Candace founded Protégé because she believed women shouldn’t have to choose between beauty and pain. As an MIT graduate with a decade of experience in product design, Candace never thought she would find herself in the world of fashion. 

But after an especially painful day in heels –when a networking event (d)evolved into a dance party – she came home with blister-covered feet and forefoot numbness. From this point forward, she was determined to take on the challenge of engineering painless high heels.


"Amazing experience with Huda, I'm excited to work with her again! I especially appreciated the amount of time that went into pre-shoot planning to make sure the vibe, color, settings, all aligned with my vision. She prepared a moodboard which made visual communication super streamlined, and the day-of shoot went really well - especially for a first "branded shoot" for Protege! All of the color edits turned out great. Thanks so much for an awesome shoot!."