Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Comfy Feet Are Happy Feet

It's been a long day at work and you look forward to nothing more than getting home and getting out of those uncomfortable shoes. You probably have certain shoes that you wear specifically with certain outfits so there is no compromising by putting on a different shoe. So now we have to figure out how to get the stylish look plus comfort.

Many women love to wear high heels. The problem is, high heels create uncomfortable feet, especially with the trend of 4 inch or taller high heels. High heels put a lot of stress on the toes and ball of the foot. Bunions are created and or worsened by high heels. Although you really want to look good wearing high heels, you might not wear them because it just hurts too much.

Here are a few tips on how to wear high heels and be a little more comfy. First, if you want to wear a pump with a 4 inch heel, find one with a taller platform height. The platform height is the measurement of the sole of your shoe between the ground and the ball of your foot. Let's say you buy a 4 inch heel pump that has a platform height of an inch. If the ball of your foot is an inch off the ground, your heel will only be 3 inches higher than the ball of your foot. The heel will still be 4 inches off the ground but the angle of your foot won't be as steep because of the added extra inch on the platform height. The reduced angle on the foot equals less stress on the feet and toes.

If your toes become numb or painful, your shoes are probably too tight. There have been times when I have bought a pair of shoes hoping that they would stretch after a few wears. Some times they have and some times they haven't. The times where they didn't stretch, those shoes were discarded never to be worn again.

Here's a trick on helping you find the perfect fit for your ladies shoes. If the shoe is too wide and there isn't a narrow width, try the shoe a half size smaller. If the shoe is too narrow and there isn't a wide width, then try the shoe a half size bigger.

Kathryn Staley loves to write about women's fashion, especially women's shoes. You can find other articles on her blog site at

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