High heels are a common staple in most women’s wardrobes these days. Having been created centuries ago, during the 1500’s to be exact, high heels were initially designed as footwear for men. While the benefits of wearing heels are quite obvious (boosts confidence, changes posture, slims us down and makes us taller) there are also multiple disadvantages that if not taken seriously could have a major impact on your health. While the disadvantages are less visible, you can feel them when standing too long in your favorite pair of stilettos or when you go to take them off after a long day at the office.
The damages high heels can cause to our bone structure are drastic. If you aren’t in the right position while walking in heels you not only look silly, but you are also damaging your spine and knees. Bunions, hammertoe and ankle injuries are also more easily obtained if not wearing a comfortable shoe. Try these simple tips to keep you looking your best while remaining comfortable in your high heels;
- Look for shoes with thicker soles. They are better at absorbing shock.
- Bring a comfortable pair of shoes with you when you know you will be walking, traveling, or standing for long periods of time. Try some stylish ballet flats!
- Keep a pair of sneakers in your car to avoid the muscle ache of driving in heels.
- Try shopping for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are slightly swollen. Could you make it all day in the pair of shoes you are considering?
- SPOIL YOURSELF!!! Get a foot massage or soak your feet in warm water for 20 minutes or so.
While it is important to look nice, it’s more important to focus on your health and well-being in all aspects of your life…starting with your feet!