How to Pick the Right High Heels
High heels are simply fascinating. No matter how most people see these gorgeous fashion creations as something “uncomfortable”, women of all ages still find them extremely irresistible. If you have read our blog post about the 100 years of Fashion: High Heels, you will see how high heels have influenced and evolved all throughout the years. It only shows how it became a huge part of fashion and that having at least one pair of high heels is a must-have in a woman’s wardrobe.
Having that stated, it is important to know how to pick the right pair of high heels for your feet. In this article, we are going to give you a few set of tips and tricks to make sure you choose the right pair. But before we go through the guidelines, we should be able to understand the types of high heels first. That way, you will know the style that will suit you best.
#1 Classic Pumps
The Classic Pumps is most common type of high heels. Seeing this style on fashion shows, red carpet and shoe shelves is very common – it’s basically everywhere! Popularized in the early 1920s, classic pumps are the type of shoes with slim high heels and low-cut front. It is a very wearable pair as it fits any occasion, formal or casual.
#2 Ankle Strap High Heels
This particular style is this year’s favorite (blame the Valentino Rockstuds!). It is a trendier version of the classic pumps by emphasizing the ankles with decorative straps. It’s more comfortable in a way that the ankle straps secure the fit of the shoes, shunning the possibility of the pair getting loose.
If there’s one word to describe stilettos, that would be “Deadly”. Stilettos are one of the most popular shoe designs that started in the 1950s. Iconic sex symbol Marilyn Monroe popularized stilettos and made the particular shoe style the sexiest shoes ever. Stilettos feature extremely slim heels that can even reach up to 8 inches high! That being said, stilettos can be quite uncomfortable if you are not used to it. But actually, the point of stilettos is that it affects your posture and walk; making it sexier!
#4 Platform Pumps
Platform pumps have thick soles on the front paired up with slim high heels. Considered as a more comfortable version of the stilettos, platform pumps became popular to those who love an extra stretch without the fear of falling over. This particular style is designed to give more balance by reciprocating the height of the heels with its high-leveled front.
#5 Slingback Heels
If you want your feet to have a bit of more room to breathe, a pair of slingback heels is the perfect choice for you. The strap that goes around the heel makes the shoes more stable; preventing the possibility of it getting loose. Apart from that, slingback straps are elegant-looking as well.
#6 Peep-toe Wedges
If platform pumps are comfortable, wedges are 5x extremely comfortable. Wedge heels can reach up to 8 inches as well, but unlike stilettos, its heels go all the way to the front. With its thick, full-on wedge heels, it gives you better balance. Wedges are quite versatile too, but usually, wedges come in designs more fit for casual or street wear.
#7 Gladiator Heels
Gladiator heels are open-toe shoes with an extensive weave of laces or straps. Some gladiator heels can be of ankle length, but some can even reach up to below the knee. This style is an exceptional fashion choice if you are wearing a nice mini dress or short shorts.
#8 High-Heeled Ankle Boots
A pair of fashionable boots is a must-have for fall and winter. To draw away from the mundane flat-soled boots, high heels have made their way to ankle boots as well. High-heeled ankle boots fully cover your feet and can either have slim or chunky heels. Check out Celebrity Fashion Snippets: How to Style Ankle Boots.
#9 High-Heeled Sandals
A pair of sandals is quite a fancy option if you want more feet exposure. If you want to flaunt your hundred dollar gel pedicure or if you simply think that your feet are your best asset, high-heeled sandals are your go-to choice.
#10 Chunky Heels
If slim heels concern you, you can still give your height an extra stretch without the horrors of extremely thin heels. There are a lot of fashionable shoes out there that sport chunky high heel cuts for better balance. Because of its wide and thick heels, some even decorate the heels for a much fun and chic look!
Keys to Picking the Right High Heels
- Make sure you get the right fit.
Choosing the right size is the first and most significant step in choosing the perfect pair of high heels. If the pair is a little too small, it can be very uncomfortable and painful for your feet. It can even give you blisters! On the other hand, if the pair is a little too big, you might end up pausing every single step because your shoes keep on getting loose.
- Consider the heel height.
Of course you are free to choose how many inches you would want your high heels to be. You can either go for a nice 3-inch heel or a whopping 8-inch heel! The bottomline is that you have to make sure you are confident enough to strut it. If you are flat-footed, it will be a little difficult (and dangerous) to go higher on your heel height selection.
- Walk with them first before buying them.
It is always more practical to buy high heels from physical boutiques because of the reason of trying them on. High heels can walk you for miles so make sure you are comfortable in them. As you try on the heels of your choice, walk around the store for a few minutes. You think you are ready to flaunt it? Buy it!
- Move your toes in it.
If you are planning to get closed high heel pumps, you have to asses if your toes feel okay inside it. Make sure that they don’t get squished when you walk or else – blisters!
- Check the insole cushion of your heels.
It is important to have soft insole cushions for your heels to be able to lessen the pressure. If the pair of high heels you desire do not have them, don’t worry because you can buy detachable heel cushions in your favorite department store!