Women’s High Heel Shoes – High Heel Shoes Truths and Myths for All Women

Since the invention of high heels in the 16th century, women have endured the pains associated with these items of fashion. High heels, however, are not torture items (as some women perceive them); they contribute greatly to the feminine way of life. Higher heels can add inches of height, elongate your legs, and make you feel extremely sexy. Your posture improves as you balance on your 3-inch heels and men definitely notice. Many women see high heels and immediately run, but the truth is, most women can wear heels, if they know how.

Don’t be overwhelmed when shopping for women’s high heel shoes, you don’t have to be psychic to know which heels will be wearable. You must avoid the killer heels that rub in every direction and kill after 10 minutes. When some women buy these killer heels, they get turned off to all heels. This, however, is avoidable. Always walk around the shoe store with both heels on before making your decision. The heels that surprise you with their comfort are the heels that will last you in the office or on the dance floor. If you love them, get them.

There are different heels for different occasions. You can wear some dressier and daring heels with black slacks to work, under flirty skirts to a party, or even thrown under jeans for a trip to the mall. Anyway you wear them, high heels demand attention.

There are tricks to tackling skyscraping heels in a work environment where you are constantly on your feet. A well fitting shoe will be comfortable for about two to three hours. Then, during your lunch break or time sitting behind your computer switch to flip-flops or just relax your feet for 10 to 15 min. This will allow your feet to stop aching and any stress swelling to go down. After this break, your feet should be relatively comfortable for another few hours with heels. You might think this is a lot of trouble just to wear some fancy shoes but the truth is that heels make you look and feel great and even increase self esteem, something that the working woman may appreciate.

There is no reason a woman should deny herself a pair of sexy heels. Whether you choose small yet fashionable kitten heels or skyscrapers. There are occasions and many reasons for heels and even a strategy for conquering the foot pain associated with them. If you love them buy them!

My Love Affair With High Heel Shoes

I have a confession to make.

For years, I’ve been having a love affair.

Yes, I’ve been having an affair… with high heel shoes. I love them. I love them the way some people love food or their pets.

Shoes have become such an important part of my life. Saying I am fond of them is an understatement. I love them so much that if any of my heels came up missing, I’d call the police, give them a description, and file a missing heels report.

If you check my closet, with its neat rows of conservative suits, you will see the shoe collection. It is amazing- a secret source of pride in my private world. I’ve bought at least as many pairs in the last two years as the number of times I’ve blown out candles on my birthday cake. I so relish my treasury of high heels that it had its own coup d’état years ago; my husband’s clothes had to find a home in another closet.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your view), I’m not alone in my fascination with shoes. Cinderella risked everything for her pair of glass slippers, Dorothy’s ruby red pumps were the source of her power, and Carrie Bradshaw conquered both love and New York City in Manolo Blanicks. And then, of course, there was Imelda Marcos.

I prided myself on wearing them even in the corridors of the Georgia Supreme Court when I was the chief justice there. I was often told that my high heels were legendary as they graced the floor beneath my judicial robe. I don’t know about legendary, but they were surely precedent setting when I became the first woman justice to serve on that court.

My intimate relationship with heels began when I was about 16 years old and donned my first pair. It was love at first sight. They elongated my legs, gave tone definition to my calves, and forced my shoulders back when I walked. The heels straightened out my spine, making me seem taller than I actually was. I felt marvelous! Even at that young age, I was learning how empowering femininity could be. The simple act of stepping into a pair of heels helped me step into the challenges of the career I had wanted since I was six years old. I wanted to be a lawyer, and I wanted to be a high-powered, high-heeled one.

I think my ideas about what attire is appropriate for a female attorney took shape from my father, a colonel in the army. Pride of uniform and the meticulous care he took with his uniforms was not lost on me. As with most little girls, I wanted my father to be proud of me, including my deportment as expressed in how I dressed. Coupled with the influence of the genteel society I knew during my growing up years in Savannah, Georgia, my roots for being feminine and successful have been my legal pas de deux throughout my years as an attorney and a judge.

