How to wear four of the heels inspired by “20 Easy Outfits That Will Make You Look Instantly Put Together” by Sarah Stiefvater for PURE POW
Sarah says “looking chic and polished at all times doesn’t have to take a ton of effort.”Inspirational words for your wardrobe building. Outfits all need shoes, and the right shoes can make or break an outfit. The correct fit, comfort and wear ability of your shoes will make the outfit and very importantly not break your feet! After all you will be out doing things in your outfit.
I have chosen four shoe styles highlighted by Sarah. The shoes are coordinated with easy outfits. The first shoes I chose are the bright yellow mules with a belted blue denim midi skirt and flowered off the shoulder blouse accessorized with large silver earrings and a double handle white bag. Sarah says that a short cropped blouse like this one looks best with a high waist skirt. Note about the mules: Mules main problem is falling off the feet. A foam insert that is not slippery and is contoured to the underside of the foot will keep mules on your feet. The foam insert is specially designed to keep the heel in place so it does not slide forward or to the sides preventing the foot from falling off the heel of the shoe.
The next shoes are white mesh block heeled sandals with a boyfriend jeans, white tee, and a long blazer in white and teal pinstripes and a cross body bag. Sarahs’ fashion advice is that loose-fitting pants and jacket should be paired with feminine heels and a tight fitting top. The problem with these block heeled sandals is "toes overhang" out the front if the foot is not held back from sliding forwards inside the sandals. Foam inserts that are not slippery and are contoured to the foot, and fit underneath the foot without crowding are ideal for fixing this issue.
My third shoes and outfit are black kitten heels with a full skirt in white with self tie belt and black off the shoulder top, accessorized with a white leather bag with silver chain. Sarah says, “...an all-black-and-white outfit is another easy color trick for looking elegant.” Kitten heels are low, about 2" in height making them easier to wear without pain on the ball of the foot, however if they are sling backs like these a foam forefoot insert that is ergonomically designed will keep the foot in place and cushion the ball of the foot against the hard ground. The insert goes only under the middle three toes saving space inside the cramped toe box of these pointed toe kitten heels plus allowing for normal toe functions of propulsion and balance.
My last shoes are classic black high heeled pumps. (A staple in every woman's wardrobe!) The outfit is medium blue jeans , white T shirt and an embroidered look embellished ankle length tan trench coat. Sarah says this basic outfit of black pumps, jeans and a white tee would work with pretty much any light jacket. Stilettos like these pumps with thin soles and 4" heels can be murder on your feet if you walk any distance in them - especially outside on concrete. To keep your feet as comfortable as possible make sure the shoes have a lot of wiggle room for your toes and then preserve that wiggle room by stopping your foot from sliding forward into the front of the shoe. Prevent your toes from getting crushed by outfitting your stilettos with tiny contoured foam cushions that stop your foot from sliding forward, that cushion the ball of the foot with PORON foam that never flattens ( very necessary in 4" heels), and don't crowd your foot because the inserts make optimal use of the tiny amount of space inside high heels.
All of these shoes are lovely and add to you looking instantly put together in the outfits chosen by Sarah.However even lovely outfits are ruined if you are limping and grimacing in pain because your feet hurt. Take care of your feet by by buying properly fitting shoes (or even shoes that are slightly too big) and then customize your shoes to fit with Killer Heels Comfort innovative high heel shoe inserts (invented by a woman and patented in 2015 & 2017 ).
Even the most experienced high heel wearers - women who wear the most stylish coveted brands of heels fitted exclusively for them - can have problems with their shoes. Superstar Mariah Carey on an evening outing in Los Angeles can be seen with her feet slipping out of her high heel sandals. High heel wearers' everywhere can empathize with her. Problems with walking naturally in heels, feet slipping forwards and pain in various parts of the feet are common issues with high heel shoes. If you have these problems they will spoil the way you and your outfits look - nobody looks good hobbling in heels or grimacing in pain or with their toes hanging out - but worse is that improperly fitted high heels can cause injuries from falls or lead to chronic foot pain. There are rational steps you can take, and precautions you should follow, to make your high heel heels comfortable to walk in and your feet pain free and protected from injury.
Five tips for perfect fitting, no pain, high heels:
1. Buy shoes that fit. Buy high heels by matching the LENGTH of your foot in inches with a size chart, and then try on only those shoes and larger ones.
2. Outfit your high heels with contoured foam high heel inserts.
3. Try out your high heels for at least ten minutes of walking about in the shoe store to make sure you can walk easily in them.
4. If you are buying spike heeled shoes make sure the heel end of the shoe does not wobble about when you walk and the shoes feel balanced.
5. Avoid buying high heel shoes with heels over 3.5” unless you intend to mostly sit while wearing them, and you will not be walking or standing for longer than 20 minutes without a rest period.
The 'secret' to making sure you have the best chance of getting high heel shoe inserts that will work for you and give your foot maximum comfort is put them in heels that fit - never too tight - and choose inserts by the criteria of what is the softest and what you can customize as much as possible to fit according to your unique foot to cushion and stop forward slide. Bonus if the inserts stabilize your high heels to stop wobbles.
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.
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!”
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