Some of us can’t bear more than a couple hours in our heels, while some can wear them all day without wincing all the way home at the end of the day. Why is that? If you’re thinking, “How can the words “heels” and “comfortable” be used in the same sentence… It is possible! There are a few common reasons why heels are suddenly transformed into little torture devices after a few hours.
The first and most common reason is an incorrect fit. Your feet will not thank you for that tiny bit of extra room in this case. That extra space will allow your feet to slip forward or out of the shoe. Consequently, this sometimes causes that horrible “gripping of the thighs or toes” gait. It’s an unfortunate attempt to keep those gorgeous shoes on your feet, but your leg muscles will start to feel the burn after a few hours. A pair of heels that are too tight will have a different, but still negative effect. High heels that are too small tend to rub in all the wrong spots and put pressure on the toes causing painful blisters or swelling. The perfect heel should feel as if it is an extension to your own foot. Even with kitten heels, the fit is always important. No matter what the height of the heel may be. This is possibly the most important thing to remember when picking out the perfect pair of high heels: They must fit as perfectly as they look!
The next factor that should be considered when choosing a comfortable pair of heels is they style of heels. Pumps? Strappy sandals? Ankle boots? If you’re not immediately comfortable wearing and walking in heels, strappy shoes or ankle boots would be your best bet. The straps provide much needed support and eliminate any possibility of your feet slipping out of them. The more open the style of the shoe is, the harder they will be to walk in. Wedges are the best type of shoe to go for if you’re worried about balance. Wedges are a bit more forgiving when it comes to evenly distributing the weight to the whole foot. With most heels, you’ll find that the balls of your feet will start to get sore after a while. It does get easier with more experience and a chance to let the required muscles strengthen up and give you more balance.
When choosing the correct height, it’s important to remember that platforms are your best friend in this department if you’re going up to four inches or more. Having a one inch platform on a four or five inch heel will allow you to have that height without too much pressure on the balls of your feet. Don’t like the look of a platform? There are many shoes to choose from that don’t have an exposed platform. Sometimes they’ll be completely covered or the same color and fabric as the rest of the shoe. Shoes with a thicker heel can help with balance when you want to go with a sky-high heel. There’s a lot of weight put on those tiny points of a heel. By choosing a thicker heel, it will allow a larger area for the weight to be distributed.
Finding a pair of heels that are stylish and comfortable can be a daunting task, but with practice and a bit of searching, it’s possible to find them. Remember that quality does matter when it comes to heels and that learning to walk correctly in them can only be helped by practice. Don’t give up! Style doesn’t have to be painful!