Finding cute and comfy high heels can be a challenge. This is mainly because most designers focus on design, as it’s the most economical way to produce a pair of shoes. You’d be surprised how many of these pumps are mass produced in gigantic factories in Asia then sold for 500% profit all over the world. Yes, they may look cute, but gosh, because they are so cheaply made, they can be so hard to walk on!
So what is the Solution?
The only way to steer away from those hard to walk on high heels is to look for high heels with built-in comfort technologies. This is your safest bet as these heels and technologies have been created in a laboratory environment and tested under strict measures by scientists for comfort. Secondary to the latter, if you happen to be at the mall or any shoe boutique and you must purchase some heels, use these Shoe Testing Strategies to help you find a more comfortable pair of pumps:
1. Decreased Shoe Slope:
The steeper the slope of the shoe, the more uncomfortable it can become hours in it. A good measurement is to measure the distance between the heel and the ball of the shoe. The wider the distance, the more comfortable the shoe. Conversely, the closer the distance between the heel and the ball of the shoe, the steeper the slope and more uncomfortable the shoe can be. Another option is to look for platform heels, as they can help with decreasing the incline of the slope by centimeters to inches and help you walk just a little longer and gracefully.
2. Breathable Upper, Lining, and Insoles:
Have you ever had heels in which your feet slid or sweat so much and you walked in them so uncomfortably? This is a breathability issue. Chances are the upper, lining, and insole are made from cheap products like polyester or plastic. Man made materials unfortunately aren’t breathable. The solution is to check your next pair of shoes for LEATHER upper, lining, and insoles. Leather is a breathable material used in higher end shoes for this same reason. Yes, this comes with an added price tag, but if you had to choose between having slippery sweaty feet for 8 hours or having more stable and drier feet the entire day, it might just be worth choosing Leather upper, lining and insoles.
3. Extra Cushioning in the Ball and Heel:
There are so many reasons for foot fatigue when wearing high heels. However, there are two major key areas your foot stresses the most when walking on heels and are responsible for the overall fatigue of your foot-the ball and heel. For the average woman, over 100lbs of her weight is dropped to the ball of her foot and heel every single time she takes a step. The shoe heel, that long slender to thick piece of compound attached to the shoe, is responsible for helping you take that step all the while balancing your weight and movement simultaneously. To help avoid stressing the foot while on high heels, it’s recommended that women wear heels with extra padding on the ball and heel. Proper cushioning will help you last longer on those cute pumps and help you keep your feet supported in all the key areas.
4. Heel Shock Absorption:
While finding heels with extra padding can aid with heel comfort, there’s still one extra key feature most footwear designers fail to address in their footwear lines-heel shock absorption. The heel is the largest bone in the foot, and therefore, it absorbs the most amounts of shock and pressure. Heel pain can feel crippling, so avoiding the wrong shoes and finding the right shoes that have heel shock absorption properties and are made of sturdy yet softer compounds can help avoid heel shock pain.
5. Lightweight and Flexible:
A comfortable high heel will be as ergonomic as possible. Hard and rigid pumps will promote foot fatigue FAST! Find high heels that are made with lightweight compounds and are flexible to move with your foot’s steps and curves. A good test is to hold the shoe in both your hands, feel its weight, and fold it inward to test for flexibility. The lighter it feels and the more flexible it is, the more comfortable the high heel will be.