LET’S CREATE YOUR PERFECT HIGH HEEL WEAR PLAN WITH THIS QUIZ:
Your answers to this quiz will help you to systematically sort out all your high heeled footwear in your shoe closet and make decisions about them so you can have heels ready to wear in comfort for any occasion. Bonus: You will have tried on & sorted your high heel footwear collection into keep, donate & throw out by the end of this quiz! To make the quiz your own fill in the number of high heeled footwear you have that fits into each blank space where there is a question mark.
How many pairs of shoes, booties and boots do you have in your closet right now with heels 2” or higher?
Answer:--?--pairs This is your total high heeled footwear inventory
How many of the shoes, booties and boots are worn out, misshapen, ripped, have broken or inoperable zippers, broken straps, sole or heel coming loose, badly scuffed, etc.?
Answer:--?--pairs Throw out
How many of the shoes, booties and boots are too tight, squeeze your fore foot or are too short for your toes? Donate shoes to your favourite charity that are too small because they were bought on impulse and are a ‘mistake’. Women often buy shoes that are too small when they are enticed by ‘cute’ shoes on sale thinking that the shoes can be stretched to fit – most often they can’t. Sometimes women buy heels deliberately slightly small so they won’t fall off but can’t wear them because they hurt too much, and sometimes shoes are bought without properly trying them on. To ensure a fit correctly test shoes by walking about in the shoe store for at least five minutes. A good charity to give away your gently worn or new dress shoes and boots to – so you won’t mourn their loss too deeply – is the ‘Dress For Success’ dressforsuccess.org charity that helps women who cannot afford retail prices get high quality work wardrobes for job interviews or for their new job.
How many of the total shoes, booties and boots fit fine but are out of style, or you just plain don’t like them now so you never wear them anymore?
How many of the shoes, booties and boots have you attempted to ‘stretch’ to make them fit you, but have failed to get them to fit much better? Aside from stretching a small area in soft leather shoes, such as the few square inches over a hammer toe or bunion, shoes should never be stretched. Overall stretching to get an increase of a half size is impossible because you can never lengthen a shoe be stretching it.
Answer:--?--pairs Donate if you haven’t ruined them.
How many of the shoes, booties and boots seem to be badly designed and unusually wobbly or make walking awkward compared to other similar shoe styles you own? (Very high stilettos should be compared to similar height heels, booties and boots compared to other similar heeled footwear, platform heels should be compared with other platform heels.)
Donate these only if you feel the problem is stemming from your unusual foot configuration. You should not pass along shoes that have a problematic design to someone else. If the design is not made correctly for a normal foot it will not fit anyone well. FYI a ‘bad design’ can be found in expensive $350+ shoes or in cheap $35- shoes. Likewise you can get a very good functional shoe in any price range. Some brands of higher priced shoes have more cushioning, but you cannot assume that a higher price means a better fitting shoe. You will likely get a more fashionable shoe, but not necessarily a better fitting one. If the shoe is made of soft leather, whatever its’ price range it will probably fit better because leather molds to the foot. If the heel is off centre – too far forward or back – as an element of design the shoe may fit your foot well, but walking in it will be difficult. Always try on shoes at the store and walk about in them to see if walking in them is easy for you. “If it is not comfortable when tried on, it should be put back in the box and returned to the shelf."- to quote Stuart Weitzman.
Answer:--?--pairs Throw out. Donate only if you think the problem is with you - and not with the shoes.
How many of the total shoes, booties and boots fit fine but they are worn down at the heel or the outer sole is slippery?
Answer:--?--pairs Take them to a shoe repair shop
You have now sorted out all your high heel footwear & your closet probably will have more space in it in future. Bonus! You have thrown out some pairs, donated some pairs and have taken some pairs to be repaired. What should you do next with the remainder to ensure that you will always be wearing super comfortable high heel shoes, high heel booties and high heel boots?
Check the wear ability of the remainder inventory in your closet. When you wear them you may find varying degrees of comfortableness in your shoes, boots and booties. You can increase the cushiness and the comfort of all your high heeled footwear with customizable foam inserts.
Your perfect heels!
How many of the remaining high heels in your closet fit perfectly with no ball of foot pain, chafing, heel gaps, blisters, tightness in the toe box or toes overhang? These shoes are perfectly fine and need nothing to be done for them or to them. Study them to see what brand name they are, and try to buy that brand name in the future as it seems to be a brand that is a perfect fit for your foot type. Measure their length in inches and centimetres so that even if you not sure how to compare shoe sizing from France, Italy, USA and Europe you will know exactly what length of footwear you should be looking for. If you begin to have issues with these shoes such as stretching out at the sides so you begin to feel that your foot is moving about inside too much put spring back PORON ball of foot cushions with toe grips into them to hold back the foot in the increased width footwear. Your feet will feel snug and not wobbly as if the footwear is new.
Answer:--?--pairs Take a close look at these heels of perfection and take note what their brand name is ! For brand names that have been tested for comfort & style check out the Corporette.com Guide to Comfortable Heels.
Your not-so-perfect & could-be-better heels!
How many of the remaining high heels in your closet fit perfectly to your foot when you stand, but when you walk about cause you some issues such as pain in the ball of the foot, pain from scrunching of toes, chafing or blisters from gaping at the heel, toes overhang, or your shoes feel too big?
If the heel of the shoe is relatively low such as around 3” and the shoe is closed you may need only the ball of foot PORON spring back cushion to add comfort to the bottom of the foot plus keep the foot from sliding forward due to gravity.
However if the heel is higher than 3” you will need the spring back PORON high heel inserts set because the front of heel piece is needed to reinforce the work of the ball of foot piece toe grip in keeping the foot in its’ correct position with the heel of the foot inside the heel of the shoe. If the heel stays in place this keeps more of the weight of the wearer overtop of the heel of the shoe and shifts weight off the ball of the foot. The higher the heel the more important it is to keep the weight of the wearer overtop of the heel of the shoe. Higher heels have a steeper ramp, and it is the steepness of the ramp that forces the foot to slide forward – unless it is stopped by shoe inserts that have a breathable non slippery surface and physical barriers built into them to stop the foot. The two part high heel inserts sets have a raised toe grip at the front of the ball of the foot and a raised area under the arch to stop the foot from moving forward and down.
If the high heeled footwear is high heel sandals or open heel shoes such as mules the foam piece under the arch keeps the foot from sliding forward plus keeps it from sliding sideways off the heel.
Answer:--?--pairs Outfit these heels with one piece ball of foot inserts or two part high heel shoe inserts sets made of PORON with toe grips and physical stops built into them to hold back the foot, plus soft spring back cushioning for the ball of the foot.
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