We've gone over a few different ways to make your heels more comfortable. This $0 trick, anyone? But what we haven't quite spilled on is what to look for to ensure your heels won't hurt before you even purchase them. To help us break it down, we tapped shoe designer and heel expert Paul Andrew to fill us in on everything to look for to guarantee your heels will be comfy when you're out shopping.
Keep scrolling to check out the five no-fail tricks for comfortable heels. Plus, shop a few of our favorite heels of the moment, too.
"High heels require an exceptional level of engineering to make sure that the body's weight is balanced properly. If it's wobbling on the shelf, imagine how you'll feel walking down the street!" — Paul Andrew
"An underslung heel is one that is positioned under the center of the pad of your heel. This allows for a more even weight distribution, so that all of your weight isn't focused on the ball of your foot." — Paul Andrew
"Everyone has experienced a slingback that won't stay put; that's because so often the strap is fixed in-between the sole and insole, as opposed to being slotted vertically into the insole. Not only is a sliding strap annoying, it also means that your foot isn't properly held into the heel, which leads to discomfort." — Paul Andrew
"For pumps, many designers will cut the back of the pump lower. Unfortunately, this means your ankle isn't properly supported, which is essential for dancing-all-night comfort. Look for styles that cup and hold the heel or, better yet, have an ankle strap that will keep you firmly in the shoe." — Paul Andrew
"Everyone's foot is different, and with so many women playing sports, practicing yoga, and wearing sneakers in their everyday lives, the arch of the foot has changed dramatically since the days of sensible pumps for household chores. Many of the old-guard shoe manufacturers still use measurements for their lasts from decades ago, so ensure that when you're trying on a high heel that the insole supports your arch, that there's minimal space between the back of your foot and the shoe counter, and that your toes are not crushed. If your foot is supported, you're already ahead of the game." — Paul Andrew
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