High heeled are very popular among women, however those who wear it regularly experience foot, back or knee problems and would wonder why they can’t wear the stylish shoe they want comfortably. The might be because they do not choose the right pair of heels based on their feet and body structure.
Recent studies shows that if high heels are not chosen appropriately, they can create excess pressure on the planter surface or sole of the feet thereby causing foot pain, stress to the foot joints as well as painful calluses. The higher the heel, the more likelihood that muscle imbalance would occur while working with heel which would stress the leg and foot muscles. These imbalances can result to heel pain, knee pain and hammer toes.
Sometimes people would come across a great-looking pair of heels but would be scared about the adverse effect. This is the main reason why it is crucial to know the right steps to choose beautiful and comfortable high heels.
Choosing the right heel for your feet
High heeled is one of the key element in woman’s fashion and to some extent, it symbolizes fashion. Only few women wear heels for special occasion, for example, wearing them to work, attending formal ceremonies or parties, or for an important interview. So as to find a comfortable pair of heels for your feet, here are some advices to follow:
- Give yourselves more time to get familiar with your feet.
Before you select or purchase your heels, you should know the exact shape of your feet. E.g. you have to know if you have a wide feet or tarsoptosia problem. Make sure you choose the one that fit you, this is because you might think there is no much difference between two different sizes (for instance ,size 6 and 7) and you can choose anyone whereas this can pose a big problem because it will either be too big or too small. Ensure you consider this before buying heels.
- Be aware of the information of the shoes.
Generally, the thicker the heel, the rounder the toe cap and such high heel would be very comfortable to wear. Additionally, high-heeled shoes which are made of leather like cowhide, calf, pigskin and sheepskin are softer and flexible than those made with artificial leather. For beginners that are wearing high-heeled shoes, it is better not to choose cusp heels because this kind of shoe may cause harm to the big toe easily. The foot is the second heart of human body once the toe is affected by narrow toe cap, the circulation of blood which would affect the health status of the body.Whenever women choose the right heel, they always appear charming and pretty than those with casual shoes. However, these heels can add pressure to the legs, knees and backs if they are not chosen appropriately and this is the main reason why the right heel should be chosen for your feet.
Choosing The Right Heel That Suit Your Body Type
It is also important to choose high heel according to the shape of the body because we are of different shapes and sizes. Some people have lanky legs, arms and a slender body while some do not. However a perfect pair of heel can do the magic. It will easily add to your height without stress.
For those that have short legs, ankle strap is not meant for them because they will look less flattering. There is need for them to avoid T-strap heels because such can make them look wider than they are. The right choice for them is open-toed heel or nude high heels because these ones will make the leg look longer and lean. Apart from that, pointed-toed shoes give the illustration of extra height.
Thick Ankles and Calves
If you are the type that has calves and ankles that are slightly chunkier, you need to avoid ankle straps, calf-length as well as ankle boots. Instead they should put on boots and also go for slimming full-length boot which ends below the knee. Long pull-on boots that are tight around the ankle will give the body a great shape.
Wedge likewise balance thick ankles and calves, and are flattering to the leg. Platform heels are best for ladies with big ankles and thick legs because this will give them balance. Open toes give the appearance of length and this shoe style is very good and also fit for various body types.
Pointed toed high heels would be uncomfortable and painful for people with wide feet because it’s narrow up front. However choosing a T-strap shoe would be perfect for them because they are usually wider at the front. Apart from that, round-toed heel is also a good option and the amazing thing about these kinds of heels is the vintage feel which will make your feet look smaller than they are.
Petite woman should avoid heels that are too heavy such as chunky heels and platform shoes. They may be too overwhelming for your tiny frame. However going for stilettos is a good decision because they are flattering for short frames; wedges are likewise suitable for the petite.
They can likewise wear Peep-toe pumps because they will increase their height without making them seem bottom heavy.
High heeled come in different types. The heel that you settle for can determine the overall look of the shoe and comfort when wearing or walking in your shoes. Considering that high heeled shoes are said to add to the gracefulness of a woman’s walking style, many women love them compared to flats. Luckily the heels can be high, mid or low so you are able to choose a length that you can comfortably walk in and match with your outfit too.
