Are you in a monogamous relationship with high heels? Don’t worry – this isn’t an intervention. We know that flats aren’t for everyone and for some people, the added height and confidence you get from a heel is a must have for every day. But all of the amazing benefits of wearing heels do not come without a trade off, and as most high heel enthusiasts will know – beauty is pain. Follow our 10 tips to the heel buying process and keep those blisters at bay for good!
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1. Make sure the shoe fits
This may seem blatantly obvious but we know that such a detail is often forgotten in the whirlwind romance of buying a pair of heels. They are so pretty that you can forgive them for cutting off the circulation in your toes and making you walk around like Quasimodo. If they don’t fit, don’t buy them! We guarantee you they will be left to gather dust in your closet.
2. Opt for an open toe
Heels with an enclosed toe may be super fashionable at the moment but they aren’t necessarily the most foot friendly option. The more open the toe the more comfortable the heels will be hour after hour. This is because your feet have a bit more room to swell and your toes are getting the air they need and extra space to wiggle.
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3. Put down the pleather
Natural fibres are more flexible than their synthetic counterparts, which always make for a more comfortable heel. Yes, you may pay a little more for genuine leather or suede, but the trade off is a shoe that moulds itself to your foot and its natural curves. The use of good materials is also an indicator of the overall quality of the shoe, so you can rest assured that your new investments wont fall apart after one night on the town.
4. Get your heel height right
Your balance of weight should always be even between the heel and the ball of your foot. Getting this balance right ensures that you are protecting your knees, back and hips from damage. It also means that you can walk naturally and without discomfort. Any heel over 12 cm high distributes 85% of your body weight on the ball of your foot. If you aren’t willing to trade in for a shorter pair, ensure that they have a platform to balance out your body weight.
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So, now that you know the tricks to purchasing the perfect heels, why not get shopping?! Shop our edit of the best heels below.
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