(Closed) The taller the heel the more comfortable the shoe?

posted 12 years ago in Shoes
  • poll: What heel heights do you comfortably wear? Up to...

    Flats only

    1" or less







    Higher than 4"

  • Post # 17
    1103 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Yeah, I don’t think that “saying” is true. However, I have a foot with a very high arch, so it actually doesn’t bother me to wear really high heels.  My wedding shoes are 4″ and I think they’re comfortable, much along the lines of what EJS said, because they’re well made.  That, and I’m used to wearing shoes with that high of a heel.

    Post # 18
    176 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010 - Signature Events

    My mom and I have always believed that as long as the front part is a little elevated, they’ll be relatively comfy.  If the front part is flat (whether you have on high heels, kittens, or flats), they’ll hurt the balls of your feet.

    Here are my picture examples.  As long as they’re equally well-made, the ones with a bit of “platform” under your toes would be more trustworthy in our book! : )


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    Post # 19
    1038 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I agree with Parfait.  Totally depends on the shoe, but usually 3 inches is the safest for me.  I could go higher if there is some elevation and padding at the front of the shoe…that makes a huge difference.

    Post # 20
    3060 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I wear heels just about every day.  My average is about 3 inches.  I can definitely wear higher.  I don’t notice a difference in the comfort level though.

    Post # 21
    202 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I usually wear flats to work or a low heel (1 or 2 inches) but when I go out, I wear 3 or 4 inch heels.  I find that shoes that have a hidden platform are more comfortable than others as well as heels that have some sort of ankle strap.  These make my ankles more stable when I’m walking and somehow, that makes things more comfortable.

    Post # 22
    52 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Most of my shoes have 1.5-2 inch heels, although I wouldn’t really call them “heels” if that makes any sense.  They are other styles of shoes that happen to have a bit of a heel (sandals, loafers, mules, etc).

    For me, it’s not the height of the shoe so much as whether it has arch support.  I have crazy high arches so I need good support there or my feet will start hurting.

    Post # 23
    365 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I always took that saying to mean that the taller the heel the more comfortable the shoe needs to be.

    I put 1.5″ heel, because I love wearing kitten heels and I think that is 1.5″? In any case, I rarely wear higher, I do have a pair I wear to work that are about 2.5″ but I don’t feel too sturdy on them. I think its harder for taller girls too, but maybe I am wrong? I am 5’8″

    I had 3.5″ heels for my wedding and I hated them, they were sooo uncomfortable.

    Post # 24
    504 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I can stand to wear 1-2 inch heels but I wouldn’t go as far as to say they are actually comfortable.  I’m more of a flip flop/sneaker/Dankso kind of girl 🙂

    Post # 25
    45 posts
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @Kittyachi – It’s possible to work one’s way up to 4″ heels.

    I got my first pair of heels (1″ high, chunky) when I was 12. Easy enough, right? I mastered them in no time and had 2″ heels a year later.

    By age 14, I’d worked my way up to a 3″ heel (for the record, I only wore heels to school a few times a month). The fact that I took a ballet class to fulfill a phys-ed. requirement really helped – I had calves of steel within six months! Strong legs make a difference – as does stretching the leg muscles (calves in particular) before donning heels.

    By age 17, I’d worked my way up to occasionally wearing a chunky 5″ heel – but they still made me wobble on stairs and such. Four inches works for me.

    It should be noted that this doesn’t work for everyone, though.

    Also, shoe quality makes a BIG difference. Your highest heels don’t have to cost $400 to be manageable, but they are generally much, much easier to walk in when they are well-made, properly balanced, etc.

    Post # 26
    437 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I agree with @parfait– it depends on the cushioning in the front. I am weird– I’ll wear flats or 3 inch and up– no in between for me! My most uncomfortable shoes I own have a 1 inch heel. I have some 4 inch heels that are comfy because they have a little bit of a platform in the front. It really is all about how the show fits you– some higher heels are more comfortable to me than others. Almost all are worth it though, for how good they look. 😉 I have some 4.5 inch ones…. and I’ve tried to wear my favorite 5 inch louboutins… those push the limit of comfortable. the 4.5 inch ones are bearable with padding added to the front, and they are platform, otherwise i couldn’t wear them.

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