Duchess Meghan Markle has been in the news for wearing her shoes loose with heel gaps. I have no insider information about her shoes, however this photo may have been taken in the morning, a time of day when feet are naturally skinny and shoes fit loose. Her shoes may be a perfect fit later in the day when her feet are more ‘chubby’. Her shoes could be a perfect fit all day long from morning until night if she put foam inserts into them that hold the heel of the foot inside the heel end of the shoe to prevent heel gaps.
The fit of high heels is a dilemma. Buy them with a snug fit so they stay on your feet – and suffer the consequences when you stay late to a party and your feet are so painful you can’t even walk, let alone dance!
Or buy them with a loose fit so you can easily wiggle your toes - and suffer the consequences when you wear them to a morning wedding – and just as you are leaving the church you lose a shoe on the stairs nearly twisting your ankle!
In 2014 BUSTLE wrote “ If heels are loose, the muscles in your toes will have to overcompensate to keep your shoes on, and this is bad for your feet. Heels should neither be too loose nor too tight. Play Goldilocks when shoe shopping — they should be juuuust right.” This is good advice. However in the same BUSTLE article there is bad advice that you can “ train your ankles to provide better support”. It is bad advice to tell women that they can somehow train their ankle bones to be able to wear 5” heels. That cannot be done, either you can wear heels over 3” or you can’t - just like some people have feet that can ballet dance and some can’t.
Is there a middle ground, and if so what is it? The holy grail of fitting is to have high heel shoes that fit perfectly from morning ‘til night on feet that are ‘skinny’ in the morning and ‘chubby’ by evening. These eight tips will help you choose shoes and wear them so they fit right:
*7 Best Ball of Foot Cushions (5 ball of foot products - with obvious fake reviews - were analyzed but not ranked)
Ball of foot cushions' were ranked on how well they worked. Customer feedback was compared with seller claims. The only ball of foot cushion that succeeded in consistently delivering on all four important comfort factors was Killer Heels Comfort Ball of Foot Cushion. A ball of foot cushion must deliver on comfort with pads that 1. never flatten or feel hard or slippery, and deliver on comfort with pads that 2. stops the foot from sliding forwards without poking into the foot with hard knobs or ridges. Lastly the pads should 3. fit into shoes without crowding, and 4. stay put without slipping out of place.
Review the ranking of the Best and the Worst in high heel shoe cushioning. See if you can find the one you wear most often, and compare it to the other six.
The 'secret' to making sure you get high heel shoe inserts that will work for you and give your foot maximum comfort is to never buy or wear high heels that are too tight. Customize your high heels with foam inserts that have at least three important features. 1. The cushioning should never crush. The 'new springy foam' feeling should last forever. 2. The cushioning should be soft, never hard and slippery like gel or a rubber/plastic combination. 3. The inserts should hold your foot back against gravity 100%. Much of the pain of high heels is from toes and forefoot being crushed. Bonus if the inserts you choose stabilize your high heels to stop wobbles - a big help in platform heels or high heeled sandals.
A ‘hack’ for Clark’s wedge heels - more comfortable cushioning than the original without crowding your toes - for your best all-day office wedges! Materials: 1 pair Killer Heels Comfort ball of foot pads & 4" x 4" x 1/16" craft foam
A ‘hack’ for Maddon Girl ankle boots adds cushioning that is much better than the original to stabilize and cushion your foot for long walks in the park, a comfortable commute to work or a Saturday morning full of chores. Materials: 1 pair Killer Heels Comfort ball of foot pads, 8"x12" x 1/16" craft foam