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Wearing heels


I personally have a hard time wearing high heels.  The highest heel I could wear is about 2.5 inches.  Anything above that is excruciating to walk in.  It's just really frustrating to go into a shoe store...and find an amazing pair of shoes that you simply cannot wear.  Does anyone have the same problem?  Shoe advice would be helpful.
Nov 09, 2008 @ 06:03 pm

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Ali de Bold

Good heels

Do you have problems with your feet? (fallen arches, etc) If it causes you physical pain then that might be why, but if you just mean it is uncomfortable or hard to keep your balance, not all shoes are equal. Cheap shoes can wreak havoc on your feet because they are made to look good not feel good. I love BCBG shoes because they are gorgeous but tend to have more padding, better arch support, etc. Franco Sarto shoes are surprisingly comfortable and if you can afford it, high end designer brands tend to be better constructed as well.

And by the way there is nothing wrong with sticking to a 2.5 " heel. I find that to be the most comfortable height and it still looks sexy. Most of my shoes don't exceed that. I also believe heel height should correspond with your height. If you are 5"0, a 4 inch heel looks ridiculous, whereas a 6 foot gal can wear whatever she wants because her legs are so long.

Nov 10, 2008 @ 10:08 am

Good heels are better...

I agree with misschickie that better quality heels are easier on your feet. When it comes to heels I'm always looking out for quality (and style) but more what's more important is how it feels when you walk in them.

You can try Dr Scholl's For Her products (I am only naming this one because it's the one that came to mind). They make supports and padding for your heels. Heel grips are also nice, because they will prevent you from slipping. Not sure if I would recommend sticking them on a higher end pair of shoes (you cannot remove them) but they are good for the cheaper heels.

Also remember that you can always just bring a big bag with you to change in and out of your heels. I do this all the time! Bring an extra pair of comfortable shoes like flats. Not to say that you cannot wear them all the time when you're walking (if you can do it!). But sometimes it is better to be safe and watch out for yourself and your feet!
Nov 10, 2008 @ 09:57 pm


yeah arches are a problem for me....I actually do have foot problems and should start wearing my orthotics. :(
I also need accept the fate that my stumpy legs will not grow longer *sniffles* but will be very jealous when I see artist next time with her long sexy legs!! >:(
Nov 11, 2008 @ 08:39 pm

HAHA! :$

Ling, you're hilarious! :p

Miss you lots! <3
Nov 14, 2008 @ 07:57 pm


SuperFeet now makes insoles for high heels! Superfeet is my favourite brand of insoles, they are a little expensive but they really work and last. The ladies' dress shoe version is what you'd be looking for. They come in a small black box. You can find them at a sporting goods store or a good shoe store that sells insoles. If fallen arches is an issue, these will help...although you should still be careful about how often you wear heels. If you wear an orthotic for fallen arches...this is likely the issue. Your heels are rolling too far inwards (over-pronation) and so you loose balance easily on such a skinny heel. What you are experiencing is completely normal; most of the population pronates to some degree. Wearing an insole under your arches will keep them upright and improve your balance/comfort. One other small bit of advice would be to get a resistance band and flex your ankles against it to make your ankles stronger (this move also tones your calves).

If it's pain under the balls of your feet (your metatarsals) that bothers you then you could try a little pad from Dr. Scholls, like artist said, right under the ball of your foot.

Take the advice of the other ladies and invest in well made heels. I went out and bought dance pumps...the kind latin dancers use. They are simple and black and costly, but I can dance all night long in them!!!
Nov 28, 2008 @ 04:26 pm

"I wish I was a little bit taller"..YAH RIGHT

How does it hurt?
If i have skinny strappt sandals on it cuts into me and i cant wair them...sometimes if there too skinny my toes go numb...and if the sole is too thin the balls of my feet hurt after 15 minutes...i have size 11 feet! lol so finding nice shoes isint easy lol especially ones that dont hurt too much.

If its the balls of your feet there are some insoles that can help but maybe looking for a slight platform might help...if your not 6 feet tall the extra hght shouldnt bother you lol
Jan 16, 2009 @ 11:47 am

Bringing foot problems to heel-

Pardon the lame title for this reply-- I couldn't resist:)
I work in an office setting and wear heels regardless of the weather. As I prepare taxes, it's seasonal-- essentially 4 months of dressing up with heels every day.
When I initially transitioned to wearing them exclusively, I had a lot of pain throughout my arch, not to mention a couple unsightly dark spots on my skin from the constant contact with the straps. However, after adjusting, I experience no discomfort whatsoever. This took about 3 weeks, and many a night of limping to the car, ripping my heels off my feet, and driving home barefoot, crying like a baby. Okay, I didn't really cry, but I could have. Much like trying a new, particularly punishing exercise regime, you truly have to work through the pain to get your desired results and give your body a chance to acclimate to the new routine.
That being said, wearing heels exclusively is not recommended from a medical standpoint. Back pain, knee problems, and compromised calf muscles can all be results of the balancing act of sporting heels. Your best bet is to wear them until you feel comfortable enough to sprint up stairs (not down, please), boogie down when your favorite song comes on as you make dinner, and balance on one heel as you slip the other into place-- without support. When you've mastered most of these skills, a few hours a day shouldn't have you in footpain hell. Just be sure to spend the rest of the time in sensible flats :)
If your alignment truly doesn't allow you to wear heels whatsoever, there are plenty of adorable flats and boots to complement any outfit in your wardrobe!
Feb 26, 2009 @ 11:17 am


I only have one pair of heels (well actually they're gone, a friend borrowed them to dance in and never brought them back!). They're probably about 2.5 inches. For me it doesn't hurt, but I just can't walk in heels. I feel wobbly. I love the look of heels though, so I try to wear them anyways, but I just fail.

The only ones that hurt me are the boots where there is a huge gap between the heel and where the toe touches the ground. Like your foot is always at an angle so it hurts after a while. I don't know if I'm saying this properly, but yeah there's a certain type of boot that tends to hurt me. And I don't have any real problems with my feet besides bunyons (big toe curving towards the other toes). So my feet don't generally hurt me.

*Sigh* Heels look lovely.
Feb 26, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

Love hells...i mean heels...

I love heels! They look gorgeous and do amazing things for your legs. However they were undoubtedly constructed by men. No woman in her right mind would design those torture devices for women
Mar 03, 2009 @ 07:11 pm

gel soles

i find it hard carrying two pair of shoes. I also love heels but hate the discomfort. I bought soft gel soles and use those in my uncofmy, and it really does help so why not try that.

Mar 10, 2009 @ 07:30 pm

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