Admit it, you love high heels, especially those stilettos with really thin and high tempering heels. They look so sexy and ultra feminine, don’t they? According to high-fashion shoe websites like Jimmy Choo and Gucci, a “low heel” is considered less than 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters), while heels between 2.5 and 3.5 inches (6.4 and 8.9 cm) are considered “mid heels”, and anything over that is considered a “high heel”. Comfortable heels seem to be so hard to find.
There’s nothing sexier than a great pair of high heels—that is, if you can master walking in them. Why do they have to hurt so much to wear? And, it seems like the prettier they are, the harder they are to wear. The higher and thinner the heel, the worse it is for your foot. According to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), nearly half of all women wear high heels. And they are wreaking havoc on their bodies. The same APMA survey reports that 71 percent of us complain that our feet hurt in high heels — and the impact of wearing heels goes far beyond foot discomfort. High heel pain is a dilemma for every woman in today’s age, and comfortable heels are in high demand.
When we put our foot in a heel, the weight distribution gets shifted forward. Instead of your foot being planted flat on the ground like we’re intended to walk, the weight gets shifted to the ball of your foot. In order to compensate for that, the knees and hips jut forward and the back hyperextends to counterbalance.
That explains the pain and discomfort we feel if we wear high heels too long. Still, heels are part of our life that we cannot live without-in fact, a lot of us do still prefer to, or sometimes even have to, wear heels (think a hot date night). For some it is the extra height, and others, it is simply the sex appeal. Are there ways to reduce, or even eliminate, such pain? Follow the following 6 tips to make high heels comfortable. Your feet will feel a lot better at the end of the night when you kick off your high heels.