Buying ‘foot-friendly’ high heels – full guide

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Wearing high heels is a fashion statement. Of course there are compelling reasons for being in heels which can even help grow your career. Though there are several advantages for high heels, you may need to take some precautions to ensure that they are friendly to your feet. Here we are discussing how we can go about it.

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1      Select best-fitting high heel

We all know that we have to find out the best fitting shoes for our feet. But the moment we find something really fashionable, comfort and right fit takes back seat. Sacrificing on fitting and comfort for fashion is the biggest pitfall we all fall into from time to time. So selecting the best-fitting high heel is a point worth mentioning again and again! By using certain techniques, you can very well find if a particular pair of heels are right fit for you.

Also read: How High-Heels can boost your career growth

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2      Choose a wider toe box

In general, width of human foot is gradually increasing when we move from heel towards toes. So naturally we need broader toe area for the footwear. But some high heels are having a very narrow toe box which forces the toes to be cramped in that restricted area. This can lead to foot pain and can even cause toe deformities. Moreover toes may sweat than normal if they are pressed together, and can cause fungus infection. So go for wider toe box for your high heels.

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How to walk properly in high heels

3      Have enough cushion in the foot bed

In general high heels, especially the sandal type heels are designed without having enough cushion in the foot bed. If you happen to buy high heels which does not have enough cushion, you can go for gel shoe-inserts. They can help prevent your foot from sliding back and forth while walking and also provide the badly needed cushioning for your foot.

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25 types of High Heels

4      Opt for thicker heel

Thicker (chunky) heel makes your high heel shoes much more stable. Increased stability can also help prevent foot pain due to high heels. You would feel more comfortable to walk in chunky heels.

Also read: How to be more comfortable in High Heels

How to be more comfortable in High Heels

5      Avoid ultra high heels

Ultra high heels, would not be friendly to your feet in most occasions. You can find out your ideal heel height for different occasions and wear heels of different height accordingly. However occasionally you can go for ultra high heels for fashion, but only if you don’t need to walk much in those heels on that day.

Also read: How to relieve foot pain from wearing high heels

How to relieve foot pain from wearing high heels

6      Go for open-toe heels

Open-toe or peep-toe heels gives more ‘breathing’ space for the toes. The toes would sweat less or at least the sweat will evaporate away easily. Moreover you would be able to wiggle your toes freely when you are wearing open-toe heels.

Also read: 10 Best practices for wearing high heels

10 Best practices for wearing high heels

7      Choose shoes with your natural heel height

High heels which are having heel height greater than your natural heel height would not be friendly to your feet. It is always advisable to stay within the limits of your natural heel height.

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What type of high heels to wear while attending wedding

8      Avoid pointed toe heels

Pointed toe heels would be in fact pulling your toes together and cause foot pain. In the long run it may even cause toe deformities. Your toes would sweat a lot as well in this type of high heel shoes. It is advisable to avoid pointed-toe heels even if you are not walking too much in them. Even sitting while wearing them can cause problems for your feet.

Also read: How to clean high heels properly

How to clean high heels properly

9      Select high heel sandals with broader straps

When you select high heel sandals, go for the ones with broad straps. If you go for narrow straps they may press down hard on your delicate skin of the upper part of the foot. This can leave marks on your feet. Broder straps would provide more comfort to your feet while walking as well as sitting or standing.

Also read: How to measure your ‘natural’ heel height

How to measure your ‘natural’ heel height

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