Post # 1
So I feel like I must’ve missed the memo somewhere when girls were growing up and started wearing heels….
Like how do you ladies do it?!
EVERY TIME I wear heels, even for like 2-3 hours, my feet are just KILLING me. When I say heels, I’m just talking about regular, close-toed, 3-inch heels that fit very comfortably.
No matter how big or how small or how comfy the shoe is, after wearing the heel for an hour, it starts to hurt and by the second hour, I’m in pain.
I feel like I’m wearing them wrong or I’m missing something because no one really seems to talk about. Every time I go to any fancy event, women just walk around in their heels like it’s nothing, while I’m pulling out my flats and changing into them because I can barely walk. I see celebrities just walk around in heels all day. I see women who work the office and wear heels all day (I wear flats to work). I’ve Googled to try to find answers, and I see some tips on stretching the heels or buying some insoles. I’ve tried some insoles but they don’t really work…
I really like how I look when I wear heels and I really wish I could wear mine more often, but it’s such a painful experience by the second hour that I just avoid wearing heels unless I absolutely need to and even then, I’ll bring a pair of flats to change just in case. I feel like no one else has this problem except for me so ladies, what’s the trick I’m missing? How do you guys do it?
And I don’t know if this is important but I’m a size 10 US.
Post # 2
I’m the exact same as you. No heels are comfortable, and I think people just build up a pain tolerance to be honest.
I do have a few heels I will wear for special occasions. Dr. Scholl’s inserts are pretty comfy and cushy. I never wear them for more than 5 hours max because I just can’t deal with them for that long.
Post # 3
Well, not all heels are created equal. It depends on how the shoe is made, how much support you have, and how thick and high the heel is. I have several pairs that are comfortable enough to get through the day, but I have a couple that once I hit about the 3 or 4 hour mark…woof. I can’t anymore.
Look at brands like Clarks, Aerosoles, Naturalizer, etc. They used to be grandma shoes, but they make some cute pumps and heels. I have a pair like this that I get compliments on all the time: http://www.royalvintageshoes.com/vintage-shoe-brands/aerosoles-vintage-shoes/aerosoles-petroleum-art-deco-booties-grey.
Post # 4
That’s why I don’t wear heels except for only special occasions…I like how I look with heels and I really hope I can bear them for my wedding but I honestly have no idea how I’m going to bear the pain for the whole time. Plus my wedding dress will cover them too so they’re not really showing…I’m even doubting if I really need them at all…
Post # 5
I’m much more picky about the heels I buy than I used to be. I prefer when they have some kind of straps around the ankles because it provides more support. And I make sure they fit perfectly before I buy them. Too small they’ll pinch and cut into your feet but too big and you’ll do that awkward short steps walk trying to not let them slide off.
Post # 6
I just can’t wear heels. They look great, but the pain isn’t worth it. I will be the shorty in ballet flats always!
Post # 7
I used to tolerate some in my mid 20s but never more than three inches. Now I have foot problems and a healing ankle. I will likely never wear heels again. So before i would wear a kitten heel for a long event and the big heels when i knew i could sit most of the time. Stacked heels imo were the best.
The inserts for comfort are a must.
Post # 8
I believe it’s something to do with the arch of your feet – I used to wear heels no problem, after I broke my ankle badly and the arch of my foot dropped, heels became a lot more difficult. I thought it was due to the ankle but my podiatrist friend told me it’s probably the arch.
Find decent shoes, and make sure they’re broken in – try putting on socks and the shoes, then hairdryer them to warn them up and speed up the breaking in process. Also consider one with straps where you don’t need to worry about keeping them on your feet.
Post # 9
Heels aren’t comfortable and they aren’t good for your feet. I typically only wear them for special occaisions. If you take some ibuprofen or happen to be drinking alcohol (at a wedding or party) it makes them much more bearable.
Post # 10
The brand is everything. I find BCBG has the most comfortable heels. I wear those versus louies any day. Dr Scholls gel inserts for heels work wonders as well.
Post # 11
I wear heels every day. I prefer a skinny heel stiletto with a pointy toe and usually 4 inches or 100 mm. Heels don’t bother me at all. My feet never hurt, but I do think having narrow feet with a high arch (which I have) makes a difference.
Post # 12
If I am going to get pain anywhere, it’s usually on the balls of my feet, so I tend to opt for shoes with a slight platform or decent sole. I also almost always buy shoes with an ankle strap so that I’m not scrunching my toes up for prolonged periods of time to try and keep the shoe in place.
Like a PP, I have narrow feet with a high arch which probably helps.
Post # 13
I never wear heels, not even for special occasions. They hurt too much. I’ve heard other people say they only hurt a bit, or not at all. I think people must just have differently built feet.
Post # 14
Toe box and heel pitch. How much space for the balls of your feet and toes, and how steep your foot sits. I like hidden platforms because they decrease the intensity of the angle of your foot in a 4″+ heel without having to compromise height.
Mostly, though, it is brand plus materials used. Some single sole are really comfortable, some heels I can even run in (used to walk a long way in college between buildings in heels for orchestra concerts), YSL are pretty good, Louboutin are painful after 30 minutes, good BCBG heels are good, Ann Taylor are comfy (sizing is so weird, have to try them on first).
Post # 15
I second what pp said about arches making a difference. Pretty sure that people with high arches can where them no problem but people with low arches (like me) cannot handle them as well.
To a more extreem degree, this is true for ballet dancers. I took point for 6-years and the girls with high arches have such an easier time; everthing from getting onto the point and the position it places your body in when you balance.