It is fair to say that comfort and style are two words that do not go well together, indeed, we are brought up to assume that we can have either one or the other, but not both. If we want to wear comfortable shoes, then we sacrifice style, and if we want to wear stylish shoes, then we compromise our comfort. The older we get, the more concerned we become with comfort over style, however, contrary to popular belief, a trade-off is not necessary, it is perfectly possible to find comfortable and stylish shoes. The difficulty comes in knowing how to select women’s shoes, and here, we will provide you with the answers. This way, you can have the best of both.
Firstly, you need to shop with stores that have a great deal of choice, the smaller the selection of shoes available, the greater the chances of needing to compromise or the other style or comfort. The best place to shop is online, internet stores have a much greater range than real-world stores, there are many reasons for this, we will not go into detail but suffice it to say that it is true.
Online shopping, as you may have already realised, makes it difficult to test comfort if you cannot try shoes on, how will you know whether the fit is comfortable? Well, the answer to this is that you will not but with most online retailers of women’s shoes, there is an option of returning the shoes within a specific time-frame if the shoes do not fit. Although it can be irritating to return a new pair of shoes, the choice available online far makes up for and hassle incurred.
More often than not, heels are the greatest perpetrators of style over comfort and because many shorter women wish to appear taller, it is often they that make the greatest sacrifices on comfort. However, there are some tricks that you can employ when choosing heels, which makes them more comfortable. For example, opt for a wedge heel, rather than a pointed heel, these spread your weight over a greater surface area, making it easier to bear. Also choose a lower heel: the higher the heel, the more concentrated the pressure. If you are desperate to wear four, five, or even six-inch heels, then simply opt for a design that lifts the front of the foot too, so that the gradient between your toes and heel is less pronounced - you still have height, but without the pain.
People with narrower feet need to choose a style of shoe that supports the back of the ankle. The reason for this is that the back of the shoe will tend to flop up and down as you walk, and you will find that you grip the shoes with your toes, which after an extended period can lead to significant pain. Flip-flops are notorious for creating this effect, so rather than choosing to wear flip flops, choose lightweight women’s shoes, such as gladiator sandals - these are much more stylish than flip flops, and also a lot more comfortable. If you have wider feet, you will not need to worry so much about this problem, as your feet tend to wedge in the shoe, and lift up the entire sole as you walk.