At Feet First Clinic, we’re all about foot health and choosing comfortable shoes. But sometimes we just want to have fun with footwear and select a shoe that makes us look great! That’s where high heels come into the picture.
Due to notorious narrow toe boxes and their unstable nature, heels can lead to bunions, ingrown toenails, musculoskeletal pain and injury, and other issues. But a shoe with a heel doesn’t always have to be a recipe for trouble. These days, there are several ways you can balance stylish flair with proper foot health – you just have to follow three simple tips!
Top 3 Tips for Wearing High Heels
- Choose comfortable high heel options
- Know when to wear high heels
- Choose a lower heel
Choose Comfortable High Heel Options
Who said high heels have to be tight, narrow stilettos? In 2023, certain types of heels and wedges can be considered comfortable footwear. Brands like ara construct women’s pumps and heeled boots with the same technology and materials they use to make other shoes.
It’s also important to note that you can take high heel comfort to the next level by choosing a shoe that allows you to wear them with your favourite inserts. This adds an extra layer of comfort, protects the vulnerable areas on the bottom of the foot, and can prevent muscle strain.
Know When to Wear High Heels
Wearing heels safely means understanding that in order to preserve foot health, there is a time and a place to wear them.
Don’t wear high heels…
- At work.
- On a walk / during periods where a lot of walking is required.
- For the duration of your day.
- When you have to walk on slippery or uneven surfaces.
- During pregnancy. This can worsen the strain women already feel in their feet and back.
Consider high heels…
- For a special event, like a dinner date, where walking is limited.
- For shorter periods, like 2-3 hours.
- At a party or gathering, but bring a pair of back up shoes to change into if your feet start to hurt.
Choose a Lower, Thicker Heel
A shorter, thicker heel can protect you from potential falls and injuries while still giving you that height boost you’re looking for. Furthermore, shorter heels offer better stability and are easier to walk in for most people. Higher heels can make it challenging to maintain balance, especially if you’re not accustomed to wearing them.
Lastly, higher heels can be flimsy, narrow and more susceptible to damage and cracking in half than a shorter, thicker heel.