Fashion Passion: How High are Your Heels?

How High are Your Heels?

By Joanne Troppello

Pumps. Stilettos. Kitten heels. Wedge heels. Peep toe heels. High heeled boots. There are so many different styles of heels, which are expertly detailed in this article: 25 Types of Heels: The Ultimate Guide published by Clickless.

I like a nice pair of heels, but I am not the fashionista type who wears 5-8” stilettos. If I did, I’d probably fall over and break a leg. I prefer stylish loafers or Kitten heels.

Anything that looks nice, but maximizes the comfort of my feet is my kind of shoe.

My sister, on the other hand, has learned the art of sporting these high heels. I give her credit and she looks fabulous while wearing them!

Many guys love it when women wear high heels. Many women enjoy wearing them—or at least like the way they look—while complaining how much their feet hurt after a day of wearing heels. Yet, do we realize how these heels are hurting our feet?

When I was deciding on a post for today, I found this article, The Worst Shoes for Your Feet and just had to write a column about it. According to this article, Dr. Hillary Brenner (a podiatrist) said, “We podiatrists like to call it shoe-icide.

She is speaking about the culprit of ultra-high heels and the adverse effects on your feet and ankles—causing anything from chronic foot pain to ankle sprains.

So, the next time you step into your favorite pumps or stylish stilettos, take a moment to think about the damage you could be doing to your feet.

This article delves into various issues with different shoe types. For example, ballet flats have no arch support and can cause knee, hip and back problems. It is suggested to use ortho inserts which are a good solution for ballet flats.

Two-inch heels like the average pump, which vary from 2-3 inches, are best if you’d like to wear heels. Even one-inch Kitten heels are good and have some arch support. However, even these types of heels should be worn in moderation. Chunky heels reduce the tripping hazards of stilettos, but stress the ball of the foot.

Stilettos are the major culprit of chronic foot pain.

Best Shoes to Wear

Dr. Brenner suggests wearing ‘fitted’ flip-flops or sandals in the warmer weather instead of thin flip-flops. Flatter platforms are better to wear than higher platform shoes. Make sure to look for a wider wedge that is parallel to the ground. Wear wide-toed shoes rather than pointy ones which can cause bunions, blisters, and nerve pain.

According to Dr. Brenner, the best recommendation for heels is a performance pump that is more comfortable rather than stylish. They generally have reinforced heels, are more athletically designed, and provide extra space for your toes.

Don’t forget to check out the article by Dr. Hillary Brenner, which provides excellent advice on shoes and the effects on what you wear on your feet.

So, what types of heels do you prefer wearing? Do you value comfort over style? Does style trump comfort in your shoe preferences?

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