Wear high heels without the pain

22:29, Oct 30 2012
Seven tips to painless heels
1. Wide straps: Kathryn Wilson, $399; Mi Piaci, $240.
Seven tips to painless heels
2. Booties: Kathryn Wilson, $389; booties, $85 from Boohoo.co.nz.
Seven tips to painless heels
3. Thick heels: Chaos & Harmony, $339; thick heels, $60 from Boohoo.co.nz.
Seven tips to painless heels
4. Ankle Straps: Skin by Nude, $220; Django & Juliette, $175. Both from Styletread.co.nz.
Seven tips to painless heels
5. Wedges or wedge-like heels: Leopard wedges, $149.95 from Hannahs; Siren, $179.90 from Wild Pair.
Seven tips to painless heels
6. Platforms: Stella McCartney, $890 from Runway Shoes; Mollini, $156 from Styletread.co.nz.
Seven tips to painless heels
7. Flatforms: Kathryn Wilson, $289; flatforms, $85 from Asos.

It's a myth that all high heels are uncomfortable - you just have to buy the right styles.

Here are 24 ouch-less styles to choose from - and seven tips to remember when shoe shopping.

1. WIDE STRAPS: Wide straps hold your foot in better than flimsy strings. Look for straps that sit firmly across your foot and don't dig in or rub.

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WEARER BEWARE: Thin heels and skinny straps don't offer much support for the foot.

2. BOOTIES: Booties have more material to cover your foot, and for the same reason as wide straps, give you more support.

3. THICK HEELS: It's a simple law of physics that thinner heels equal more pressure on the feet. Even out that pressure and make for less wobble with thick solid heels.

4. ANKLE STRAPS: Ankle straps hold the foot straight and lessen the chances of a sidewalk topple.

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5. WEDGES OR WEDGE-LIKE HEELS: Wedges or wedge-like heels support the arch of the foot and make for a more sturdy slope.

6. PLATFORMS: Platforms lift the front of the foot and play a trick on the eyes. The result is the look of height without the steep angle.

7. FLATFORMS: Flatforms give you the height but keep your feet happy and flat.

 

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