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Comfy High Heels: Do They Even Exist?

Posted by on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

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We’ve all tortured ourselves one too many times. Maybe it was a blister, a corn, or a callus. Perhaps you wound up with stabbing plantar pain or swelling so bad you couldn’t get a sneaker on your foot for days. High heels can be a woman’s worst enemy at times — all in a quest to look good and professional. Yet, life doesn’t have to be so agonizing, say the experts at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. In addition to stopping by the office to get yourself fitted for a pair of custom orthotics, you can check out the following brands of comfy high heels to look and feel your best at the next social event.

Comfy High Heels By Price Range

The Frisky did a rundown of the best high heels based on price and consumer reviews. They recommended:

  • $50 or less – Payless, JustFab, Qupid
  • $100 or less – Sofft, Chromatic Gallerie, Seychelles, Aerosoles, Clarks, Falchi, Giani Binni, Naturalizer, Tahari, Enzo Angiolini
  • $200 or less – Frye, Jeffrey Campbell, Geox, Cole Haan, Camper, Charles David
  • Over $200 – LK Bennett, Dana Davis, Kate Spade, Chie Mihara

Corporette also lists a ton of comfortable high heel brands, from Anne Klein iFlex, Geox and Comfort Plus by Predictions, to Cole Haan Air and Stuart Weitzman and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Types of High Heel Shoes

Redbook points out that there are certain types of heels that are kinder on the feet than others. For instance, wedge heels, kitten heels and pumps are better options if you’re going to be on your feet all day. They also recommend shopping for open-toe shoes and gradual arches. “Invest in silicone metatarsal pads. They look like flattened gummy bears, but they do a super job of shock absorption,” they add.

Comfortable Heels Award Winners

Several years ago, Shopping Etc. Magazine conducted a series of tests to determine the most comfy high heels. Award winners included:

  • Best Buy: Colin Stuart for Victoria’s Secret Catalogue Platform Sandals
  • Best Work Slingback: Vivien from Coach
  • Best Comfort: Easy Spirit Edrie
  • Best Wedge: Aerosoles Sleigh Thread
  • Best Dressy Slingback: Cole Haan Tivona Air Slings
  • Best Stiletto: Kate Spade Karolina

Today recommends making sure you have one thumb’s width of space between your longest toe and the tip of your shoe for the proper fit. Push your thumb into the padding of the shoe and look for some spring-back. Opt for rounder toes, rather than pointy. Don’t try to buy the cheapest shoes you can find unless they are truly comfortable — and don’t assume the shoes will be better once you “break them in.”

High Heel Tricks For Comfort

SheFinds.com recommends putting deodorant on your feet to prevent stink and blisters. A cobbler may be able to stretch a favorite shoe or add extra padding to enhance comfort, too. Use inserts for the ball of your foot and use adhesive strips on the straps to protect your feet from cuts. For easier walking on cobblestone, grass and slick dancefloors, you can try a pair of Solemates High Heelers, a clear heel add-on that increases the surface area of your heel to relieve pressure.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.