Perhaps the shoes also took on greater meaning for me because of my chosen profession. In a career field dominated by men, with a stringent dress code (dark tailored suits when I was a practicing lawyer; a black robe when I was a judge), heels were the one object that could mark the difference between men and women. They made that statement without saying a word. Heels were my daily ally in a world where I often found myself the lone dissenting voice.

I generally feel better in my beloved heels, even when my feet are hurting. Once, when I was still a judge, another judge remarked that the flat shoes I was wearing “were sensible shoes.” I never wore those shoes again. And now, when I’m in court arguing a case as a lawyer, high heels give me the boost of confidence I need to win because they keep me on my toes by helping me stay sharp-both figuratively and literally. They provide me support and self-assurance not just as an attorney, but also as an attorney who is a woman. Considering that women did not gain wide entry into the legal profession until recent decades, that wonderful feeling of accomplishment silences any small pleadings of pain from down below.

I know, I know. I’ve been told repeatedly that the first thing a person notices on a woman is not her shoes. But what people don’t realize is that if the pumps she’s wearing makes her feel like a queen, everyone’s going to notice her because of the way she carries herself. And for a woman in this field, it takes that kind of queen-like feeling to survive, soar, and succeed. The poor princess in flat shoes is likely to fall flat when she encounters a high-heeled queen exuding confidence in a toe­to-toe courtroom encounter.

This is something else I’ve discovered over the years: How I present myself makes a statement about who I am. My appearance brands me, sets me a notch (or a couple of inches) above, and cries out, “Here is a female who is rockingly feminine–and a powerhouse to boot!”

To a woman who deigns to pump up her legal career in a pair of high heel pumps, I give this advice: you will need to reinforce the mat on the driver’s side of your car if you haven’t already. Otherwise, you’ll eventually drill a hole with that stiletto on those long commutes. Commuter shoes (I wear flats or Uggs) might be another option, but have your heels nearby for any unexpected encounters. If you make it to the judge’s bench, as I did, you have to be careful about slipping your shoes off during court. You wouldn’t want to bump a shoe out of reach and have to search for it when all rise for the dignified departure from the courtroom judges have to make. That happened to me a couple of times, and I had to leave the bench shoeless. Nevertheless, the benefits of heels far outweigh these slight inconveniences.

Yes, I am well aware that many women pay a high physical price for taking high heels as sweethearts over the course of their professional lives. Podiatrists who counsel high heel lovers offer strategies to minimize the problems of this complicated lover’s quarrel. Risk management professionals might even have an algorithm for that. If so, that’s one formula I’d rather not know.

Perhaps that’s why I rationalize still wearing heels at my age with the belief that there is no magic age when a woman has to stop looking beautiful. We all have free license to wear our hair the way we want, wear the clothes we like, and wear our favorite shoes. Men may call this power dressing, but women know the subtle difference. Power dressing has as its goal a successful, quick climb to the top. Woman, on the other hand, know that success has to do with how you feel when you get to the top as much as it does in making it there. Heels or no heels, what’s important is that you find a way not to shed your feminine identity (if femininity is important to you) as you join the ranks of your male colleagues.

My shoe collection has grown with my age as well. So now, at 57 years old, it seems that some of my shoes have outlasted some of my body parts. And although I have days now when my back may want to give up the good fight, I can’t forget that in the 30 years or so that I worked like a dog to break down barriers in my profession, when things looked bleak, it was my heels who made me feel like Hermes, the Greek messenger god who the myth says rode the skies with wings on his feet.

