The man behind the comfy heel is Gordon Thompson. Trained as an architect, Gordon spent a decade developing high powered state of the art footwear for Nike before becoming the creative director of Cole Haan shoes. "In the back of my mind I was thinking, 'Here's a really sort of interesting idea of taking two worlds that traditionally don't go together and ramming them together,'" Gordon says.
By engineering an "air bag" that goes in the fore part and heel of the shoe, Gordon was able to provide a cushion for the feet. And they're cute too! No Aunt Esther shoes here. "This is life changing," Oprah says. "It's not a cure for cancer, but it is a cure for your feet!"