What to look for when buying high heels and how to walk in them for a maximum comfort and minimum pain situation…
Let’s face it, we don’t have much more of a love relationship with anyone/thing than we do with high heels. And that’s because
1) They look so dreamy
2) THEY HURT SO MUCH
(All these feelings put wonderfully into words right here).
1. Make sure the shoe fits… “It might seem obvious, but it’s key to remember that the shoe needs to fit your foot and not the other way round”, “If shoes are too big or too small, it makes walking properly that much more difficult.”
2. Look for a balanced heel… “We highly recommend buying stilettos, which distribute your weight evenly across the shoe. Ideally, a woman’s weight should be distributed from the heel to the forefront of the foot.
“If the arch of the shoe isn’t aligned properly, it will result not only in sore feet, but also discomfort for your knees, lower back, and create a poor body posture.
3. Choose styles with a padded sole… If adding insoles yourself “it’s important to buy your shoes a size bigger as inserts often take up space in your heels causing them to be smaller”, We explains.
“Alternatively, you can buy heels where the comforting insoles are integrated inside, which avoids the problem of an insole taking up unexpected space.”
4. “Avoid a wobbly walk by strengthening your ankle muscles” “We recommend an exercise done by dancers, which involves sitting on the floor and spelling out the alphabet with your toes. This will train your ankles, and make you feel more stabilized in a higher heel over time.
“Even a quick foot massage moving your foot in circles clockwise and anti-clock wise can be beneficial for tired feet at work.”
5. Give your toes room to breathe… “I highly recommend open toe heels as much as possible, as they allow your toes to lay in their natural way, without being squeezed on top of each other”.
“If you need a closed pump make sure you buy them big enough and that they are wide enough for your feet, so they are able to lie next to each other comfortably.”
6. Stick to leather… “Synthetic materials don’t allow your feet to breathe, as well as natural fibers and flexible material such as leather,”
7. If your feet aren’t used to heels, start out low and practice, practice, practice… “Put on a low heel and wear them for 15min at home, then increase the practice time over the next days”,
“When the weekend comes and you have to wear heels for a party, take a pair of other shoes with you as well, just in case. Don’t force yourself to wear the heels for the whole night”.
8. Heels may actually be better for you than flats… “Feet are naturally shaped to be raised slightly from the ground (I’m not saying stilettos height here, but smaller heels such as 2.5 to 5 cm)”, “and for some women it can be better to wear a heel then wearing a super flat shoe, which hold no support.
“Flats can cause the arches of the feet to drop and the ligaments and tendons to overstretch, or even tear.”
9. Get the walk right… “Engage your abdominal muscles, keep your shoulders back, and secure long hair behind your shoulders.
“This helps if you have any pain in the balls of your feet to counterbalance your weight back onto the heels and prevent back pain.”
10. Never look down at your feet… Instead focus ahead, as far down the road as you can. “Walk heel to toe, and get in good rhythm”,
11. Be careful with buckles… “A tight strap around a warm, summer foot can cause discomfort”, “If wearing buckles in the summer heat, adjust them throughout the day so your feet can breathe when they get hot, or buy sandals with an elastic band instead of buckles.”
12. People often say that sky high heels are sexier than shorter styles, but there’s no point going for a higher heel if you’re unable to walk in them… “I believe it is also how you walk and hold your posture in a pair of heels that makes you look sexy.”
13. The heel isn’t the only thing to watch out for – you should pay attention to the platform, too. “A heel height that is +12cm high with no platform will put pressure on the ball of your foot up to 86% of your body weight”.
“However, adding in a platform of 3cm will leave the pressure drastically decreased to around 56-65% of your body weight. So, think about a drop in a heel height next time you take down a pair of stilettos from the shelves when shopping.”
14. If you are concerned about your comfort in a high heel “looking for a slightly thicker heel that will make your balance your body posture easier because the really thin heels can but be stressful for your balance and your ankles.”
15. Don’t get blinded by the brand… A label isn’t everything. “Even though you might love a certain brand, if the shoe simply doesn’t fit your foot, then you won’t be able to enjoy them”
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