Wearing high heels definitely ‘upgrades’ our look. So we normally go for high heel shopping keeping mostly the looks in mind. This may result in having a few pairs of ‘unfitting’ heels in our shoe collection.
Hence it is definitely worthwhile to have a recheck of all our high heels to see if all of them are of right size for us. Here we are outlining how we can go about this ‘recheck’.
This recheck can be done in two phases, as follows
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1 Measuring your feet
2 Trying out your high heels
Both these phases are explained in detail below.
1 Measuring your feet
Measuring can be done in two ways – either at the shop (shoe store) or by yourself.
a. Getting measured at shop
Many shops will have a foot measuring device. You can ask the sales person to get your feet measured before starting the shoe shopping. Even if there are no measuring devices available at the store, you can request help from the sales person to get your feet measured.
b. Measuring them yourself
You can measure your feet yourself at home. In order to do this, take a piece of paper which is bigger than your foot. You can place your foot on the paper and then trace the outline of your foot using a pen or a pencil. Do the same for the other foot on another piece of paper.
Then place one end of the ruler on the back of the heel on the paper and measure the farthest point, at the tip of the toes. Do the same for the other foot.
Take the bigger measurement. This gives you the actual measurement of your feet. This measurement needs to be converted into ‘size’. Different countries follow different standards for this. See the size chart below as reference.
2 Trying out your high heels
This phase consists of several steps, which you can read below.
i Put the heels on your feet
Slide your feet into the high heels and fasten the straps or buckles if any. At this time you will get the first indication if the high heel fits. Your feet should fit snugly into the heels.
- If you struggle too much to fit your feet into the heels, the heels are probably too small. In this case, you most likely need to go for the next size.
- If your feet slide into the heels too easily, and there is a lot of room between the insides of the heels and your feet, the heels may be too big. In this case, you most likely need to go for a smaller size.
ii Stand up in the heels
Once the heels are on your feet, stand up straight and observe how your feet feel. Do you get a pinching feeling anywhere? Is any part of your foot (toes, sides or heel) hanging off or outside of the shoe? Are there any areas of the shoe that are not making contact with your foot that should?
If you feel any immediate discomfort or exceptional looseness even before walking in the high heels, you can safely assume that you need to consider a different shoe size.
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iii Inspect the heel area
While standing, the heel of the shoe should rest on your skin. If there is any room between the skin of your heel and the heel of the shoe, it should not be more than about 0.5 cm.
That is because while wearing heels, your feet are likely to expand and swell. Providing a space of about 0.5 cm between your heel and the shoe, you give yourself room for your foot to expand comfortably. In case you are trying out the high heels after walking a lot then you don’t need to give this allowance for expansion.
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If the heel of the shoe is cutting into or squeezing the skin of your heel, the shoe is probably too small. Wearing high heels that are too small can give you cuts and blisters on your feet.
- If your foot is sliding or lifting out of the back of the shoe, or there is more than 0.5 cm of room between your heel and the heel of the shoe, the shoe is probably bigger than what you need. Wearing heels that are too big makes for too much movement in the shoe. This movement creates friction between your skin and the heel that can too cause blisters.
iv Inspect the toe area
While standing, your toes should be almost at the front tip of the shoe. This can vary since there are closed-toe, peep-toe and open-toe high heels. However, regardless of the toe style of the high heel, your toes should feel comfortable in the shoe. Are your toes are struggling inside the shoe with little to no wriggle room?
If you can see your toes, do they look red or purple? Does the upper, top part of your foot bulge outward from the shoe? Your toes should definitely fit securely in the front of the toe area of the shoe, but should have a little bit of spacing to wiggle your toes.
- If the heels clearly feel too tight and uncomfortable in the toe area, they are probably too small.
- If your toes have too much wiggle space (if you can move your toes around significantly), the heels are most likely too big for your feet.
v Inspect the sides of your feet
While standing, the sides of your feet should remain mostly within the high heel. This means that the sides of your feet should touch the inside edges of the heel comfortably. Your feet should not bulge out from the sides of the heel, and there should be no excessive space between the edges of your feet and the insides of your heel. Excessive space on the edges of the heel means you can comfortably fit a finger in between your foot and the heel of the shoe.
- If your foot bulges out from the high heel, or exceeds any of it’s natural boundaries, the shoe is most likely too small.
- If there is excessive space between the sides of your feet and the inside edges of the heel, the heel is probably too big.
vi Walk around in the high heels
You cannot fully understand how the high heels fit until you really walking around in them. Make sure you fasten both of the heels to the same tightness if there are straps around, and walk on carpet as well as hard surface. If you walk only on carpeted floor while in the shop, you may feel all comfortable during that time and when you walk on real surfaces problems can crop up. So walk on hard surface as well, while being in the shop itself.
Remember to inspect the key fitting areas of the high heels (heel, toes and sides) as you walk around. Most often, uncomfortable rubbing or noticeable spacing becomes evident while walking around with the shoes on. That is why walking in the heels before you buy them is so important, and most importantly walking on hard surfaces.
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