Nothing is worse than wearing a really cute pair of pumps and feeling pain from the balls of your feet to, well, everywhere else. Sigh. Scientifically, women were just not designed to wear high heels. I know—I can already hear the gasps from women reading this whose favorite accessory is their Louboutin stilettos. But be warned, high heels are proven to cause long-term back, ankle and knee damage. What’s more is that women who wear high heels every day can have shortened calf muscles by up to 13 percent—which kind of diminishes the “mile-long leg” theory, if you ask me.
So, for those of you who cannot part with your high heels, here is a list of the five most walkable and comfortable high heels in stores today. But keep in mind, regardless of heel size or comfort, it’s best to wear them sparingly since there is long-term damage associated with repetitively wearing high heels.
One of the most uncomfortable things about wearing a pair of pumps is having to dig in with your toes in order to keep the shoes on your feet. An ankle strap will ensure that the shoe stays exactly where it’s supposed to be—on your foot! This strap will also allow you to move more freely and enjoy the stability of a nice pair of high heels.
It’s a no-brainer that thin heels are much less stable than a chunky one. From substantially thick heels to near-wedges, these shoes will give you that height you desire without making you look like a weeble-wobble (you know, Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down). The thick heel will allow you to walk like a model all day long.
It goes without saying that a bootie uses your entire foot as an anchor, rather than relying solely on your toes and your ankles for support. However, with more stability comes stiffer leather, which can be a bit uncomfortable. Therefore, it’s important to find a bootie that gives your toes room to breathe. Trust me, your feet (and toes) will thank you later!
A solid wedge not only provides stability, but it also gives your arches a little bit of extra support too. And ladies, wedges are back in style. Unlike the traditional stiletto, wedges are comfortable and easy to walk in. Even four-inch tall wedges are no problem for long days on your feet—safer too.
A hidden platform means that the pitch doesn’t have to be as steep. Plus, a little toe boost will give you a wee bit of support. Look for shoes that have a hidden platform already built in. This support, in the front of the shoe, will help you last longer throughout the workday or those late nights out with the girls.
Author Byline: Liz Granger is a freelance writer with a passion for designer shoes. As a fashionistas in the making, Liz enjoys writing about great looking and comfortable shoes. She believes nothing is more flattering on a woman than a nice pair of shoes.
High heels are common or even more common than ever, however that doesn’t mean they’ve gotten any more comfortable. Women have all sorts of problems with heels and podiatrists and orthopaedic surgeons often complain about the wearing of them.
If you don’t carefully choose your heeled shoes you may end up with excessive pressure on the plantar surface – in layman’s terms – the soles of the feet. There’s no doubting that this causes problems for the feet and back and even leads to knee pain and an attractive condition known as hammer toes.
However, wearing high heels is a necessity, looks great and can do your confidence a hell of a lot of good. If you are careful to avoid the mistakes they can offer you all of the aforementioned positives and also few or none of the downsides.
If the shoes fits wear it; if the shoes don’t fit don’t wear it. Large shoes will cause your foot to move around in the sole and lead to pain and discomfort. Also be aware of the width of the shoe as this also will make for pain in the longer term.
People often wear heels for years, even decades, however the shape of your foot changes and what once fitted you may not do so forever. These are natural changes due to hormones and soft tissue and you should be aware of these when putting on old shoes.
High heels are often high – no surprise there. This height puts the ball of the foot under pressure and causes problems for the joints. If you must choose high heels, be sure that there is some sole under the front of the shoe. Chunkier heels also relieve some of the pressure. Also, heels positioned further forward in the shoe create more pressure than those positioned at the back and are harder to remain comfortable in.
Coverage and Strap
If the ankle strap is tiny, then you will bear more weight on the front of the foot. This means there is a lot of motion and the shoe will be unsteady when walking. Over a day or so this leads to tired feet and sore toes. Try and choose high heels that offer you a good fit and also offer adequate support. Heeled boots and shoes with thick straps over the arch and ankle are best.
A common fixture on the high heel is a pointy toe. It looks elegant, but it also cramps the space at the front of the shoe and makes it harder to remain stable. It can also cause a problem known as hammer foot. Choose wider, more rounded toes over pointed ones as this can prevent all of the above problems.
Wearing heels is a luxury women can afford, once the shoes are apt for their feet and the occasion at hand.
Author Byline: Cormac Reynolds writes for UK clothing site Lyst, which provides a range of heels to customers the world over.