High heeled mules are one of the most popular shoes for Spring 2018. They go with everything and elevate any outfit. No wonder they are popular despite being near impossible to wear because unless they fit snug, right from the store, they will not stay on your feet. If you have narrow feet - forget it! Your feet slide right down into the toe box or out the front end of the shoe or in the alternative your shoes fall off your feet while you are walking! If you do manage to keep your feet in the shoes they will become tired and suffer from muscle cramps just trying to keep walking plus trying to keep the shoes on!
If you are a plus size gal you may have serious issues with high heeled mules even if you have feet that fit into them just right - that are not too wide and not too narrow. Your problems will mostly come from the instability of the shoes. High heels with open backs are very unstable to begin with but if you put weight on them and you are a medium height or tall plus size gal with a high centre of gravity - and then move around doing normal things like walking outside or even just turning around quickly you are just looking for trouble! In no time your foot will fall off to the side of the heel and end up on the ground - if you are lucky. It could have been worse like a broken ankle. In high heeled mules there is nothing between your foot and the back of the shoe and your foot will take full advantage of any slip up or a step in error to declare itself free of the shoe - with no advance warning like, "I'm springing myself out now, hang on!"
It's so unfair. Gals with narrow feet - which are often also long like cross country skis - and plus size gals both look fabulous in high heeled mules. Mules make long feet look shorter because the length is visually cut off by the band of shoe around the top of the foot, and mules make plus size gals look long and elegant because the heels add height and look delicate and airy with their back cutaway but still look like they have substance.
I'm obviously a fan of mules - would love to have a whole wardrobe of them. I do have a few pairs that I love and wear often - and luckily I have invented a remedy for the problems they cause. I want to tell everybody who loves mules that it is possible to wear them! And wear them in comfort too!
The solution is inserts that specifically tackle the problems that mules cause. The inserts should of course tackle the problem that all high heels - not just mules - have which is to cushion the ball of the foot to relieve painful pressure there.
The second problem for high heeled mule wearers is that the foot slides forward in them - pesky gravity is everywhere it seems. So in between falling out the back the foot alternates with being crushed into the toe box or falling out the front. This causes grief for toes - they hate being squashed or pinched and will complain loudly.
The third problem to tackle is the instability of high heeled shoes, like mules, that don't have anything around the heel to keep in inside the shoe. Even sling backs have a narrow 'sling' around the back and high heel sandals typically have an adjustable strap around the back of the heel, and sometimes another one across the top of the foot too or around the ankle. Mules have nothing, they are like slides - shoes that you can slide into, and out of, and back into - but unlike slides mules have an added danger element of height above the ground. There is no casual sliding out of them!
So how can high heeled mules be worn in comfort? The solution is simple. Stop gravity - or in the alternative outfit your mules with shoe inserts designed for high heels. The inserts must of course firstly cushion the ball of the foot, and they must stop the foot from sliding forward. plus the must stabilize the foot so it doesn't wobble about inside high heel shoes.
There are dozens, maybe hundreds of brands of high heel shoe inserts that cushion the ball of the foot, some well and some not so well but they do almsot nothing about problems two and three.
There are a few, maybe two, which are variations of each other, that tackle problem two exclusively - which is to stop the foot from sliding forward. They tackle the problem of the foot sliding forward by extending the size of the shoes' heel area into the arch by adding a blob of gel into the shoe for the foot to sit on that extends from the heel area of the shoe to the arch area of the shoe. The weight of the wearer is thus distributed with some on their heels and some onto their arches - which can hurt a lot if the foots' arch is low - ouch - or not put any weight onto the arch if it is high. The theory is that the increased area for the weight to sit on prevents the foot from sliding forward as quickly as it would without the larger area. The blob of gel under the arch can work - but only if the gel blob is exactly the right height. There is no way to customize it if it is too high and not too low.
There is one brand, called Killer Heel Comfort that tackles all three of the problems. These soft PORON foam inserts for high heels cushion the ball of the foot, stop the foot from sliding forward with an innovative toe grip under the middle three toes plus keep the heel in place with an innovative notch in an insert just in front of the heel. The foot cannot move about inside the high heeled shoe and is stabilized because both the ball of foot piece and the insert piece in front of the heel act in unison to stop the foot from moving in any direction.
Finally high heel mules - those beautiful things like the Aquazzura mules in the photo - are wearable!
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.
The Cole Haan 3" heels (in the photo) are an excellent example of shoe that is comfortable and easy to walk in that I can vouch for personally with my feet! I put Killer Heels Comfort high heel shoe inserts into them for long time walking comfort.
Wearing comfortable heels takes two steps. Step one buy well designed, well balanced high heels that you can easily walk in and that feel comfortable for at least 1/2 hour of walking- then, step two, customize them with rebounding, never flattening inserts that cushion the ball of the foot and stop your foot from moving about so you can wear heels comfortably for much longer - up to four times your personal best.
FYI well designed heels come in all price ranges - some very expensive famous brand name heels (that look great) are badly designed, hard to walk in and very uncomfortable while some inexpensive shoes may fit perfect and be easy to walk in. Most less expensive shoes usually have less cushioning. They will benefit a lot from additional custom cushioning provided it does not crowd the foot. Always buy shoes that fit properly, and if in doubt about the fit buy shoes that are too big - never, ever too small!
I got a notice from Amazon that I have overstock of my off white silk georgette covered rebounding PORON foam high heel shoe inserts. I am offering them to you here for a special reduced price of $5 so I can sell the overstock and not have to pay Amazon a warehousing fee. The direct link to the off white georgette stretch silk covered high heel inserts on Amazon.com is