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Tips for Wearing High Heels

In a perfect world women wouldn't be subject to wearing high heels. The world is not perfect and I, for one, love putting on a sexy pair of heels when I can. The problem is that I always have a lingering guilt in my mind about the strain I may be causing to my body.

In case you're like me, even if you're not, here are some tips from The American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society on smart heel wearing:

  • Wear a shorter heel. A 2-inch heel causes less problems than a 4-inch heel. A shorter heel will give an elongated appearance if it is a thin stiletto type rather than a thick or chunky heel.
  • Try to save the use of your high-heeled shoes for functions where you will not be on your feet for extended periods of time; treat them as a limited-privilege accessory.
  • Take your designer shoes to a pedorthist to have them custom fit to your feet. They may be able to stretch the toe box to better accommodate your feet.
  • Try wearing a larger size than usual and insert heel cups into the backs for a better or more comfortable fit.
  • Wear open toe shoes instead of a similarly-styled shoe that causes discomfort in your toes. Partially open toe shoes have become more acceptable in many work environments, allowing you to further customize your shoes to your feet.
  • Remember that however appealing those high-heel, high-fashion shoes are, your feet need to carry you around for a lifetime. Treat them kindly!

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KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
i had bunion surgery on my right foot and i still can't live without my heels! but i agree with the point that you should try to limit them to special occasions. granted, i will consider something a heel occasion while someone else doesn't, but i wear flats now when i know i'll be walking a lot.
PeachBellini PeachBellini 8 years
OMG you guys... You need to buy Insolia if you wear high heels. I think Fit posted on Insolia before but they are a god send....especially for a short person like me who tends to look "stumpy". The best insoles ever. You can get them at CVS or other drug stores i think.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I love heels but I do try and limit when and where I wear them, for example, I don't wear them shopping or other times I'll be walking a lot or on my feet for hours.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
me too Jennifer! And I'm a short girl, so I can't give up my shoes.
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 8 years
I love high heels--no matter how high they make me feel confident and unique
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