5 ways to tell beforehand your heels will hurt

Sole isn't flat

Where is the sole going?


Heels can be quite frightening. Everybody knows the fear of having to wear heels all day, because it is expected…Well…here are 5 ways to tell your heels are gonna hurt…Just get smarter about heel purchases.

1. Shape of the sole

Look at the shape of the sole. If the sole of the heel is slightly going upwards in the direction of the toes, you know this is bad!
This means you will get the Geisha-walk. Unless, you want this, don’t buy shoes that have a sole that is way to stiff and isn’t properly flattened out.

2. Avoid stiff heels

Manufacturers put a stiffening agent in the heel area, or the counter of the shoe, so it retains its shape. The stiff nature of the counter makes it a prime spot for friction and blisters.

Opt for shoes made of real leather or suede, because it’s more pliable than synthetic materials, and will mould to the shape of your foot, thus reducing chafing after a few wears.

3. Don’t buy too small (you know you do)

You shoes are guaranteed to hurt if you buy them too small! There should be a thumb’s width from the front of the inside of your shoe to the end of your longest toe. Leaving this bit of space is crucial for your foot to have a little wiggle room when it moves in the shoe, rather than forcing it to create friction against the sides.

4. Walk around – the whole store

Don’t just stand up in the shoes and walk a couple steps, go for a cruise around the store. In department stores, the shoe sales floor is specially padded to heighten the appearance of comfort, so it helps to walk out of the area—if it’s available, try walking on tile.

Secondly, close your eyes so your sense of touch is heightened, and focus on how your feet feel. Look out for pressure at particular points, which is a sign of future blisters.

5. Buy at the end of the day

Your foot expands slightly throughout the day, especially in the summer, so if possible try to shop for shoes toward the end of the day. If you buy shoes in the morning when your foot is at its slimmest, they may be too tight by the end of the day.

Happy Walking!

Source (edited): WhoWhatWear