High heels tips

When buying a pair of heels there are a number of things it is important to consider. The wrong pair of shoes can mean hours of pain and can make you look like you are unable to put one leg in front of the other.

Consider heel height.
The height you need is determined by a lot of factors. Are you buying the shoes to go with a pair of long jeans or dress pants ? If so, bring the pants with and try the shoes on with them. You need the bottom of the pant to not hit the floor when you walk but at the same time it can't sway at your ankles for 4-inch heels poking out.

If you are looking to wear heels with a skirt, dress shorts, or capris you will not need to worry about where the hem line sits. Still, heel height can mean the difference between hours of comfort and hours of pain. Try the shoes on and walk around the store. If they pinch, pull or tug at all put them back. Contrary to popular thinking shoes don't stretch enough to make them comfortable. Maybe a flat will mold to your foot but a high heel is less likely to do so. Also if you can't walk around normally in the store do not get the heels. Even with practice it is highly unlikely that you will be able to smooth out your walking enough to look normal and confident in the shoes. When you get home walk around for at least an hour in the shoes. This will let you further test the comfort of the heel height. If your calves or feet ache after just an hour take them back and keep looking.

Consider the platform.
Many high heels these days have a little platform on the front part of the shoe where your toes sit. Most people believe that since this adds even more height to the shoe it will increase your discomfort. But that's wrong. The platform is meant to give you the added height without the added angle of your foot. Additionally, the platform acts as a mini-cushion for your foot. If you are looking for a 3-inch heel or higher buy one with a platform.

Consider the grip.
High heels offer less contact with the ground as a flat does, as a result each step is a little more precarious. Shoes that have slick bottoms in the toe area can make walking, especially on slick, icy, or wet ground, very tricky. So as not to break your ankle, look for shoes that have some sort of gripping ability. Little indents or a rough surface will go a long way in anchoring you to the ground.

Consider the socks or stockings.
You need to try the heels on with the type of stockings you plan to wear. A thick sock is going to feel a lot different than a thin nylon. If you buy a heel when wearing socks, you could slip right out of them when walking in tights. Also some shoes look odd with certain color hosiery. Make sure the color you plan to wear most with the shoes looks good when paired together. Some stores will offer you heel grippers to make the shoe fit a little better. If they are just slightly too big, or if you have one foot larger than the other, ask a sales associate for a heel gripper. This can allow the easy transistion from socks to nylons if you want the heels to be multi-purpose.

Consider color and style.
This goes without saying. Usually you'll have a specific outfit in mind when shopping, but if you are looking for that one pair of classic heels style and color are very important. For the classic heel stay away from things that are super trendy in either hue or design. You might be better off with a basic black, brown, or blue depending upon your wardrobe. If you want something a little more funky try for a silver or gold which tend to go with most outfits and add just the right amount of flair.


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