The Painful Truth About Wearing High Heels

For centuries women have been sacrificing comfort for fashion. From corsets to skin-tight jeans many women will try almost anything to look chic and be “in vogue.” While some fashion trends seem harmless, some can be dangerous and cause long-term health problems. One such fashion trend: high heels. High heels have been around since the 16th century where in Europe they were an indicator of wealth and status. Since then, the high heel shoe has remained a popular choice among women as a means of enhancing their stature and sex appeal. Unfortunately, if you’re wearing sky-high heels all the time, you’re putting yourself at risk for significant foot pain and permanent damage.

A survey conducted by the American Pediatric Medical Association showed that 42% of women admitted they’d wear shoes they liked even if they gave them discomfort; 73% admitted already having a shoe-related foot problem.

How High Heels Cause Damage

When you wear high heels – shoes with a heel two inches or higher – your foot slides forward in your shoe, forcing the toes into the unnatural shape of the shoe and redistributing your weight incorrectly. This unnatural position causes you to put pressure on the ball of the foot. As a result, the nerves around the joint in this area may become inflamed and extremely painful. In addition, the increased weight on your toes causes your body to tilt forward, and to compensate, you lean backwards and overarch your back, creating a posture that can strain your knees, hips, and lower back.

Researchers have also found that wearing high heels daily can lead to many other problems such hammer toes, bunions, dislocated or sprained ankles, fractures and ligament tears. Many women who wear high heels often suffer a shortening of the Achilles tendon because once the heel is pointed upwards, the tendon tightens up. Stretching it again or switching to flats can be very painful; it can even lead to plantar fasciitis. This tendon is designed to be flexible, so the foot can lie flat or point. With repetitive wear, you can develop unhealthy patterns that can persist even when you’re not wearing high heels.

Should You Give up Your Heels Forever?

If you can’t bear the thought of parting with your stilettos, try some of the following tips to alleviate your pain and prevent permanent damage.

Wear heels sparingly, since most of their biggest harm comes as a result of repetitive wear.

Choose sensible heels. Choose shoes with heels no more than 2 inches high – and even those should be worn in moderation. Wear heels with a wide heel base; a slightly thicker heel will spread the weight more evenly. Narrow, stiletto-type heels provide little support and may shorten the Achilles tendon.

Wear soft insoles to cushion your feet and reduce impact on your knees.

Pick a shoe with a toe box that’s wide enough to allow you to move your toes.

Wear heels on days that require limited walking or standing.

Alternate your shoe choice throughout the day or from one day to the next. Wearing shoes that allow your body to move naturally during walking will allow your feet, legs, hips and back to stretch.

Take time every day to stretch your calf muscles and feet. Try standing on the edge of a step with your shoes off. With your weight on the balls of your feet and your heels extending off the edge, slowly lower your heels down to stretch.

Tonya Cremin, Physician of Osteopathic Medicine and founder of Fairfield County Integrative Family Medicine and Healing Therapies, provides a whole-life approach to preventive healthcare and care of chronic and acute conditions. Dr. Cremin treats patients with osteopathic manipulation (OMT or OMM), to help with pain or other medical conditions. Additionally, her specialized training allows her to confidently advise patients regarding use of a wide variety of complementary and alternative modalities, including, but not limited to, nutrition advice, use of herbs and supplements, acupuncture, yoga, and hypnosis.

Runners and High Heels

Runners who wear high heels have a higher risk of foot, knee and back injury.

High heels are one of the leading causes of ingrown toenails. The combination of wearing high heels and running can lead to severe problems, more than the average high heels wearer because of additional strain.

Some people have reported, after wearing their heels for a full day then going for a run in the evening, they can feel a bone in the foot stretching. They also feel pain around the ball of the foot. Bone they can feel is the metatarsal bone which is slowly dislocating.

Wearing high heels can cause many physical problems affecting the whole body not just the feet, these includes sprained ankles, back pain, sore hips. The foot problems causes by wearing high heels are hammertoes, bunions, plantar fasciitis, calluses and dislocated toes.

