Imagine a closet filled with pumps and boots that include Nine West, Coach, Gucci and so many more that you lovingly built up over the years. Some shoes have never even been worn before just waiting for that right outfit. Now imagine you can’t fit them. Even worse, imagine that you are me and that’s what is going on. My pregnancy stretched more than my belly. My size 8s became a size 10 and I can’t even think about getting my big toe into most of my shoes.
So I am slowly getting my shoe fetish back on. It was so off during and for a long while after my pregnancy. I had so much foot pain brought on by my pregnancy illness that the closest I got to a heel was my Uggs. And while I love them, Ugg boots in the summer is not exactly the thing to do. And while I have worked hard to lose the extreme weight I gained while pregnant my doctor informed me that my feet are not going down.
This news came as a small blessing in disguise. (Deep disguise) I now understand the dangers of trying to cram my feet into shoes that are too small. I may have forgotten to mention that my trip to the doctor was courtesy of a bunion. Many women do experience extreme foot problems caused by wearing shoes that are too small and wearing high heels. The foot wasn’t actually designed to walk around in 5 inch stilettos all day. While heels can make you look taller, give you some definition in your calf muscles, be that perfect accessory to an outfit and just plain make you look hot they can actually make you feel terrible. Wearing too high heels or cramming your feet into shoes can cause foot problems from bunions, hammertoes, corns, muscle and joint pain.
So what’s the deal on heels? You can have your heels and wear them to. But some planning is in order. Limiting the amount of time to very short intervals of just a few hours to wear high heels is best. If they feel uncomfortable but look hot just back away. You can do it. You can find a great shoe that looks great but is comfortable enough to wear. During the work day wear shoes with a small elevation or flats. Being sensible about when and how long you wear high heels is important. You don’t want to be forced into wearing flats all the time due to foot issues or health problems. So as I begin to replenish my foot wardrobe there will be some heels but there will also be more sensible yet fabulous shoes as well.
Here’s How To Wear High Heels
- Make sure you are wearing the right size shoe.
- Educate yourself on your own personal foot type.
- The thicker the heel, the better.
- Avoid thin soles, opting instead for a platform.
- Take breaks.
- Stretch your feet after you take your shoes off.
- Try a shoe with more coverage up top.
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