There is nothing that touches and bonds all women like seeing someone in shoe hell (a.k.a. painful shoes). The signs; a stiff posture and a stilted walk, are dead giveaways. I'm sure we all can spot and sympathize with the experience ... We've all been there. Those pretty shoes never look quite as pretty when you consider the visual evidence of the pain they're inflicting.
In April of 2014, The New York Times featured an article on the rise in the cosmetic foot procedures women are getting to deal with the foot pain and injuries from wearing fashionable heels. The popular trends in foot procedures include the lengthening or shortening of the toes, and injecting or surgically adding extra padding to the balls of the feet.
These pretty extreme options have been dubbed the Cinderella procedures ... A reference to the stepsisters who try, in vain, to make the glass slipper fit.
Here are my less-drastic tips to avoid shoe pain...
- Know Your Size - Measure your foot. It’s good to know the exact length of your foot, especially when shopping online. Here is a link to a great size chart, courtesy of Zappos:
- Understand The Real Deal - A lot of foot pain comes from not understanding that certain types of shoes are meant for certain functions. Shoes basically fit into three categories:
- The Workers - This is the category for the shoes you generally live in for work, meetings or events that will involve some standing and brisk walking.
- The Performers - These are the "Dog & Pony Show" shoes. ... They are pretty but meant to be worked briefly ... A few steps from the car to your seat. Think statement shoes for the red carpet.
- The Players - This category is for the relaxing, sports styles. Think down time, the beach, open air festivals and markets, etc.
The ultimate goal is for shoes to be both fab & functional. Remember, a fab shoe is not so fab if it hurts.