(Closed) so I can't wear heels …

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I bought some shoes from Bass and they are so comfy!  I agree that most flats don’t have support but these do.

As for the pants dragging, go to a tailor and have them hemmed.  It doesn’t cost a lot and will up your professional look and increase the life of your pants.  I’ve stopped wearing heels every day, it’s really not good for your feet.

Post # 5
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

So the only thing I can help with the the foot sweat thing. I found that Burts Bees baby powder in my shoes makes a world of difference. I used to NEVER be able to wear shoes without socks, but when I started to powder them, I stopped having this problem. I keep a small travel size container of body powder (it’s yellow; got it in the travel section at Target) on me at all times when I wear shoes without socks so that I can refresh the powder if necessary.

Oh, and about flats, try flats by Clarks, Priva, and Nike Air by Cole Hann and suck it up and have your work pants altered to the correct length.

Post # 6
10573 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@MrsSaltWaterTaffy:  Ditto on getting the pants hemmed.  I have to do so even when wearing heels!

Shop around a bit for shoes.  There are Mary-Jane and similar styles that have way more support than ballet flats.  Get a good orthotist, they might be able to get you something that fits a bit better into something dressy.  If you aren’t on your feet all day at work, consider switching your shoes.  I see many people wearing runners on the train, dressed in professional clothing.

Post # 7
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Have you tried low wedges? I have a couple pairs that I wear for work all the time and I love them. They give you a little heel but you don’t feel like you’re wearing a heel at all. I have bunions too and this type of shoe doesn’t bother me at all. Mine are closed toe but here is something similar:

Post # 8
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I have the same problem with stinky feet unless I wear open toed shoes, and I just sprinkle some kama sutra honey dust (http://www.kamasutra.com/honey-dust-body-powder.html)on my feet and in my shoes if I wear closed toed shoes and I don’t have a problem. You might also want to try getting shoes that come in wide widths, as with the insoles they push your feet up a little and squish things in, you might not have as much of a problem with tighness if you choose wide width shoes… (You could at least try them in with your insoles to see if it helps).

Post # 9
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have similar issues… a bunion (that’s definitely what you have; a bunion is your bone growing “out” instead of straight), as well as some lower back issues that can be exacerbated by heels and unsupportive shoes.  It sounds like you also have plantar fasciitis (that tight feeling in your arch).  I’ve had a bunion since I was 13 (thanks, ballet training!), so I’ve been dealing with this for a long time.

As an aside, I love clothing and nice shoes. I refuse to be a fool for fashion and sacrifice my health (and impede my running), but I also refuse to wear granny shoes. 

Here’s what I do, and it works well for me:

1. Get fitted for your workout shoes in a running store.  Bring in an old pair of tennis shoes, and they’ll examine the wear pattern to pick a shoe with proper support.

2. I never wear heels if I know I won’t be able to sit down nearly all the time or take them off after 2-3 hours.  When going to a wedding, I pack a pair of pretty sandals in my bag to change into.

3. Ballet flats might be flat, but they’re generally pretty bad for your feet (little cushioning or arch support).  My recent favorite is oxfords, which also happen to be “in” right now. I have these in black.  I get lots of compliments on them. If I do wear flats, I’ve found that ones with a small wedge are more supportive than those without. And I think everybody has the smelly foot problem when they don’t wear socks.  I think the only “solution” is to never wear those shoes two days in a row to let them air out, and maybe sprinkle some talcum powder in them while they’re “resting”. 🙂

4. Get all your work pants hemmed for flats or low shoes.  You’ll then be forced to leave the heels for skirts or special occasions.  They do your health no favors.

5. Return shoes if they’re not comfortable after wearing them around the house on carpet for around 30 minutes.  They’re not worth it. 

6. Use Zappos.  They have so many shoes, fast shipping, and free returns, so it’s relatively painless.  I always read reviews, looking for reviewers who mention having wide feet and/ or a bunion.  I also highly recommend Nordstrom if there’s one in your area. The salespeople are fantastic, they have loads of shoes, a great return policy, and have frequent sales.

7. I kick off my shoes the minute I walk in the door, and trade them in for slippers (I wear these in the cooler months and OMG they’re heaven). 

8. No flip flops unless I’m at the beach. I think this stems mostly from just hating flip flops, but they’re also super unsupportive of your feet and back.

9. Never ever buy cheap shoes. They don’t last and often have no support.  Look for shoes made in Europe if possible, shoes that are NOT synthetic (except for tennis shoes), shoes with leather insoles, and quality stitching.  This sounds expensive, but I always wait for sales, and most of my shoes (except for boots) were purchased at around the $40-75 mark. It takes patience, but it’s worth it.

I’m not sure what line of work you’re in, but for me, (a teacher who works in a fairly dressy school), my shoes look like this seasonally: winter/ fall: flat or nearly flat riding boots (boots are the best!) and oxfords. Spring: oxfords, more supportive ballet flats and low wedges. Summer: sandals, low wedges (I don’t work much, but do attend meetings and professional development activities sometimes).

My dad  has plantar fasciitis, and he’ll often roll a can of food under his foot to stretch out the tendons while he’s sitting, and uses a towel to try and stretch in the mornings and before workouts.  He’s had to cut way back on biking, which aggravates it, unfortunately. Perhaps a trip to the foot doctor is in order? They’ll be able to give you some helpful advice.

Good luck! Fussy feet suck, but care now saves you from gnarly granny feet!

Post # 10
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I can’t wear heels most of the time due to some health issues. I’ve found plenty of flats with adequete support (as well as plenty without!). I totally second Zappos – the free shipping both ways is fantastic, and they tend to have pretty good and reliable reviews. I have several pairs of flats from Clarks (both dressier and more casual) that are fantastic adn so comfortable. My mom wears flats almost exclusively just b/c she doesn’t find heels ever comfortable and she also loves Clarks. Wedges are really great for when I do wear heels. I have a thinner pair of insoles that don’t show if I have on open toed shoes (they’re Dr Scholl’s – not the best insoles ever, but add a bit of cushion). Also, I’m short and many companies now offer dress pants in lengths (I really love the ones from the Gap), and I can get away without getting them tailored most of teh time. However, if I do have to pay, it’s fairly reasonable just to get them hemmed.

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