Comfortable Shoes

HOW HEELS CAN FAIL YOU

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A gorgeous pair of heels can make a woman’s heart flutter with much excitement, especially when paired with the perfect dress. The confidence-boosting mechanism is remarkable. But enough with all the rainbows and positivity…what about all those times you were in so much pain from your shoes that all you wanted to do was chuck your heels across the street and crawl home?

Here I list FIVE SITUATIONS where heels can fail you miserably…

RUNNING FOR THE BUS

I wouldn’t classify myself as the fittest person out there but in saying that, I am highly capable of running from zone A to zone B in order to make my bus. Oh did I forget to mention that the prerequisite is that I need to be wearing flats or sneakers? Several times I tried to running after a bus in heels and the whole process was not only painful but also humiliating. I could feel all the eyes cast over to “that silly girl who’s running for the bus in heels”. Don’t be that person and don’t do that to your poor feet. You’re pretty much inviting a sprain or a fail – which has happened to me before too.

SHOPPING

Ladies, if you are shopping in heels…*picture me shaking my head*. ROOKIE ERROR. If you’ve planned for a big shopping day (which I hope you have, because who doesn’t love a shopping spree?), your feet are your best weapon towards shopping success. Happy comfortable feet = soaring energy and much fun! Tired, sore and painful feet will do nothing to elevate your mood. In fact it will just make you super grumpy thanks to all that discomfort and who knows what kind of shopping choices you’ll make in that head space…

STANDING EVENTS

If you know that you’ll be attending an event – be it for work or social – and that there will be a lot of standing, don’t test your feet’s limits by wearing high stilettos or pumps. Also avoid wearing heels you’ve just bought – hello blisters? If the occasion requires some sort of a heel for formality reasons, at least go for a reduced heel height and make sure you bring flats in your bag.

INTERNSHIPS

Let’s face it – most of the time internships or work experience jobs can be hard work. It may sound like a cliche but chances are you WILL be doing those coffee runs and errand jobs. I get that heels can make you feel a bit more glam and confident but think about the long-term consequences. Are you really going to be efficient in those heels? Switch to sensible shoes instead and be that star intern that’s not suffering from non-paid work AND foot pain.

AT UNIVERSITY

Wearing heels to uni is a big no-n0, especially if you are lucky enough to attend the University of New South Wales. Speaking from personal experience, let me just reinforce…heels and the UNSW stairs do not marry well together. Even without the stairs, getting around a university campus in heels is no easy feat. Uni is supposed to be a casual and relaxed environment – not a place to torture your feet unnecessarily!

Does any of the above situations sound familiar to you? Feel free to comment below and let me know your HIGH HEEL FAILS.

Otherwise join me in switching the heel to save our soles!

-JL

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TIPS TO HEALTHIER SOLES

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Heels are bad for you. A concept that most women understand but find it difficult to follow through with changes in their footwear choices. There is often a misconception that wearing low-heeled shoes is the same as wearing rocket-high stilettos – so why not just opt for the taller version that makes our legs look longer and confidence levels higher?

That is the wrong approach ladies!

As with many things, high heels come in all shapes and sizes. More importantly they come in various heel heights. If you are going to wear heels, then you should opt for ones that have a heel height of 5cm (2 inches) or lower. Any higher and you’re really contributing to amplifying the risks of foot problems.

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On top of HOW HIGH your heel is – another crucial aspect to keep in mind is HOW LONG you’re wearing them for. You may be wearing 5cm heels but if you do so for prolonged periods of time e.g. over 4 hours for more than 3 days a week – you are still doing irreversible damage to your entire body.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, 1 in 10 women wear high heels at least 3 days a week, and a third of them have fallen wearing them.

On top of falling, there are many other negative and unpleasant effects wearing heels can have on your body. These include:

  • Bunions
  • Back pain
  • Nerve damage
  • Plantar fascitis
  • Lower back problems
  • In-grown toe nails
  • Bad posture/balance
  • Damage to leg tendons
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Sore toes, ankles and calves

TIPS TO HEALTHIER SOLES

CHOOSE WISELY

Check the fit of the shoe to make sure it’s the right size for you and please don’t always go for those thin stilettos. Embrace lower heels that are 5cm or under or at least opt for shoes that have a wider base with room for your feet to breathe. Avoid shoes that forces your feet to squeeze tightly against each other or ones with lack of support as this can ruin the balance of your weight distribution.

MAKE THE SWITCH MORE OFTEN

Although lower heels are better than their taller counterparts, it’s still not the ideal footwear choice. Try saving heels for special occasions where there is minimal standing/walking and wear flats more often in your busy day-to-day life. If your job or situation requires you to wear heels often, try to find times during the day to slip them off to give your feet a break. Alternatively always bring a pair of flats in your bag for emergencies.

FIND SUPPORT

To all the high-heel lovers out there, invest in soft, insertable soles!  They can help with stability in ensuring your foot doesn’t slide forward constantly when you’re walking. They can also provide more cushion support which can add comfort to your walking.

-JL

FASHION BLOGGERS DITCHING THE HEEL

Fashion and trends have often acted as the driving force behind a woman’s wardrobe and shoe choice. Whilst heels have traditionally dominated the runway, on models and in magazines, as of late we are seeing a transitioning trend to more comfortable footwear choice such as low heels, brogues, slides, flats and sneakers. Trends come and go but for now, we are loving the change in scenery for our soles. Now we can look AND feel good. Soaring heights on heels and the consequential pain and suffering is so passé.

Behind this new trend is the ideology that non-heeled shoes are no longer seen as the “daggy” or “lazy” shoe of choice. Not sure how to inject more “fashion” into your flats? Take inspiration from the following fashion bloggers who are embracing the new trend of ditching their heels for shoes that don’t kill!

Caroline Blomst

Caroline Blomst (Caroline’s Blog)

Swedish blogger and street style photographer Caroline Blomst is always on point with her effortless looks. Here she’s opted for a gorgeous pair of Gianvito Rossi boots for a understated chic style. No heels needed!

Rumi Neely (Fashion Toast)

Rumi Neely (Fashion Toast)

Rumi Neely from Fashion Toast perfects the relaxed summer look with her pairing of a silk romper with Isabel Marant slides. A look we will be replicating in the warmer months ahead.

 

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Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad)

Chiara Ferragni from The Blonde Salad wears flats from her own Chiara Ferragni Collection to add a pop of metallic shimmer to her colourful outfit. Difficult to pull off but great inspo regardless!

Aimee Song (Song of Style)

Aimee Song (Song of Style)

Aimee Song from Song of Style leads the way in Paris with her comfy and easy-to-wear Everlane loafers – the ultimate travel shoe of choice.

Leandra Medine (Man Repeller)

Leandra Medine (Man Repeller)

Leandra Medine from Man Repeller shows us how to take the sneakers out of the gym and straight into fashion week with style.

Are you feeling inspired yet?

-JL