so tiny, but I will talk you through the benefits of the higher shoes as I go through them.
Pleaser Adore 709
Heel Height: 7 Inches
Finish: Silver Chrome With Black Patent Straps
Verdict: These pole heels are an absolute dream to look at. The chrome is sexy as f*ck and the patent straps work brilliantly with black hold ups to give you forever legs. If you aren’t a fan of the clear straps then patent is a great alternative if you still want a shoe that will offer a little grip aid whilst climbing.
I feel very little difference in the heel height between the 6 inch shoe and the 7 inch shoe.
The only issue I have with this shoe is the strap size. Because I have narrow feet the bridge of the heel at the front is not flush against my skin as with the clear straps, meaning that there is much more movement of my foot in the shoe and less stability whilst dancing. As a result I would say this shoe is great for the occasional practice, but best kept as a photo shoot or performance pair. However, this issue can be resolved by sizing down, or using shoe inserts.
Again, the colour on the shoe will rub off. This has not happened to me yet as I haven’t practiced in these heels much, but I’ve met other girls with the chrome style and they have had the same problem as I had with my Pleaser Kiss heels. Whilst I can cover the rubbing on the Pleaser Kiss with black sharpie, I haven’t heard of a good solution for the same issue with the chrome finish, so again this would suggest chrome is best as a performance shoe if you don’t want to deal with the damage from regular training.
This shoe comes in a variety of other finishes, including rhinestones and neon.
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Pleaser Taboo 708
Heel Height: 7.5 Inches
Finish: Clear Heel With Clear Straps
Verdict: These are my favourite pair of Pleaser heels from my collection. Out of all of them they are the best to dance in, they look great, and there are very few ‘snags’ associated with the style and finish.
I bought these in a UK3, and the plastic straps have stretched out a little. Next time I would purchase these in a UK2 personally, because I have tiny feet. However, although the straps can rub a little due to them stretching, this does not affect the comfort or stability of the shoe. These definitely LOOK much taller than they feel to me, and I am just as confident dancing in these as I do in my 6 inch Pleaser Kiss. Because the heel is nice and thick it provides you with good support also.
The finish of the shoe does not get diminished with use because it is clear plastic, and therefore more robust. However, I would point out that it is possible to shatter this style of shoe if you are a particularly aggressive heel clacker.
The style comes in a variety of other finishes including chrome, patent, neon and spiked.
The one thing that is noticeable is that if you do a lot of floor work, tracing and so on, the foot-bed of this particular finish does get grubby because it is white, which is not an issue with the black foot-beds.
Pleaser Motif 809LP
Heel Height: 8 Inches
Finish: Leopard Print Heel With Black Patent Straps
Verdict: These are my newest pair. I had my eye on them for so long, but because they were 8 inches tall and my reservations regarding the patent straps, I held off from getting them until I was 100% comfortable dancing in my 7.5 inch Pleaser Taboo heels first.
I bought these in a size UK2 in the hope that it would resolve the loose patent bridge issue I mentioned with the Pleaser Adore style, AND IT DID! The bridge is snug against my foot, and the shoe fits perfectly (my toes don’t hang over the front, and my heel isn’t over the back of the shoe either). I think from now on I will buy all my Pleaser heels in UK2. If you have narrow feet this might work for you too, so it is definitely something to consider. If you are nervous, make sure you find a shop that offers exchanges for sizes in case you want to size up or down.
This shoe comes in a few other finishes, including some cool tattoo inspired designs, and dollar bills.
You do notice the height difference in these, not just because the heel is taller, but because the heel is thinner than the Please Taboo style, which has a great, solid heel. I think with practice I will quickly get used to them though and they are so damn gorgeous I cannot WAIT to try these out in a competition or performance.
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If you have been wondering what style of Pleaser heels to start with then I hope these reviews have helped you decide which ones to buy. A good beginner’s shoe is definitely the 6 inch Pleaser Kiss heel, but if you are feeling ambitious I cannot recommend the Pleaser Taboo heels enough, they are comfortable, sexy and easy to dance in.
What I Need From YOU…
So, a variety of issues have been raised in these reviews that seem to be common among pole dancers. What I want to know is if you have any clever solutions or fixes for these problems. Make sure you leave your suggestions in the comments, or email them across to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will put them together into a future post.
- How do you deal with the finish rubbing off your shoe? What do you use to hide blemished chrome and patterned heels?
- How do you clean the foot-beds of your shoes?
- What do you do when the patent straps are too loose?
- What do you do if the clear straps are too tight?
- How have you fixed the rubber sole coming away at the front of your Pleasers?
- Have you encountered any other problems? What did you do to resolve them?