Many people have noticed they feel pain in the knees and calves when running; this is due to their heels and not stretching enough. The Achilles tendon can also feel tight and lead to Achilles damage such as Achilles tendonitis, Achilles sheath damage or in a worse case scenario an Achilles rupture. It is essential and of the utmost importance that runners stretch effectively before and after a run focusing on problem areas such as the Achilles tendon and the calve muscles. The calve muscle is formed by two muscles, the gastronemus and soleus. Either or both of these can be sprained if the runner has an inadequate warm up or warm down routine. For those who run two to three times a week and feel pain in their back and knees, while running or when they have their heels on, should avoid heels they will find the pain is significantly reduces.

Doctors advise runners not to wear heels because the additional stain running puts on the body is worsened by wearing heels all day, it can also cause you to suffer with muscle pain in your calves and lower back. The type of running shoe you wear can add to the problem. The further you run, the laces become looser causing the foot to slide forward increasing the pressure on the toes. This can cause a number of different problems including calluses, hammertoe and joint pain.

Running stimulates small muscles in the calves and legs more than most other workouts. Stretching is crucial for runners as this will reduce the chance of injury. Wearing high heels can worsen already sore, tight muscles.

Inappropriate footwear such as high heels that cause the toes to be squeezed together, can cause a neuroma or pinched nerve, especially in people with flat feet.

Women should avoid high-heeled shoes higher than two inches; shoes higher than two inches can increase pressure on the forefoot area and lead to this nerve problem.

If you love your heels and running don’t worry you don’t need to give them up completely, but you have to be sensible. Limit the time you’re in your heels and you will find your feet feel better.

The Colorful History of the High Heel

When we talk about the invention of high heels, we generally are referring to the first time they were used specifically for fashion. They were in existence for centuries prior to coming into use as a fashion item, primarily for functional purposes only.

Catherine of Medici who lived in the fifteen-hundreds is the person who we credit with the invention of the heel. Her story is interesting.

When she was barely a teenager, she was engaged to the young man who later became the French King. This was, of course, an arranged marriage. Catherine was diminutive and unattractive. Even worse, her betrothed had a mistress who was tall and more appealing than her.

So she used two-inch heels to give herself more height and to add an elegant sway to her walk. The change was apparently a remarkable one, noticed by everyone. Consequently, it caught on and the heels quickly became associated with social status.

About a hundred and fifty years later, King Louis XIV created a law stating that you could only wear red heels if you were of noble blood, and you could not wear heels higher than the King’s. He liked to wear heels that were as high as five inches. At this time the heels were large and wide and he commissioned his favorite artists to paint and etch pictures on them, pictures of his favorite war scenes.

As time went on, the fascination with the human foot intensified and the heels on shoes started to get taller and more slender, similar to the stiletto heels of today.

This trend toward a more slender heel was appealing to women, who found the shoe to be much more feminine than the clunky platform shoes they had evolved from.

Even in the literature of the time there were erotic references to the human foot, with phrases and words such as “finely arched,” and “delicately curved.” Following this trend, women started binding their feet to make them smaller. They started using the high heel to create a what was considered to be a look of refinement and sexual appeal.

This trend did not go unnoticed by the Puritans, and there were laws passed in the American Colonies which specifically prohibited women from using high heels to attract a man. Such a practice was associated with witchcraft. The high heel had reached the status of the magical, and was perceived to be a potential tool of female sorcery.

It’s well-known that the French Revolution did away with many of the self-indulgent and aristocratic fashions, and the heel was a victim of the changes. Because the high heels had become associated with the wealthy class, Napoleon outlawed them in an effort to help eliminate class warfare. That didn’t stop Marie Antoinette from wearing them when she dressed for her own execution, however.

It wasn’t until the mid 1800s that heels recovered from the revolution and came back into fashion. By then, industrial advances such as the sewing machine increased the options in shoe making dramatically and began to have a great impact on styles.

