Heels are sexy, but not all feet are equal. If you love heels, find out which one is the right one for you.
Heels are hot, heels are sexy, heels are everything you want them to be. Guys love em', ladies crazy about them yet there are some who are just not so into them. Why? Because picking the right heels from the sea of brands, designers, measurements, style, etc. is just a crazy difficult task. Ladies who are often settled for save-worthy alternatives will mostly conclude that heels are never going to be comfortable and that has built a perception for the majority. Now, there really isn't any short formula for finding the right heels for you but we promise it's not rocket science either.
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1. Do your research!
Don't jump into conclusion here. This is not the usual "go survey prices and reviews, buy only those rated with 5 stars" kind of research. Girls are girls, and we love buying on impulse. If you are those who love to do a 10-pages analysis before buying 1 single item, kudos to you too! But really, the research you need to conduct here is on yourself.
First, ask yourself these questions:
a) When am I going to wear these heels? Am I going to wear these to occasional dinners? to work? parties?
b) Do I intend to wear them for long hours? This will decide the material, brands and shops you will be buying from. I would always recommend leather because they are durable and remain comfortable even after several wears. The same cannot be said with heels made out of synthetic fibers like nylon or plastic, as you can easily get blisters for wearing them long enough.
c) What is the measurement on both of my feet? Get them measured at any shoe stores. If you can do it at home, still get them measured at the shoe stores to double check on the accuracy. Make sure to measure both of your feet separately, sometimes, they can be different.
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2. Getting to know the structure of a heel
Note how the sole is attached to the shoe. If the sole is stitched on, make sure the stitches are even and look secure. If it's glued on, check to make sure that there is no space around the edges where the sole could start to peel off. You want a sole that's seamless and isn't going anywhere.
Look for shoes with a layer of rubber on the heel - this will help prevent slippage and make it easier to walk in the shoes. Some heels don't have rubber or any kind of grip, and these shoes will be difficult to walk in and possibly even dangerous!
Pay attention to the lining. In high-quality shoes, the insole lining is usually made of leather, not a synthetic material, and goes all the way around the inside of the shoe. If the shoe only has lining on the bottom but not the sides, it won't be as comfortable. Similarly, natural materials like leather absorb moisture and allow your foot to breathe - synthetics like vinyl won't absorb moisture and will be much less comfortable.
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3. Tips for different body types
If you have large ankles, don't buy anything with an ankle strap as it will make your ankles look wider and draw attention. Go for a pump or slingback instead. This will draw attention away from your ankles and make your legs look longer.
If your legs are short, avoid t-strap shoes because they shorten your legs and can make your feet look wider than normal. Similarly, ankle strap shoes aren't the most flattering. Go for open toed shoes or nude high heels - they make your legs look long and lean.
If you want your legs to look longer, pointy-toed shoes will give you the illusion of extra height. A warning, though: pointy-toed shoes may be uncomfortable if you have wide feet, so if that's the case, save 'em for the special occasions only! No point in being miserable all night just to look good.
If you have wide feet, round-toed shoes have a cute vintage look, and can be the most comfortable option for those of us with wider feet. As a bonus, they can make your feet look smaller too.
It's worth spending more on..
Classic pumps and basics. A great quality pair of basic black heels can be worn with anything and will last forever. Similarly, a pair of nude high heels will never steer you wrong. Both of these styles can be worn for years and will still be "in fashion."
Shoes for work, interviews, and internships. When your professional reputation is at stake, you want to look your best. This means investing in quality shoes for work, or for when you go on interviews. For tips on what shoes to wear to work, see: what to wear to a job interview.
Don't spend a lot on..
Espadrilles. There's really no difference in quality between the brands when it comes to espadrilles - linen is linen, and rope is rope. Cheap ones are just as good as expensive Christian Louboutins in this case!
Trendy shoes. If they're going to be out of style in two months, dropping more than $100 is a waste of your money. Also, if these are shoes you're mostly going to be wearing to frat parties or get togethers where they're likely to have beer spilled on them, definitely go for cheap shoes!