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:
Four high heel footwear styles from the “12 of the Craziest Shoes at Paris Fashion Week Spring ’19 ”, demonstrate common problems in high heels in these ‘uncommon’ new styles from Vivienne Westwood and Balmain. Also read the “The Real Reasons Women Wear Heels!”
Issues: How to stop foot from sliding forward in open toe stiletto sandals with ankle ties; How to stabilize feet in rocker-sole high heel platform boots with chunky heels; How to keep straps comfortable & stabilize sandals with thigh high straps; and How to stop ball of foot pain /toes crush in pointy-toe clear plastic high heeled boots with triangle plastic heels.
Even the Duchess of Sussex has high heel issues !
Three important tips for how to wear high heel slingbacks comfortably and safely and be able to walk naturally are:
1. Wear contoured PORON foam rebounding inserts made for high heels in shoes to keep the foot from sliding forward (especially critical with narrow toe shoes), plus cushion the ball of the foot from pressure inside killer heels.
2. Wear contoured PORON foam rebounding inserts in shoes made for high heels to keep the heel of the foot firmly inside the heel area of the shoe. The contoured foam will keep the foot from falling off to the sides at the heel, plus keep more of the weight of the wearer on the heel end of the shoe so there is less pressure on the ball of the foot.
3. Wear contoured PORON foam rebounding inserts made for high heels in them to keep the foot from moving inside the shoe, either sideways or forward at the heel of the shoe and at the front end of the shoe. High heels, especially ones that are open at the heel end, or at both ends - like high heel sandals - are very vulnerable to wobbliness. Wobbliness affects the wear of the shoe by making it unstable and unsafe. It also affects the way you can walk in heels. If high heels fit snugly to the foot then walking in them is much easier, with a more natural gait and less tiring because you are not clenching your foot and leg muscles trying to keep your shoes on your feet while you walk in them.