The heels were quite high, like stilettos, and were touted as being beneficial to health because they supposedly improved posture. However, it didn’t go unnoticed that the heel had a sexual appeal and even outside Puritan circles they were considered a tool for ensnaring a man. A derogatory term became associated with the high heel: “poisoned hook.”

The trend of the heel really broke free once it hit America, where people didn’t care about terms like “poisoned hook.” The first high heel factory in America got its start in the 1880s and the high heel quickly became a favorite of American women.

The Recent History of the High Heel

The high heeled shoe experienced two distinct periods in history that were characterized by strong opposition to it. One was in the seventeen hundreds, when the Puritans of the American Colonies decided that high heels were tools of witchcraft and any woman using them to ensnare a man would be executed as a witch; The other was during the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960s, when women decided that high heels were symbols of aggressive male repression and equated them to “handcuffs for the feet” which prohibited a woman from protecting herself from predatory males.

By the time the 1980s rolled around, even many feminists were ready to redefine that position. A philosophical argument emerged that gave women permission to experiment freely with fashion, which included high heels. The difference, as defined by feminists of the time, was that women were choosing to design and wear high heels for their own pleasure and even as a definition of their femininity…on their own terms. Oddly, part of this rediscovery of the high heel was also a re-emergence of the age-old concept that the heels gave a person an appearance of strength and authority. This was not so different from the reasons the high heels were used in the 18th century by the aristocracy and royalty.

The low, wide heels of the 1970s changed into higher heel as the turn of the century approached. The popular shoes of the 80s and 90s were those from a designer called Blahnik, who was dominating the catwalks during those years.

The Yuppy Generation embraced the high heel with enthusiasm. It was almost as if a hunger had been generated during the austerity of the 60s, and the new generation was determined to be satiated. The new fashions in high heel shoes showed up everywhere including television shows, the work place, and the streets.

Designers such as Hope and Choo turned out stiletto heels in a variety of styles and fashions and women ate them up. The late 90s however saw a return to some of the values of the Hippy Era, this time riding on the back of a concern for the environment. The trend turned to simplicity, health, and concepts such as sustainability and somehow the heel seemed out of place in gatherings where the conversation focused on how to fix what was wrong in the world.

This was again a temporary trend. Apparently the female appetite for shoes exceeds altruism, or at least desires to live in peace with it and not in conflict. Whatever the explanation, the heel had returned by the early 2000s.

Now, a decade later, the choices are wide and varied and include the stiletto and the flat and virtually every imaginable style between. We seem to have entered an era that embraces personal choice as a matter of cultural style.

The range of choices include shoes that are new to human eyes, such as the wide varieties of hundreds of athletic shoes which replaced the single tennis shoe of the 1960s, hybrid shoes like the tennis shoe with heels, sandals, flats, toe shoes, and the list goes on and on.

As I’m sure you noticed, heels have not gone away and they’re not likely to any time soon.

Warm Tips to Select Comfortable and Safe High Heels

As is known to all, ladies who ever wore high heels might feel uncomfortable although they could be quite charming wearing those shoes, and even sometimes embarrassment may come to them when they tumble with heeled shoes. However, many ladies still prefer heels to sandals or sport shoes despite the shortcomings, for they couldn’t resist the charm and self-confidence that high heels give. Therefore, it’s essential to search for a pair of high heeled shoes which can give us beauty but also comfort and safety. Then how to buy such a pair of high heels? The following tips may help you to choose a right one.

Firstly, select a pair of appropriate size.

Many pains in toes caused by wearing high heels are due to the excessive sliding forward of soles. So the inside of shoes should allow enough space for your soles to move, otherwise it would increase the pressure to toes and cause pain. And never buy one that bites. The shoes should always be perfectly fitting no matter how costly it is. Or your feet would look cramped in it or very loose and you will walk awkwardly. The first thing you should bear in mind is comfort quotient of the shoes. Open-toed high heels are highly recommended to those who may get pain in toes easily.

