How to 'own' your look in heels - how to make heels comfortable to walk in

October 03, 2017

How to 'own' your look in heels - how to make heels comfortable to walk in

To 'own' your look in heels follow these three (3) important tips so your high heels will make you and your outfit look better. You should only buy and have high heels in your shoe closet that are: 

1) Beautiful well designed high heels (in any price range)

2) Heels that fit you properly

3) and heels that you can walk in with a normal gait

Your heels cannot make you or your outfit look good - even if they are the most beautiful well designed high heels ever made - if they don't fit properly or you cannot walk in them normally. You will not look good if you are wincing in pain and wobbling about precariously as you try to keep your footing. 

The best way to make sure your heels are doing what they should be doing - making you took good - is to buy heels that fit you with at least 1/4 to 1/2 inch wiggle room for you toes in a toe box and no toes overhang in sandals.  The heel of your foot should fit snugly into the heel area of the shoe and stay there. (or be made to stay there with a front of heel insert piece) When buying heels you must be able to walk comfortably in them right away at the store with a natural gait. (More about how to make sure you can walk naturally in heels later).

Leather, suede or fabric shoes are best as they can conform to the shape of your foot better than a stiff material like the plastic of patent leather. The sole of the shoe should be flexible. Platforms are a good choice in that the net height of the heel is less, yet you can get a 'sky high' stiletto look. Platforms have a very stiff sole. To make walking in them easier they should have an ankle strap, plus have contoured foam inserts that cradle the foot from underneath to stabilize the shoes and make walking easier. 

Hobbling about, and having unsure footing is not comfortable, safe.or pretty.  Heels are designed in different ways, but one thing they must have is a centered heel for the most balanced walk.  If the heel is too far forward or too far back walking will be difficult. Some fashionable shoe brands in 2017 have a heel placed quite far back.  If you like these shoes be sure to walk around in them for at least ten full minutes - to see if you can cope with an unbalanced heel - before you buy them. Try on different styles of heels to notice the difference between brands. 

Your heels should fit close to perfectly right from the store. Stuart Weitzman says if heels don't fit well put them back on the shelf as they will never fit. Plus you should never buy heels with the idea that you can 'stretch them to fit' later.  He also says that the only thing you should change about heels after you buy them is to add foam cushions to make the shoes fit better if they are loose or not cushioned enough or your feet are affected by gravity.  You should never, ever buy heels that are too small.  If you must err, or you are between sizes, always err on the side of larger shoes, never smaller ones. A well fitting high heel that is stabilized and cushioned with inserts will make walking a lot easier and more natural. A woman walking easily and naturally in high heels will own her look and make her outfit and herself look their best. 

After you have bought heels that fit and that you can walk in reasonably well the one additional thing you should nearly always add to heels - no matter the price range of them - is foam inserts that will keep your foot from sliding forward with gravity. Also even the best cushioned high heels will be more comfortable with additional cushioning under the ball of the foot provided that it does not add bulk and does not flatten. Shaped foam inserts made from PORON will not crush and will be springy underfoot forever. They will also 'defy gravity'. Be aware that shoes cushioned with 'memory foam' will feel very cushy when they are new, but the foam will quickly flatten and bottom out into a thin hard sheet. Memory foam will not keep your foot from sliding forward in heels because your foot will create a downward path in the soft foam of the shoe ramp and you will end up with your toes crushed into the toe box of your heels or hanging over the front in high heel sandals.  

Contoured foam high heel inserts in two pieces have an ergonomic design that will stabilize your foot in heels for a natural gait, and preserve normal toe function.   This is very important for walking normally in heels and is also a safety factor.  High heel inserts that stabilize your foot will also keep your heel from slipping sideways to help prevent falls and ankle injury. 



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SIX PREVENTABLE PAIN POINTS IN HIGH HEELS:  Wobbliness due to instability; Toes overhang; Ball of Foot Pressure; Heel Gaps Causing Blisters; Foot Falling off Shoes at the Heel End; and Toes Crushed by Foot Sliding Forward
SIX PREVENTABLE PAIN POINTS IN HIGH HEELS: Wobbliness due to instability; Toes overhang; Ball of Foot Pressure; Heel Gaps Causing Blisters; Foot Falling off Shoes at the Heel End; and Toes Crushed by Foot Sliding Forward

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Six pain points in high heels are: Instability/wobbliness ('Call It Spring' sandals) ; Toes overhang (sandals); Ball of Foot Pressure('Steve Madden' mules) ; Heel Gaps & Heel Blisters ('Aldo' pumps) ; Heel Falling off Shoe (mules); Toes Crushed by Foot Sliding Forward (pumps) . All six of the pain points can be eliminated if the foot is held stable inside the shoe by shoe inserts that fit out of sight under the foot. To eliminate ball of foot pain the cushioning must be positioned directly under the centre of the ball of foot and must remain in place. It must also be soft, spring back with each step and not flatten with wear. The only cushioning that has all these characteristics is sculpted PORON foam shaped to the bottom of the foot. In contrast gel ball of foot inserts are slippery, move out of place and feel hard underfoot. Stabilizing the foot in high heels is very important to prevent forward slide leading to toe pain. Stabilizing the foot also prevents heel gaps, falling off the shoe, and helps in weight-shifting to keep as much weight as possible over the heel, thus decreasing the pressure on the ball of the foot.

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