A great dress looks even more marvelous if paired with a pair of elegant shoes. If one must settle for a dress with a dull mixture of colours, the right pair of shoes can bring in a vibrant feel. Shoes thus can bring grace and poise to a dress, and create a seamless combination for the wearer. And if the shoes are high heels, what would most women-and especially the younger lot- not do to possess them!
Why We love Our High Heels
High heeled shoes, not only make your legs look hot and sexy, but make them look longer too. They give a toned look to the legs and hence, make them visually appealing and shapely. In short, high heels are a definite confidence booster, and ensure easy acceptance in a peer group, especially when in college.
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Why High Heels aren’t for Daily Wear
However, high heels are very low on comfort. These high heels can lead to corns, calluses, painful in- grown toe nails and can lead to varicose veins in the long run. Hip and back pains are often the result of wearing high heels for long periods through the day.
Shoe companies generally refer to shoe pain index for designing their shoes. A look at the chart below can tell you a lot about the kind of comfort level to expect from your pair of shoes.
High Heels: Some Pain Some Gain
When should you wear Stilettos?
Stiletto high heels are the most favoured by fashionistas. These are best worn with clothes that give the body an elongated look that is best suited for cigarette pants and pencil skirts. But these can be comfortable only for an hour’s wear. Beyond this, they can make one very uncomfortable. Hence, one should try and wear them for only formal or semi formal occasions, where one is not required to be around for long.
Are Wedges, Block and Kitten Heels Comfortable?
Block and wedge high heels are slightly more comfortable than stilettos. But they cease to be comfortable beyond three hours or so. These go well with party dresses, designer sarees, and hence must be worn for light evenings or a night out. If you are one of those types who cannot live without heels then go for kitten heels, which can be worn for 5 hours or so, without making you uncomfortable. Kitten heels can also be worn with office suits and salwar kameez to give that feminine look with a reasonable amount of comfort.
Flats and Ballerinas for Daily Wear
For ultra comfort, ballerina flats are the ones to look out for. Wear them with jeans, pants and even short dresses for that yappy look! These are stylish and carry well with any and every outfit.
Selecting shoes can be a difficult affair if we do not dwell into the pros and cons of the various types. First and foremost, the comfort level should be uppermost in one’s mind when selecting a pair of shoes. Hence, stick to flats for daily use, since they are best to walk around in. For formal occasions, wedges or kitten heels do well since they look chic while being fairly comfortable. Pencil heels should be opted for wearing over a short period of time. Ensure that your shoes complement your personality. For instance, the sporty types can opt for sports shoes with a simple dress and carry it off, while the super-confident can opt for flats with a short dress and yet carry the day.
The trick is, dressing up in keeping with one’s total persona!