Smart Tips for Wearing High Heels
- Wear a shorter heel. A 2-inch heel causes fewer problems than a 4-inch heel. A shorter heel will give an elongated appearance if it is a thin stiletto type rather than a thick or chunky heel.
- Try to save the use of your high-heeled shoes for functions where you will not be on your feet for extended periods of time. Treat them as a limited-privilege accessory.
- Take your designer shoes to a pedorthist to have them custom fit to your feet. A pedorthist may be able to stretch the toe box to better accommodate your feet.
- Try wearing a larger size than usual and insert heel cups into the backs for a better or more comfortable fit.
- Wear open toe shoes instead of a similarly styled shoe that causes discomfort in your toes. Partially open toe shoes have become more acceptable in many work environments, allowing you to further customize your shoes to your feet.
- Remember that however appealing those high heel, high fashion shoes are, your feet and ankles need to carry you around for a lifetime. Treat them kindly!
Source: The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS)