But isn’t there more we can do to feel comfortable in the heels we wear? Of course there is! We are the ones choosing what to wear right?! In this blog post we have selected the most important things you need to bear in mind next time you go stiletto shopping. So let’s get into, shall we!
Shop at the end of the day
Shop at the end of the day, because at that time your feet are more likely to be swollen from work and daily activities. By shopping at this time of the day, you will get an idea of how the shoe will fit you at all times of the day. Don’t make the mistake of trying heels in the morning only to regret it when they are too tight for you when your feet are swollen.
‘Shop at the end of the day when your feet are swollen to make sure your heels will always fit nicely’
Select the right size and fit
We all should be aware that different shoe companies have different sizes. With that in mind, unless you have already purchased from this brad, always try a shoe first to see if it is your size, and if it is the right fit. Measure your feet when you buy shoes, because even a few extra kilos can make your shoe size larger.’High-heels should fit snugly and hold the foot firmly in place’ Dr. Surve. Heels which are loose can lead to your foot sliding up and down and you not being able to keep your balance. Not to mention injuries such as bleeding, blisters, and ripped toenails.
Try on and wear the shoes around the store
Put on the heels and see how they feel. If they feel too tight, loose or uncomfortable in any way, it is likely they are not going to get more comfortable over time. For ex, if the back of the shoe is rubbing your heel in the store, you will probably develop a blister wearing them in real life. Also try walking on different surfaces inside the store if possible. Walking on carpets versus walking on harder surface will show you what you can expect in real life.
Practice walking at home before taking your heels out
You can try walking with your new high-heels at home. You can always return them if you have not worn them outside. So put those pretty things when you get back from work for a few hours and put them through a test! But before that remember:
- You’ll notice that heels cause your steps to be shorter; this is normal. The higher the heel, the shorter your steps will be. Don’t try to stride like you would in sneakers.
- When you walk, make sure you keep your heels vertical; do not let them roll to the side. This will lead to the heel slipping and cause you to fall.
Go for leather or suede high-heels
Synthetic leather heels are cheaper and more affordable, but come with a series of setbacks. If you invest in a quality real leather heels your feet will thank you in the long run. High-heels made from leather or suede (or a combination of both) are more supple and will more easily adjust to the feet shape.
Heel placement and thickness
When choosing high-heels check where the heel is placed. If it is too far back the heel will not provide the needed support. The heel should be placed exactly under your own heel. The ticker the heel, the greater the support of your body. Dr. Surve, who is a co-director of the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, notes that it is substantial to comprehend that ‘the slope of the shoe is more important than heel height when it comes to comfort’. When heel shopping, look for platforms that distribute your weight across the entire foot, instead of concentrating it at the ball of the foot or the heel.