There is a popular saying about high heels which says, “Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. High heels pain, on the other hand? Can definitely live without it.”
Any fashion lover understands that heels are important to a fashionable wardrobe but there is always that plaguing question of how to wear heels without the pain.
Read these tips below on how to wear stylish shoes without paying the painful price.
Wear the right shoe size
Louboutin heels. Photo: Pinterest
The first rule to wearing shoes it to make sure you have the right shoe size. Ensure you have your foot sized once a year because the foot size changes over the years especially after having kids. Have your feet measured when you are buying shoes, for width and for length as well.
Know your foot type
The best way to know your foot type is a podiatrist. In case you can’t run out to the podiatrist, there are other ways you can check to see if you have a flat foot or a high-arch foot. Wet your foot and step onto a piece of construction paper. When you make an impression, it will show you how much your foot is flattening or how high of an arch you have.
The thicker the heel, the better
Avoid thin heels: the stilettos. They cause your foot to wobble around. Sometimes, the dress is just going to call for a stiletto, as long as it’s something that’s occasional. If you’re wearing stilettos every day, you might want to consider a chunkier heel style and change it up a bit.
Avoid thin soles, opt for a platform instead
A shoe with a thicker sole or a little bit of a platform will offset some of the pressure when you are walking and a rubbery material will absorb that pressure.
Frequent use of shoes with high heels can distort the structure of the spine, expert says. PHOTO: AFP
It is perfectly okay to kick your shoes off throughout the day and stretch your ankles and toes.
Stretch your feet after you take your shoes off
The stretches that you’ll want to do are the stretches that will target the front of the foot and ankle, like pointing your toes down and pulling your toes up with a strap to get the Achilles’ tendon and the calf muscles. And then side to side to get to the instep and the outside of the foot.