Saturday,22 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1248, (28 May - 3 June 2015)
Saturday,22 September, 2018
Issue 1248, (28 May - 3 June 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Heels without tears

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

Fabulous heels and pain-free feet aren’t mutually exclusive. The pain and discomfort associated with wearing high heels seems to be an age-old problem every woman faces throughout her shoe-filled life. No doubt many of us have insisted on choosing stylish shoes without considering whether or not they’re comfortable. We have to admit that this is a trait we aren’t necessarily proud of.

So, if you still insist on wearing high heels, follow these expert tips to wear stylish shoes without paying the price in comfort.

Wear the right size of shoe. Your foot size changes over the years, especially after having kids. Have your feet measured once a year. Do it now if you’ve never had it done.

Know your foot type. The best way to do the job is to wet your foot then step onto a piece of construction paper. The impression you make will show if your foot is flat or has a high arch.

Avoid thin heels. Stilettos cause your feet to wobble around. On some occasions you might need to wear stilettos, but if you’re wearing them every day you should consider a thicker heel style.

Opt for a rubbery platform. Thin soles will cause you pain on the bottom of your feet. A thicker sole or a little bit of a platform will offset some of the impact when you’re walking. A rubbery kind of material will absorb that impact.

Take breaks and stretch your feet. Kick your shoes off throughout the day and stretch the top of your feet, ankles and toes.

Go for a shoe with more coverage. The more coverage you have on the top of your foot the better. In summer you can try wearing shoes with an ankle strap or a big wide strap across the top. High-heeled boots can do the trick in winter.

Try over-the-counter products for high heels. These include oval-shaped pads that go under the ball of the foot and are usually made of a silicone gel. They combat soreness under the ball of the foot and anchor your foot more steadily in the shoe, thus preventing friction and blisters on your toes.

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