Maria Carey is world famous as a fabulous song writer and singer. She is also famous for having extensive shoe closets/rooms. The gold heels in the photo are a small sampling of 95 pairs of gold hued heels in her shoe room in New York. She can buy the most stylish and comfortable shoes for herself - yet she has complained to the media that her high heels hurt her feet. Upon viewing a selection of photos that have appeared on the internet of her high heels and feet in 2016-2017 it appears her high heel issues are those commonly suffered by most high heel wearers who either do not wear custom made shoes or custom orthotics or have not outfitted their shoes with custom fit foam inserts.
Shaped high heel shoe inserts made from a spring back PORON foam that is shaped to fit the contours on the bottom of the foot is the best solution for preventing high heel pain. Only this type of high heel inserts (of the hundreds of styles of inserts and insoles being marketed to high heel wearers) will both cushion the foot PLUS hold the foot in place - and as a bonus do it invisibly without crowding! Only cushioning the foot without holding the foot from sliding forward is not very effective in stopping high heel pain.
As you can see from Ms Carey's example even the most frequent shoppers of high heels, with hundreds of shoes, are not able to get a good fit or have stable high heels without effective inserts. Gravity does not discriminate - it will wreak havoc with everyone's high heels!
Most women have way less than hundreds upon hundreds of high heels. Instead of a walk in shoe room the size of a suburban home the average USA woman who wears high heels has eight pairs. She has to get the most use of those eight pairs, and the best way to do that is to make sure they fit perfectly - throw out or give away any shoes that are tight- for the health of your feet and of course for comfortable wear. Keep only the ones that fit - and vow to never buy shoes that feel tight. Correctly fitting heels will feel better and you and your outfits will look better if you are not limping or wincing in pain.
Buy high heels that fit properly with wiggle room for your toes and at least 1/4 to 1/2 inch of space in front of the longest toe. For pointy toe shoes make sure there is some space between the side of the shoe and your foot so your foot is not squeezed from the sides. (You should buy a half size larger for any pointed toe shoes - flats or heels.)
With reference to Ms Carey's high heel shoe issues they occur for different reasons in her different heels. I review the issues from left to right in the photo.
If high heels don't have something such as foam inserts to stop the foot from sliding forward and causing the toes to stick out the front, you can never get ankle ties to be tied without discomfort. If you tie them comfortably and then walk about the ties will loosen and not hold your foot back. And if you tie them quite tight - so they will stay put - they will cut into your legs. You should not depend on ankle ties to keep your foot from sliding forward in heels. The only good solution is to have something else, such as contoured foam inserts, to keep your foot from sliding forward in your heels and then you can have ankle ties tied comfortably to add style, but they needn't be tied tight for function.
When you wear high heels with peep toes your foot will slide forward and your toes will either come out of the shoe or pile on top of each other and press painfully against the sides of the peep toe opening. It is obvious that Ms Carey does not have shoe inserts in her peep toe heels to hold her feet inside.
High heel shoes tend to be unstable, therefore you may lose a shoe or worse stumble and hurt yourself. Most women suffer high heel disasters out of view of the public eye, but unfortunately Ms Carey lost her Christian Louboutin heels while in full view of a photographer. Ms Carey was not hurt, she just lost one shoe. Many women suffer serious ankle injuries from falling off high heels. High heels can be made much more stable with the addition of contoured foam inserts that hold the foot at two places making walking more stable, and high heels more comfortable to walk in. An additional bonus is that walking in heels with a natural gait is much easier in high heels that are stable.
Ms Carey has a foot shape that is relatively narrow at the heel end and wide at the toes end. This is a very typical female foot shape. Many shoe designers design shoes for women with this as a consideration however there are some shoe manufacturers who make women's shoes based on a male person's shoe last - and just adjust the size to be smaller. The overall shoe should be designed for a woman's foot because men tend to have less difference between the width of the heel and the width of the forefoot. Take care to choose shoes that do not fit like the lovely gold winged sandals Ms Carey is wearing with her toes overhanging the sides. If she chose that sandal to fit properly in the heel then it appears that the sole of the winged sandal at the front end is not wide enough for a normal female foot like Ms Carey's.
A common problem in high heeled sandals is that the straps dig into your foot as the foot slides forward and presses into them. The foot should be held back from sliding forward so that the straps will lie flat against the foot but not dig into them. Ms Carey's lovely golden sandals' look is spoiled by their poor fit. PORON shaped foam high heel inserts will fit invisibly into even the most strappy sandals and keep the foot from sliding forward. This makes wearing strappy sandals pain free from the straps digging into your foot, and also stabilizes strappy sandals by holding your foot from underneath. This is very important when there is not much that holds your foot inside. The inserts also help to stabilize the foot so that ankle straps can be kept comfortably loose.
In high heel sandals where the heel is not supported by the shoes' sides a common problem is for the heel of the foot to slip sideways. This is an issue for Ms Carey in the sandals she is wearing. The heel can be prevented from slipping sideways by foam inserts placed in front of the heel to hold the heel in place from sliding forward down the ramp of the high heels, plus hold the heel from sliding to the side by a notch in the foam insert that cups the front of the heel. As the heel presses firmly into the notch in the foam by downward pressure from gravity the cupped shape keeps the heel from slipping sideways.
I hope Ms Carey reads this article and becomes aware that there is a newly invented product available since 2015 for high heel shoe sufferers whoever they are. I greatly admire her composing and singing and would love for her to be comfortable in her lovely heels while performing her 'magic' or when she is enjoying life with her friends and family.
Video of how to make your high heel boots comfortable. No pinching of toes, no cold toes, cushioned under the ball of the foot, and no heel rubbing. High heel boots are stabilized and cushioned for comfortable walking. See the video by copying and pasting this link