High heels can be the most disturbing thing to get right!
While we all know that high heels are often the making or breaking of an outfit, those people who are colossal shoe lovers will also tell you that more often than not, there is no such thing as a comfortable pair of high heels!
Making sure shoes fit correctly, so they are comfortable in general, is often task enough. Still, to try and find a pair of high heels that you like that fits your needs and are comfortable all at once, maybe like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack (or shoe rack).
Finding a comfortable-fitting pair of high heels seems simple on the surface, especially when we have visions of Carrie Bradshaw sashaying into any shoe boutique in New York while magically finding all the heeled shoes that magically fit her to perfection.
In reality, however, it’s probably not that simple no matter how much we want to be Cinderella!
So how do we find the perfect set of high heels that are comfortable, stylish, and fit our needs? Read on to find out!
Why Do We Like To Wear High Heels?
Wearing high heels has been a practice used for hundreds of years and can date back as far as fashions began!
We love to wear high heels as it allows our shape to change, and the way we carry ourselves tends to be more upright and confident.
Wearing high heels gives our legs and feet an uplift, and the height can feel fantastic!
Of course, the making or breaking of an outfit is often found in the shoes! So if you are wearing an elegant dress for dinner, the outfit would call for high heels, and choosing the right ones can be a humungous task!
The critical thing to know about high heels and shoes, in general, is that the style, shape, and design are often led by fashion trends not specifically designed for your feet! So inevitably, there will always be a certain element of them not being entirely comfortable for everyone!
The History Of High Heels
The earliest known high heels come from ancient Iran. Back in the 10th century CE, Iran was known as Persia, and it was the soldiers of the Persian army that wore the first recorded high heels.
Yes, males had the first records held of wearing high heels! When we journey through time, we find that a heel on a shoe was used as a status symbol by the rich and important people. At the same time, the lower classes and poor would have to make do with anything they could get on their feet.
Modern-day high heels have done a complete 360 on the way they started and are now worn by millions of people every day to complete an outfit, show their class, or simply because they choose to! But is everyone comfortable in their high heels? Potentially not, but they look good!
The Problems With High Heels
While we do appreciate that not everyone will agree that there are any legitimate problems with high heels, there will be scores of people who will say things like:
- They give me blisters!
- My calves ache!
- I can’t walk straight!
- I can’t balance!
- They hurt my feet!
Plus many other cries of pain and discomfort! There is, however, some truth in the pains cried by millions of women all over the globe. It doesn’t matter if the shoes are high heels or not; if they are ill-fitting, they will cause discomfort!
High heels, in particular, actually change your whole walking composition as they elevate your heel to a higher point than is natural for your footfall. So, high heels can cause issues with not just your fret but your calves, knees, hips, and spine too. Not to mention the blisters!
How To Overcome The Problem
We should think about how we can minimize the problems around the most crucial part of wearing high heels, the pain in the soles of our feet.
The most important thing to remember is that the feet are supposed to be supported by a floor, which means that shoes are only supposed to be a support and not a foundation.
You can go out and buy shoes with built-in cushioning as a core part or even a footbed that is supposed to be the same as the bare feet, so you are slightly supported.
However, this can get rather uncomfortable as the support is trying to protect the foot, which can become painful if worn all day. So before high heel styles make it into your closet, think about these things:
- Do they fit the contour of your foot?
- Can you stand in them?
- Do the balls of your feet have enough cushioning?
- Do they rub on your heel/Achilles?
- Can you walk appropriately in them?
If the answer to any of the questions above is no, then you should probably rethink your choices!
What To Look For When Choosing A Shoe
We want to wear shoes we love, of course, we do! But we also need to be comfortable in the high-heeled shoe for more than 15 minutes at a time!
Here are some crucial things to remember when you go to look for your next pair of comfortable high heels.
This may seem like a daft question, but do they fit your feet?
Shoes are made for the consumer market, which means they are designed to fit MOST feet, but there may always be something that doesn’t make them comfortable for you!
To get the best firring high heels for you, you need to be mindful of:
The shoe shape, does it nip anywhere or flap off the back of your foot?
The way the heel fits around yours
Where and how your toes are positioned
The overall support of the shoe
It doesn’t take a borderline genius to know that if the shoe fits, it’s likely to be comfortable!
2. Heel Height
The overall height of the heel on a shoe is an essential consideration in choosing your next pair of shoes.
You don’t want the heel to be so high that you need a walking aid or a supportive arm to walk in them. Still, on the opposite spectrum, you don’t want the heel so low that the shoes are not considered high heels (the clue is in the shoe’s name there!)
While a small heel is considered under 1 inch, anything above this would be regarded as high.
In terms of style: we love our heels, but we also don’t wear them all the time. We love to combine heels height that is often led by the outfit we are wearing at the time.
If you are going to be bold, try something like a stiletto or blocked heels with a platform. If you are going for something a little more practical but high, a wedge or block heels can be super flattering.
To note, your heel shape can be a great indicator of their comfort, so something thick in the heel will give you more stability in the movement. In contrast, thinner heels will require a bit more expert execution!
Is wearing high heels practical? No, it’s not, not really!
Not wearing high heels is as practical and wise as wearing sandals to a formal dinner. Nobody will die if you don’t wear heels!
Unless wearing heels is specifically tailored to your unique needs, it’s not always necessary! The rule is that your feet should always be able to comfortably bear your weight without having to think about your heel height.
With all that said, of course, if you want to wear high heels, you absolutely should! But be mindful that they will put your lower body under a whole heap of unnecessary strain while wearing them!
Fashion denotes that high heels go with certain outfits, which is great if you can execute the particular style of shoe and heel height that comes with it. If you can’t, nobody is going to think any less of you, and you should, in this instance, make it your own!
High heels need to be as comfortable as possible for you, so make sure they fit as well as they can when your purchase them while bearing in mind that your feet may swell in them too!
Thicker heels have the most support when it comes to high heels, while stilettos and thin heels will take more skill when wearing them.
Don’t be afraid of high heels, but do be cautious of fashion driving your choices over the comfort of your feet. We are not all made to be Carrie Bradshaw!