Pumps: They are simply known as high heels. They are wider standing between 2 and 3 inches in height. The heels have a low cut around the front.
- Kitten heels: They are stylish and low, making them ideal for work events and even parties. They are the best when you are looking for comfort and fashion without the need for extra height. Their low nature makes them suitable for all day wearing.Sling back heels: The sling back heels have a strap that goes around the Achilles heel back, unlike the ankle strap heels. They offer a more elegant look and at the same time stabilize the shoe and movement.
Platform: These heels can be short or tall. What makes them unique is the part under the sole that tends to be thicker. Most women attest to the fact that the higher versions are more comfortable because of the reduced height differential between the front and back of the feet.
Chunky heels: They are heels that have a wider base usually square in shape. They can be short or medium in high and are loved because of the stability they offer compared to stilettos and traditional high heels.
Stilettos: They are the highest high heels you can find and can go as high as 8 inches. They can be challenging to walk in depending on the height selected, but they offer a leg lengthening effect and are found to be very sexy.
Ankle strap heels: They are ever in style and have a strap that runs around the ankle, making them very comfortable and secure to walk in.
Wedge: You can find wedge heels or wedge sandals. The heels are flush like any other high heel and they generally do not have any separation between the sole and heel. Wedge sandals will have a sandal upper that is more open. Wedges are very comfortable and stylish.
Cone heels: The heels come with a sole that is wider with a narrower base forming a cone shape.
Espadrille. These heels are a new sensation on the fashion scene. The heels come with a fabric upper and the soles are made from plaited fiber. They are like a pair of traditional flats but you can find them in wedge or heel base as well.
What kind of foot do you have?
Take a look at the shape of your foot, is your big toe the longest of all? Is it longer than the second toe? Meaning, is your second toe the longest? If so that means you have the ‘Greek’ type of foot. Alternatively, if your first toe, second and sometimes the third one are of the same length, your foot is ‘square’ type. Whether you like it or not, you have to consider the shape of your foot when choosing heels so that you won’t stress your foot.
How healthy are your feet?
Do you have any hardened skin calluses? Is your toes bent? Can you observe any changes in skin color? If you have some of these problems, they are mostly caused by ill-fitting shoes that put too much pressure on your feet, or rub against them. In this case make sure you choose heels that are not too tight so that you would not compound the problem.
Good shoes should be comfortable to wear
A shoe has three sections-the front, middle, and the back, in the front part, all your five toes need to be able to move freely, so there has to be adequate space. However, if the front is too small, your toes will become bent. This is called a hammer toe, with side pressure causing bunions. While it is crucial to have free space in the front, the middle section has to support the foot. Good arch support is very necessary and this should be adjustable. In the back section, we have the heel. The heel should not be too high and should have a wide and stable base. Pay good attention to the sole, a hard, anti-slip soles are good.
If you really want to wear high-heels, three things are necessary:
- Stand up straight, with your head up
- Keep your abdominal muscles taut and pull back your stomach to put your body weight onto your heels
- Walk heel to toe with a slightly exaggerated hip sway, rather than ‘mince’ around on the ball of your foot.
Shoe shape matters
There are also many badly-made, flat, slip-on shoes as well. As we gets older, the arch of the foot flattens. That’s why many of us start to prefer wearing wider shoes. As your feet become flatter, the joints in your foot and head of the bone receive more pressure than before. You can try to strengthen your foot muscles in order to avoid this tendency, but to some extent it is unavoidable.
Pay attention to the shoe shape, especially the shape of insoles. Many special insoles are now sold, and there is a wide variety to choose from. Depending on your foot shape for example, you can find ones designed for longitudinal arch support, metatarsal support, with special heel pads, or for many other types of foot support. Of course, you will need to change your shoes according to your activity, so it’s not just a matter of shape. Keep in mind what kinds of activities you’ll be doing, and how that activity will impact the pressures on your feet.
Once all the characteristics has been taken care of, ensure you wear the shoe before buying so that you will be very sure that it is perfect for you.