HOW TO SURVIVE WEARING HIGH HEELS Must one suffer to be beautiful? We have all heard the expression “beauty is pain” but why is that the case? High heels are one of the most iconic pieces of footwear in our culture today, as commonly worn as trainers and sandals. High heels make a woman’s legs look longer and leaner, and it makes us taller too. The shoe itself often has a very feminine shape and exciting colours and lines, which can add to a certain allure. But many women experience everything from back pain to bleeding blisters and swollen feet after a day or evening of wearing high heels. So, what is the secret? Here are a few tips: #1 Stability. You must be able to walk in the shoes without looking unstable. Practice makes perfect! #2 Height. Most chiropodists recommend wearing shoes that have a heel between 2 and 4 cm, so those are no problem for your feet. Once you go higher, your whole body will feel the strain of this new physical form you are giving yourself. #3 Time. If you are planning to wear a pair of very high heels for an evening or special occasion, and you are stable walking in them, there is no real harm in wearing them for a few hours. But the next day, go back to flats and allow your feet to remember their normal, healthy shape. If you are wearing heels all day at work, you should have a low heel, around 2 or 3 cm, and don’t wear them every day. #4 Fit. One of the most common mistakes women make when wearing high heels is wearing shoes that are too small. A well designed, high quality shoe will be relatively comfortable, even with a heel. Some comfortable brands in high heels include Ash, Hush Puppies, Clarks, and Geox.