How to Choose the Perfect High Heel Shoes for Your Feet

Laura Tolentino

Woman in yellow high heels shoes.

Did you know that 77% of people experience foot pain? Many conditions like calluses, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, and hammertoes can all be caused by wearing high heel shoes. That’s why it is important to understand how the ins and outs of this kind of shoe. 

Do you find yourself always complaining about your painful high heel shoes? Luckily, there are solutions out there to end your sartorial style-suffering. Learn more about perfecting the fit of your high heels to find the right pair.

Reconsider Your Heel Height

It may sound obvious, but one of the most common issues in high heel shoes for women is height. The higher the heel, the more strain it puts on your feet. So swapping out your 4-inch heels for a 3-inch pair could make a significant difference. 

Choose the Right Silhouette 

The next step is to choose the right silhouette for your type of foot. Do you have wide feet? Then no matter how cute those red high heel shoes are, they are going to be too tight if they have a narrow footbed–so look for a wider toe box to avoid crowding and discomfort. 

Check the Weight Distribution

One of the key ways to tell if a shoe will be comfortable is to gauge the weight distribution. When you try on your next pair of black high heel shoes, check to see if your weight is evenly distributed between the ball of your feet and the front. If your weight is tipped disproportionately between one area or the other, then it will cause pain. 

Add Memory Foam

Another way to be kind to your feet is to add a memory foam bed to your shoe. It will help cushion the bottom of your foot and provide you with stable and slip-free support. Just make sure that you have at least 3/8-1/2 of an inch of space left between your toes and the shoe. 

Avoid Chafing Straps

While strappy heels are a cute look for any season, try to avoid ones that will chafe and dig into your skin. Straps can provide more stability by securing your ankle or heel to the shoe, but they can work against you if they are uncomfortable. 

Look For Alternatives To High Heel Shoes

Have you ever considered giving your feet a break every now and then? If you want to give your feet a holiday from heels, opt for a pair of classic shoes like Keds, Converse, or Jordans. Whether they are real or fake your feet will thank you for a day or two spent in comfortable but stylish sneakers! 

Ready To Find Your Perfect High Heel Shoes? 

Now that you’ve learned about how to get the perfect fit in high heel shoes, you can find a pair that is a good match for your feet. When you try them on, check the weight distribution before purchasing them. And you can make old heels more comfortable with inserts. 

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