Secondly, place your high-heels with cushions.

If you have to stand for a long time with the high-heeled shoes, you are supposed to place cushions in the insoles of shoes. Cushions is a kind of soft and elastic material, which plays a role of a buffer to absorb the shock and force from the ground to feet. And it’s used as a substitute for loss of plantar fat.

Thirdly, wear wide-heeled shoes if you are freshmen.

Don’t wear sexy stiletto heels if you are a freshman! Although a pair of narrow-heeled shoes can offer a better fit, wide-heeled shoes help you obtain a better balance by decentralizing the pressure that weight distributes on the plantar, so you would not feel too stressful. That’s to say, they can give you the perception of more stability when we standing and walking, and prevent you from tumbling.

Fourthly, concern about the slope angles.

The heels’ slope should fit your comfort, that is to say, the slope can’t be too steep. The arch of the slope should be suitable to the curvature of your arches in order to reduce the pain in soles. Generally, 4cm to 7cm high-heels would satisfy you. By the way, alternating high heels of different heights can help reduce pain caused by the problems of Achilles tendon.

If you can follow the tips above, I bet you could avoid the harmful effects of high heels, and you will find that the advantages far outweigh its disadvantages.

Is It Good to Wear High-Heel Shoes Everyday?

High-heel shoes are an inevitable part of women’s life, no matter what kind of person she is. High-heel shoes are the long-lasting pursuit of women at different stages of life. For most women, a pair of beautiful high-heel shoes is always the most deadly temptation. However, whether it is good for women to wear high-heel shoes everyday has caused widely concern among people.

Some people hold that wearing high-heel shoes would bring about beneficial factors into life. The magic attraction of high-heel shoes lies in the dramatic word of sexy. When a woman put on her high heel shoes, she would look taller and more slender. The proportion of her figure would be much more perfect and the graceful curve would distribute a sexy feeling. Wearing a pair of high-heel shoes, a woman would be much pretty and charming. Wearing high-heel shoes could largely beautify the curve of women’s legs, which is a good way to increase temperament. Psychologically, it is definitely an effective way to enhance self-confidence. That’s why many people strongly believe that high-heel shoes are the most powerful sexy weapon of female.

However, others believe that the disadvantages of wearing high-heel shoes far outweigh its advantages. Generally, when a woman wears a pair of high-heel shoes, the weight of the body would be focused on her feet. Since the design of high-heel shoes doesn’t accord with human mechanics and the stress would concentrate on a woman’s toes, it would be easy for her to loss balance, which in return would do harm to her feet. If she doesn’t pay attention to that, it would not only make her feet easy to be ached and strained, but also have a pain on her back. Moreover, it would even cause some inconvenience to her when her tries to walk. People also point out that many women are easy to have a pain in back or knees, but it is hard for those women to believe that all their pains are caused by their sexy high-heel shoes. Besides, wearing high-heel shoes would slow down the walking speed of women and cause some inconvenience in movement.

From what have been discussed above, we know it is hard to wear high-heel shoes. But I firmly believe that wearing high-heel shoes everyday could be as comfortable as wearing casual flat shoes if you choose the right one. You could be both beautiful and comfortable as long as you shop at Soobest.com. We provide you with a variety of fashionable and comfortable high-heel shoes. After shopping at Soobest.com, you would find that wearing high-heel shoes everyday is not so uncomfortable.

Solutions to High Heel Pains

High heels are undeniably sexy and add the missing link when completing that “to die for” look. Whether you are wearing heels in casual dress, for a night on the town or simply during your work day, high heels are an essential part of a woman’s wardrobe. The unfortunate truth, however, is that those same fabulous black pumps also leave behind not so sexy corns, bunions and calluses if worn too much.

With this downside we have continuously looked for ways to avoid wearing our heels when not necessary. These times would include our commute to work, after work, while grocery shopping, on lunch break and more. In order to reduce the amount of time in heels, it is normal to see a woman toting around an extra bag that often times includes a pair of sneakers or other comfortable shoe. This concept works but it is not very convenient or very fashionable most of the time.

