Christian Louboutin recently came out and told us all that comfort was not his priority when designing shoes, but luckily not all shoes are designed with this approach and there are plenty of options for wearing heels that don’t cripple you. My key concern when buying shoes is whether or not I will be able to dance all night in them, and in this never ending quest I have learned a few tricks along the way.
Firstly, wedges are a godsend. The even distribution of weight over the whole shoe ensures a longer lasting comfort. I’m sure there is a scientific formula for this kind of comfort but alas I’ve left my physics days long behind me. Don’t go for anything too drastically high – a little lift is all you need and these Aldo ones are perfect as they’re formal enough for work but they’ll look great with little summer dresses on the weekend too.
Second, always go for a stacked heel. It takes away the wobbling factor so you’ll be able to go for longer. A metallic heel is the leitmotif of the season so these Topshop heels will keep you in comfort and on trend while you work.
Third, a platform is a girl’s best friend. It will transform all your outfits by giving the gift of longer legs, without having to bend your feet into crippling deformities. Make sure the platform isn’t too high and ensure it is matched with a solid chunky heel. I have found that a very comfortable shoe is the platform heel with an ankle strap – whatever the reason, it works. These Nine West ones may look high but the tall platform and sturdy construction should make them great for long hours on your feet.
Fourth, invest a bit more and buy a fine pair of heels with built-in support. Lucy Choi has just launched a range of elegant and pretty shoes that are designed with comfort in mind – each soul is padded with some heavenly gel-like substance which will be a godsend for tired feet. These are more expensive than high street prices but the classic style will mean they will not only keep you going on the shop floor, but they’ll keep you well-heeled on the dance floor for years to come.
Failing all that, pop a pair of elegant flats into your bag that you can change into when your feet just can’t take the pressure any more. These studded black slippers from Sam Edelman will formalise any outfit.