Every Shoe Is DifferentThere’s not one rule for them all. From court shoes to slingbacks and peeptoes to platforms, heels are like people. They all look different, feel different and have their own personality. So approach with caution. Just because your trusty ankle straps once served you well, doesn’t mean that new pair in store will follow suit.
Practice Makes PerfectJust like most things, practising walking in heels will help. Wearing heels is a great workout for your calves, helps your posture and will improve your heel walking confidence. Wear around the house or office to break in but be prepared for pain – this ain’t no honeymoon period.
It's Not How Big It IsOkay, okay, size DOES play a small part in heel pain but 90% of the time it’s down to the heel width. The thinner the heel, the less support your foot has thus inducing pain, whereas the thicker the heel, the wider the area your foot has to balance on. Simples. So unless you’re a confident heel wearer, avoid the stiletto type shoes and opt for a block heel.
A Rocky RoadYears of heel wearing has taught me one thing – stay away from a rocky shoe. Most of you at this point will be like ‘Huh?!’ What I mean is, take a look at the side of your shoe. Does the front flatly touch the ground or does the toe raise up? If it’s got a curve at the front, I dub these ‘rocky shoes’ as when you have them on and lean forward you start to rock/fall. I’ve fallen victim to buying these and for me, whether I’m stone cold sober or have ‘had a few’, I fall over every couple of hours or I have zero confidence to make the tiniest of strides. Anyone who can conquer these heels – I applaud you. In my experience, stick with a shoe that lines up with the floor. I can’t guarantee you won’t EVER fall over, but they’ll help.
Expensive Doesn't Always Equate The BestA lot of people think investing is always best. Forget that – money doesn’t always buy the best. Some of my best shoes have been high street heroes and my most painful pair to date have been a very famous designer shoe costing over £500. So forget the price tag and pay attention to the shoe in question.
First Impressions CountYou should be able to tell straight away whether you can walk in a pair or not. Do they hurt? Can you physically walk in them? Will they go with what’s in your wardrobe? Where will I wear them to? Do I already own this shoe in 17 different colours and finishes? (yep that’s me…)
When in store, take a few laps of the area, check whether they’re rocky. If they hurt in store, they’ll hurt most of the time. Yes, some shoes are exceptions to this rule but you shouldn’t have to break in many shoes.