Often we sacrifice for fashion and beauty but there are some things we can do in order to minimize the amount of time we are in heels as well as remain fashionable, cute and yes, sexy! Moreover, you need to know what things you really should not be doing so you do not cause even more damage.

Getting Older Is Hard on the Feet

Yes, just add it to the books! Did you know that as you age you lose fat on the bottom of your foot? These fat deposits actually help some of the most important aspects of your feet such as the ball of your foot. Without that extra protection, all of our weight goes on the boney end of the foot and causes extreme pain. Continued stress like this can cause osteoarthritis and stress fractures in your feet.

As more and more women recognize this fact, they look for another alternative. One of the first alternatives people run across is injecting silicone and other such substances in the feet. Although this might sound like a great solution, infection, problems with walking and nerve injury are all real risks. On top of that, this procedure does not tend to last and move around significantly due to the fact that the injections are not designed to handle and endure body weight pressure.

Your High Heel Solutions

So what are the best options available to women who wear high heels on a regular basis? The best way to get the most comfort with your heels is to pay attention to the slope, try a thicker heel, opt for an open toe heel at times to relieve pressure and add cushion to the high heel soles in order to provide more comfort.
Last but not least, get out of the high heels when you can. Try a rollable shoe for an excellent alternative. They are cute, sexy, stylish and very convenient. They roll up when you do not need to use them, slip into a small pouch and then into your purse.

There is no need to have aching feet all the time because you enjoy wearing high heels. With the combination of selecting the right heels, adding cushion and slipping into rollable shoes when you do not need to be in them will translate into a better situation for no foot pain and less visual and inner damage to your feet.

How To Make The Right Choice Buying High Heels

A large number of women love high heels because they make them look and feel sexy. The shoes have a way of adding to a woman’s sway as she walks and they can actually be very empowering when they are worn sensibly. However, it cannot be ignored that high heels can make you suffer, especially when you end up making the wrong shoe choice. Very high shoes can end up stressing the feet and this will not end well and the same goes for shoes that are not the right fit. But by making a few considerations before you make a purchase, your chances of getting high heels that will make you suffer are greatly reduced.

Heel width – There are so many types of high heels and they come with different heel widths. To make sure you make a choice bound to be comfortable for your feet, let your body frame guide you in making the choice. It is advisable for lean women to go for thinner heels and for women with larger frames to choose shoes with thicker heels.

Heel length – When going for high heeled shoes, ensure that you choose a heel length that you can comfortably walk in. Remember the higher the heel, the greater the agony is going to be. High heels have a tendency of causing back, knee and foot pains. You also do not want to end up in heels that can make you topple over or heels that give you an awkward walking style. A good rule should be to start from shorter heels like the 3 inch and 4 inch ones and then work it up as you become used to the shoes.

Sole shoe attachment – It is one of the things that are commonly overlooked, but one that remains to be very important. The soles could either be glued on or sewn on. If you get a glued shoe, then ensure you examine the edges for any peeling signs. For sewn on soles, make sure that the stitching is strongly held. The last thing you want to encounter is a sole that starts coming off after a walk. Even the slightest disconnect between the sole and the shoe can make your walking very uncomfortable and dangerous too.

Heel bottom – It is another area that most women do not think about when they are out shopping for high heels yet it is very important. The material that is used on the bottom of the heel will determine how slippery the shoes are on certain surfaces. To ensure that you do not walk with heels slipping all over the floor and posing dangers to you, try and get shoes that have a rubber in place at the bottom. The strong rubber layer prevents slippage as you strike the ground or floor walking.

Toe design – High heels can be open toed or they can be closed and pointed. Never settle for a shoe that forces your toes together uncomfortably and instead test and select a pair that offers enough room for your toes.