Are high heels comfortable?
In short, yes, they can be! But wearing these shoes can pose a few problems. Painful ankles and achy arches are common, yet we wear our favourite heels on a daily basis. Heels take your outfit to the next level, but it's rather annoying to come home with throbbing feet after work or a party. Check out some handy tips below to keep your feet in tip-top condition while you enjoy wearing these footwear staples:
- Wear the right size: When you wear shoes for an extended period of time, your feet can swell. If your shoes feel comfortable at the start of the day, then you're more likely to experience problems later. Afford your feet a little bit of breathing space as the last thing you want are ingrown toenails or bunions.
- Take regular breaks: Whatever footwear you're wearing, being on your feet for long periods will hurt, no matter what. Do yourself (and your feet) a favour by taking rest and breaks throughout the day to relieve the pressure.
- Wear strappy styles: Heels feel more comfortable to walk in when you have a little extra support. Strappy styles, particularly around the ankle, offer that added support whilst walking. Go for styles such as ankle straps, gladiators or T-bar straps.
- Shop your shoes at the end of the day: It's wise to do your shoe shopping at the end of the day. As we mentioned earlier, it's best to try shoes on when your feet are more swollen. This will allow your feet the extra space to feel comfortable for longer.
- Soak your feet afterwards: Soaking your feet in a cold bath can feel wonderful after a long, hard day. Opt for something refreshing like a peppermint soak and then moisturise with a revitalizing foot balm. Trust us – your feet will thank you for it!
How heels should fit
Heels are the perfect finishing touch to any outfit, but wearing them for long periods at a stretch isn't always a walk in the park. Mild aches and pains are common issues associated with high heels but if you take care of the following measures and keep these handy tips in mind, you can continue to wear your favourite pairs without any trouble:
- Get your feet properly measured: It is an essential practice to get your feet measured by a professional, or at the shoe store. If you can’t find measuring tools in the store where you are shopping, ask an employee for assistance. An accurate shoe fitting can improve comfort, flexibility, and appearance.
- Check that your heels fit in the shoes: Slide your feet into the shoes and secure them with any straps or buckles that need to be fastened. If you struggle to fit your heels in or feel excessive pressure on the back of your foot whilst trying them on, then they are likely too small and may cause blistering. If your heels slide in too easily, the shoes are more than likely too big.
- Check the toe area: While you are standing, your toes should be well positioned at the front of the shoe. Your toes should fit snug within the toe box but have space (roughly the size of a thumb) to be able to wriggle around. If the shoes feel too tight and uncomfortable in the toe area, they are likely too small. If your toes are hanging off the front edge of the shoe, or have too much wiggle space, the heels are likely too big.
- Try standing up in the heels: Once you've secured your shoes, stand up and get a feeling of how your shoes fit. Are they pinching your toes? Are your feet sticking out of the shoe in any place? If you feel any discomfort before you walk in them, you can safely assume that the size needs reassessing. A mirror is a very good ally in this situation.
- Walk around the place: You can’t fully know how the shoes fit until you try walking in them. Make sure both the shoes are tightened the same and walk up and down the aisles of the store (or in your home if you've bought them on Lesara!). Check the heel, toes and sides as you walk around. Usually, you'll spot problem areas, if there are any, when you start moving around.
Can high heels be lowered?
As a general rule, you should avoid manipulating your heels yourself, unless you are an expert craftsman. Not only could you get an uneven heel, it could cause serious damage to your ankles if you twist them as a result. But if your shoes are just too cute to replace, find a reputable shoemaker and ask if the heel can be adjusted.
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