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Good News: Pain Free Heels Do Exist!

I LOVE high heeled shoes, the higher the better has always been my motto. As we all know, however, the higher the heels, the more painful the journey.

In their August issue, Shop, Etc magazine did an awesome spread on "Heels That Don't Hurt" showcasing over 40 pairs of gorgeous high heels that are supposedly pain-free. They also offered these tips while shopping for your pair of comfortable stilettos:

  • Go For Padding - When looking for a shoe, press your thumb along the ball of the foot area and the arch. If your thumb springs back, the padding is sufficient
  • Look For Rubber Soles - Rubber soles prevent your feet from slipping out and allow the sole to grip the floor, which increases comfort. Rubber is also very pliable and has properties that allow it to conform to the foot and stretch
  • Keep it Real - Natural fibers like leather allow the shoe to breath whereas synthetic tops and insoles lead to blisters
  • Stay on Your Toes - Opt for open-toed or round-toed shoes vs. pointy ones. When wearing an enclosed round-toe, make sure there is one thumb's width from the end of the shoe to the big toe when you are standing
  • Go Out on a Wedge - Stacked, thicker heels such as wedges are best, as they stabilize your weight and keep pressure off the balls of your foot.
  • Time It Right - Always shop for shoes at midday because some swelling has already happened by then. If you purchase them at the beginning of the day, they may not fit when you try them on later
  • Comfort is Costly - Natural materials and well-made shoes are not cheap. Experts say scrimp on the rest of your wardrobe to make sure your shoes are as comfortable as possible
  • Shop Etc recommends 40 great pairs of shoes, to see a few of my favorites,

    KORS Michael Kors "Lyric", $220.00, Available here

    Cole Haan "Tallah" Pump, $225.00, Available here

    Kate Spade "Karolina", $250.00, Available here

    Ashley Dearborn, "Coco" Quilted Wedges, $230.00, Available here after September 1st.

    C Label, "Darlene" Wedges, $209.00, Available here

    Coach, "Danna" Pumps, $218.00, Available here

Join The Conversation
arielsierra arielsierra 9 years
I have Michael Kors glittery wooden spike heel shoes and once of the things that really convinced me to buy them was how comfortable they actually were. However, I have 3 pairs of Coach shoes, a wedge, and 2 flat pairs and they are all ridiculously painful.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 11 years
No Jennifer...comfort is a luxury not a necessity
highsociety1 highsociety1 11 years
The key to wearing comfortable pointy heels is to go up half a size (sometimes, a full size). I've always found Coach shoes very comfortable.
lesocialite lesocialite 11 years
i almost like them all.
Tiinnaaaa Tiinnaaaa 11 years
um.. i didnt like any of those shoes.. :/
eye173candy eye173candy 11 years
Omg.. I want the MKs and C Labels... I might buy a bunch of things I really dont need when I fly to Miami on Friday... Mr. Matt is taking me there because I told him I needed to go shopping before the good old Italy trip. Im too spoiled. XO Sarah <3
girly_girl girly_girl 11 years
I love Michael Kors' Lyric...nothing beats comfy heels!
FrugalFranny FrugalFranny 11 years
I bought some boots whioch are a bit uncomforatable. I put in those gel pads but it only really takes the pain down from crippling to barely bareable.
jennifer76 jennifer76 11 years
I have to admit that I'm not particularly concerned about comfort. Is that weird?
jennifer76 jennifer76 11 years
I love the MKs and the C Labels! I already have a shoe that looks just like the Kate Spades. Wish mine were Kate Spades, though! :)
MissRobinson MissRobinson 11 years
Wow, I love them all. I want them all. How many pairs of shoes does a normal person own?
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 11 years
In love with the C label shoes...might get those babes shipped to the UK.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 11 years
the 'tallah' shoes are cute*
fashionaza fashionaza 11 years
I tried on a pair of Michael Kors pumps today and they were really comfy...I have no choice but to wear high heels since i am short :( 5 2"
t0xxic t0xxic 11 years
Cute but once again out of my price range.
yayita yayita 11 years
some are cute
Fashiondiva91 Fashiondiva91 11 years
I actually like the quilted wedge pumps
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 11 years
discover INSOLIAS. those are truly magical
Adriana42 Adriana42 11 years
they're all ugly..i'll stick with cute shoes that hurt :)
tra tra 11 years
The Kors are the only ones I'd wear...I'll suffer and have rockin' heels!
Super_Fly Super_Fly 11 years
I want the Kors....can we have a drawing?
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 11 years
I love the Kors. They look sophisticated but flirty. I would rock those wedges paired with a summery dress.
ToomuchAwesomeness ToomuchAwesomeness 11 years
Love the Michael Kors shoes. I might have to make a trip to the mall during lunch!!
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 11 years
Those Micheal Kors shoes are too cute! Loving them!
TruJrzyGirl TruJrzyGirl 11 years
I still like my shoes pointy ... Although I like those C Labels ...
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