All you need to know about Heels !
Remember the show ‘Sex and the City’, the only visuals I get in my head on hearing the show’s name are Sarah Jessica Parker literally running around in her heels, each time. And then every time I see Jennifer Lopez song’s videos or Lady Gaga, I can’t take my eyes off how they move and dance in the craziest of heels. Aren’t they too just like us, at least anatomically and you can’t just defy physics like that right ?! So there has to be something.
My affair with heels started at least good 5 years back and now I can’t just do without them, but of course I too have had my bad-heel-days. But as they say, time makes you wiser. So it’s not like I can do a Samba in heels, but I have grown pretty much comfortable to be in them and even dance pretty much when required.
This post is inspired by some of my Instagram followers who would sigh for not being able to carry off heels and asked as to how did I managed on seeing my pics there. Thus here I’ll talk about a few tips and tricks to get away with heels :
( Cork base peep-toe heels by Zara)
Understanding the anatomy of a high-heeled shoe and points to focus on while buying:
This picture above will give you a better idea of what part of the shoe I am talking about.
Now when you go to buy a pair of heels, there are a few things you must consider:
The Sole: If the sole is stitched, check if the stitching are properly done all around, also you are not supposed to feel the stitching, if you do, its going to hurt later.
If it’s glued on, make sure it won’t start slipping off from the base.
Besides that, it should be at least slightly cushioned. Else you get cushioned soles to stick separately in the market as well as far as I know.
(Look carefully at the sole, it’s glued and is seamless in the pic above. Colour-block heels by Zara)
The Heel: It’s not the style or thickness of the heel that matters when it comes to comfort, but the position of the heel. It should be right under the heel bone, not at the back of the foot. If the stiletto is positioned too far back, chances are you’ll trip.
( Look at the position of the heel, it should be somewhat like this. Red bow peep toes from a shoe store in Chandigarh )
Also, there should be a rubber lining at the end of the heel for better grip, else there are chances of slipping.
( Rubber tip on the heel. Glitter pumps by Forever21)
Make sure that besides the alignment of the heel, the strength to support your weight is also fine, as in it shouldn’t dwindle or wobble and your feet shouldn’t tremble wearing them.
For beginners, start with 2 inches heel, preferably block heel then gradually a thinner heel. Once you are comfortable with a pencil heel, you can start experimenting with higher heels. I started off with 2 inch wedges and now I have 7 inch pencil heels that I am comfortable carrying off.
But again whatever heel you buy, it shouldn’t put a strain on your ankle joint.
Moreover, platform under the shoe box or rather platform pumps are always way more comfortable and easy to carry than just plain pumps or stilettos.
( Zara pumps Vs. Forever21 Platform pumps )
The Lining: Prefer a shoe with leather insole lining which should go all the way inside of the shoe. If not leather, then something non-synthetic like vinyl as it will help your foot breathe.
( P.S. Am not promoting leather or any animal skin product, neither I intend to hurt anyone’s sensitivity towards animals. These are just tips, take it like that and create no controversy. )
The Material: Avoid anything which is plastic-y, you will only end up getting shoe-bites, bunions etc. Thus avoid cheap heels or from local/ sub-standard outlets, flats are still okay but I would recommend heels to be bought from good brands.
The Shoe-size: For heels particularly, it is very important you buy the right size. When buying a pair of heels always buy a size which is slightly, just slightly bigger than what you buy in flats/ closed shoes because in heels, if you wear them for long duration, chances are that your feet will get bit swollen, thus there should be enough space for the feet else you’ll end up with bunions. But obviously don’t buy them too big either !
Another thing, each brand and shoe-make’s size may vary, the size you wear for Mango wedges may not be the same for Steve Madden’s pumps, thus don’t blindly buy a pair of heels. Try them, walk around a bit in the store itself, if possible try climbing few stairs (like onto the next floor of store) and then buy them. Try them again at night, wear them around at home for a while. If unsure, you can always get them exchanged with tags intact.
The Arch: The arch of the shoe should rise in a curve to support the arches of the feet such that the feet isn’t resting steeply on an incline.
( Notice the arch here. White peep-toes by Zara )
The arch should ideally rise high to provide arch support to the foot and then drop down into a shallow depression to hold and support the heels of the feet.
The arch should be such that your feet don’t slide off and maximum weight comes on the ball of the foot and toes.
Booties, boots, oxford styles give an extra benefit and prevent the feet from sliding.
The Toe-box: When buying pumps or closed heels, check if there’s enough room for your toes and wouldn’t get cramped. Slightly rounder toe-box is usually more comfortable than a pointy toe-box.
( The pointy toe box of Steve Madden snakeprint heels to slightly round of Zara pumps to perfectly round in Forever21 pumps )
I personally prefer peep toes for my toes can breathe and in the end that little glimpse of bright nailpaint looks cute !
( Peep-toes, L-R: Zara, Forever New, Carlton London )
Besides the things I mentioned above, few tips for the beginners:
- Like I explained above in ‘The Heel’ section, start off with a smaller and thicker heel.
- Walk around at home in heels while doing basic chores for at least an hour for few dyas, trust me it helps because you’ll get busy with work and won’t be just focusing on heels or to not trip and so gradually you’ll be natural at it.
- Always carry a pair of flats or rolled-up bellies in your handbag.
- Start wearing heels while you go out with your friends for lunch or anything, sometimes even to mall, while carrying a pair of flats in bag. These are the best walk-in-heels practice places.
- Prefer buying heels only from the trusted brands. I personally prefer Zara, Steve Madden, Clarks, Forever21, Forever New, Aldo, Carlton London and Mango.
- Wearing the heels for too long makes your feet and calves tired, soak your legs in warm water at night for a while.
Basic must-haves: Black pumps and or black peep toes, White stilettos, Brown wedges/ peep-toes, Grey pumps, Bright coloured peep toes/pumps/stilettos, Animal and or snakeskin print heels, Colour-block and or Floral print heels, Glitter heels, Something with ethnic design like kolhapuri wedges to go with Indian attire if any of the above don’t.
I hope this helps, feel free to share your feedback or queries, can post comment here or drop me a mail.
” Give a girl the right shoe and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe.
Happy Heels to all!
Much Love 🙂