Everybody knows that high heels can bring elegance and femininity to any outfit, but few know that they can also cause health problems when it comes to feet joints and even spine. Yes, high heels might have many advantages to your look but they might have disadvantages too.
Let’s talk about both, one at a time.
High heels advantages
– you look taller and thinner
– your legs look slimmer and well-proportioned
– make your outfit look elegant and sophisticated
– increase your sensuality
– you won’t be unnoticed wearing them
High heels disadvantages
– you can have circulation problems
– unbearable pain of toes
– spine distortion
– major problems of bones, muscles, joints, nerves and tendons of your legs
Although the advantages have immediate effect, the disadvantages are seen in time but only if we exaggerate wearing high heels. It’s best to don’t wear high heels every day, but alternate them with flats and other shoes with different heel sizes. If your job doesn’t allow you to wear Mary Jane shoes, and then come with them to work and change there with a pair of shoes with high heels, it’s better than nothing.
I like to spare my high heel shoes for special occasions so when I’ll wear them, the effect will be increased a lot.
While there are so many health problems which may occur by wearing too often high heels, don’t imagine you’re safer wearing only flats. Doctors recommend for our feet health to wear shoes with a slight heel, around 1-2 inches. Depending on your silhouette and weight, the higher the heels, the more problems might appear in time.
Hint: if you suffer from a blistered foot, use some rubbing alcohol on the part which rubs your heel before wearing the shoes.
Still, if you’re a high heels addict, then you’d better know how to buy them in order to avoid as much as possible having health problems. You may find below a list with things to remember when buying high heel shoes:
– for a proper blood circulation, pay attention to your feet shape: if you have the second toe bigger than the big toe of your foot, then choose shoes with round toes, if your big toe it’s the biggest of all and the rest of your toes are smaller in descending order, then you will suffer most by wearing high heel shoes, but if you have all your toes at almost equal size you’re lucky since you can tolerate the most high heels
– be careful to the arch support of the shoes when you try them on in the store because any flex you may feel in the arches or the twisting and shifting of the heel under your weight can be responsible for a future sprain of your ankle. A simple test that can be done to prevent that and to discover a weak arch which can break while climbing the stairs: hold in one hand the heel and start twisting and flexing the arch
– an arch correctly designed is well balanced and match the natural shape of the foot because it rises high to provide support for the foot and after that it will drop down into a shallow cup-like depression which supports the heel. Having this structure, the shoes shift the weight of the body from the ball and toes to the heels and prevent the foot to slide forward, saving the toes from that pressure too
– if you are thin, narrow heels will fit you best, but if you have a heavier build then choose some thicker heels or platforms in order to keep your look balanced and proportional
– speaking of platforms, a slight one under the toe area will make the shoes more comfortable by minimizing the angle and with it the pressure on the ball, while increasing also the stability
– another simple test you can do in the store when trying on a pair of shoes it’s to see how comfortable is the heels height. In order to find out, just try to rinse from the floor on your toes at least one inch keeping your knees straight. If you can do that, then buy them, if not… leave them or you will end up walking with your knees bent and we all know how ridiculous this look…
– the toe box silhouette contributes to the comfort of the shoes: round and almond toes leaves more room than the pointed toes
– don’t forget that you will have less support for your feet as the more open is the shoe, so sandals will be more unstable than boots, oxfords and other styles that prevent the foot from sliding forward
– never buy smaller or bigger shoes than you need no matter how much you might like them, you won’t only look silly but you will damage your feet and… you have one pair of those, remember?
Hint: to enlarge a shoe with half size, fill two sandwich bags with water, place them into your shoes, put the shoes into the refrigerator until the water turns to ice and then get them out, leave the ice to melt, dry on the shoes and you’re good to go!
If you wonder how to wear high heels without pain, then here are some tips:
– use leather shoes which is the most comfortable fabric for shoes because it fits around the shape of your feet
– wear shoes with soft inner soles
– opt for quality shoes, especially those who have shock absorbing materials
– walk the same way you would with Mary Jane shoes by placing the heels on the ground first and then the toes. Walking by stepping with your toes and heels on the ground at the same time or first the toes and last the heels is wrong and will cause you problems
– use padded insoles, foot pads for the ball of your foot or gel pads to increase the comfort
– the higher the heels, the shorter the steps you’ll have to make. Practice at home first by wearing them 15-30 minutes at a time until you will get used walking with them
– walking on high heels needs practice and it’s not a natural talent so start small and work your way up:
- begin with shoes with low heels and full support around the foot
- use kitten heels next to help you learn to keep balance
- then, wear a boot with higher (but thick) heels which will help you get accustomed to walk on higher heels
- move on to high wedge heels with the heels fully attached to the stoles for more comfort and balance
- finally, wear the queen of all heels: stilettos (or spike heels)
In the end, whatever your choice might be, with or without high heels, I hope I’ve helped you decide and make walking on high heels more accessible for you.