With New York Fashion Week and the amazing shoes, I was thinking of a close girlfriend who wears heels all the time. No, she doesn’t just wear them, she ROCKS them. And she’s able to do this ALL. THE. TIME. There are some women who are able to do this. Sadly, my feet don’t allow me to be one of these women. Given how much I love love love a fantastic heel; I consider this a cosmic injustice.
Feel the same?
Fortunately, those of us not blessed with Cinderella-type feet for which it seems Valentino heels were created (oooh you people know you are), we don’t have to choose between discomfort and well…DRAB. With some strategic shopping and some extra info, you can wear your KILLER heels–without killing your feet.
When I’m in the ER, I may be working to save lives—but today, I’m working to SAVE YOUR FEET (and fashion, because my dear, it does make the outfit!) Read below for part 1 of 2—more to come!
(1) Buy for YOUR foot shape. Not every foot will fit into the same glass slipper. Happily, there are plenty of glass slippers (i.e. different brands) around! Different designers tend to fit feet that are more wide, or narrow. Chanel, Prada, and Yves St Laurent, Nine West, and Stuart Weitzman all make a wider shoe, DSW.com and Zappos both have special “Wide Width” entire categories! So, find the brands that work for you, and stick to them. Shoes with a wider toe box are more likely to be comfortable than those (yes, beautiful) narrow, pointy-ended toed shoes.
(2) If all else fails, blame your parents. Genetics are one of the biggest contributors to foot size–and one’s tendency to develop bunions (yuck!). Physicians have long held that shoes are the primary cause of bad bunions, but research have shown that even in populations that go barefoot, women still are more likely to get them. If your mother has bad bunions, then you probably will too. Ah, the injustice. Am I saying it’s hopeless?? Not at all. It just means you need to be careful, and focus on heels that fit, do not have too steep of an angle, and give your feet a break occasionally, especially if the women in your family have a tendency to get these painful bunions .
(3) Avoid shoes that have decorative stitching or seams anywhere that rubs your foot.
(4) If they don’t fit before you break them in, then they wont fit AFTER. Take a pair home and walk around in them (on carpet). If you start to feel any blisters/aching, take ’em back!
(5) Shop for wedges and platforms–these will give you less of a steep angle (the “slope” or “pitch”) from your heel to toe, making for a better stride and comfortable shoe. Then just avoid walking in the Beacon Hill cobblestones–ankle disaster! The less steep angle is also better for your posture–meaning your back, and knees. If you cannot maintain a good posture while walking in them, then they’re too steep. Sorry, Lady Gaga.
….stay tuned for Part 2, on how to WEAR them and what to do AFTER you take them off to keep your tootsies feeling as sublime as you look.