They are sexy, slim, and have an “attention to detail” that is hard to describe. In most cases, shopping for the right shoes is more than fun, but it is essential to get carried away and make a purchase you will later regret – especially if the price tag is a bit hefty. Rational thought and a little self-control are essential when it comes to shoes. Otherwise, you will likely end up with an entire wardrobe pinched with stilettos and wedges that are not suitable for walking, and beauty is not the only consideration.
Here are some factors to consider when buying heels:
1) The Size
Many think they know their foot size, but this is not always correct. In fact, you likely own at least one pair of the wrong size shoes. Always take your foot measurements at a shoe store. In this way, you can determine your exact shoe size once and for all and purchase more suitable shoes accordingly.
2) Walking Test
You can’t buy shoes without first walking in them (a bit of a problem when buying online). Try wearing both shoes in the store and walk for a reasonably long time. Practice walking, turning, etc., always check your sense of balance, and if you feel any wobble, think twice before you buy. In the real world, you will be running from A to B, carrying shopping bags, and navigating treacherous stairs and uneven pavement; if you struggle to maintain your posture in the store, chances are these shoes are not made for walking.
Heel pain is often caused by too much stress on the instep. If the shoes are balanced, the weight should feel evenly distributed between the heel and the front of the sole; if not, pain and discomfort will eventually develop.
If you are purchasing heels for a particular event, you want to match them with the rest of your outfit first. This way, you can coordinate your feet with your outfit and create an overall sense of unity. For example, ultra-thin high heels may not be appropriate for a garden party.
While most of us would be willing to shell out a considerable amount of money for the right pair of heels, it is essential not to allow ourselves to go overboard. For instance, spending a month’s salary on designer shoes is not a wise economic move.
6) Time of Day
During the day, feet tend to swell. Most people hardly notice it, but invariably, shoes bought at the beginning of the day become tight in the evening. It is always helpful to shop in the afternoon so you know how the shoes will fit your feet when the sun goes down.
Perhaps the most frustrating, yet most common mistake in shoe shopping is to buy a pair of heels that do not match the others in your wardrobe. When considering a purchase, try to imagine what you will be wearing and have all of the items selected to match the shoes in question. If you cannot find enough complimentary things, it is best to leave the shoes on the shelf.
6) The Toe Factor
Heels with the front toe cut into a pointed toe are difficult to wear comfortably. Often, this style is very restrictive and squeezes the toes together in a notoriously uncomfortable way. Given this unfortunate characteristic, it is a good idea to purchase pointed heels that are about a half size larger than normal. This should give you enough room in the toe to relieve the pain.
7) Open or Closed?
Decide whether you prefer high-heeled shoes with open toes or closed toes. Avoid shoes with high heels that cram your feet into them or force your toes to stick together. It is not sexy to be sore while stroking the length of your legs.
Let us know if these factors have helped you in purchasing the right pair of heels!