Do comfortable heels exist? It’s a question as old as heels themselves. While it’s unlikely that a pair of heels is going to provide as much all-day comfort as a pair of flats would, there are a few key design features that can make all the difference when it comes to finding those elusive comfortable heels. Keep these expert tips in mind next time you’re shoe shopping and you might just find your most comfortable heels yet.
RECOMMENDED COMFORTABLE HEELS
Think outside the (toe) box
When your heel is lifted, gravity dictates that your foot will slide forward into the toe box. To avoid crushed toes, take some time to find the perfect toe-box shape for you. The most comfortable heels will have enough room for your toes to be comfortable which unfortunately leaves pointed-styles out in the cold if you often struggle with narrow designs. However, if a sleek look is what you’re after, almond toes are a perfect blend of a slimline point with a roomier rounded toe so you can get the look you want without sacrificing on comfort.
For the most comfortable high heel option, look to modern square - toe styles that give your toes enough room to spread out as you walk. If you’re not sure where to start, check out Each x Every’s square-toe boots, courts and sandals as your first port of call.
The golden height to width ratio
A good rule of thumb when searching for comfortable high heels is to make sure that heel height is balanced out with heel width. So, if adding height is your main priority, a chunky block heel will help to keep your weight distributed evenly so you can stay balanced and comfortable all day. Likewise, if the small heel trend is calling your name, you can play around with heel widths and shapes to find comfortable high heels that bring comfort and style in equal measure.
Remember that the most comfortable heels are the ones you can easily walk in, so if you don’t feel confident striding in a higher heel, consider a mid or low heel instead. Each x Every offers a wide range of heel heights and styles so you can find your perfect match without compromising on the look you love.
Cushioning is key
Love your leather
Good quality leather can make all the difference between comfortable heels and uncomfortable ones. Look for premium leathers such as full-grain, suede, lambskin or patent leathers to ensure your heels will last longer than a season.
If you tend to experience tightness around the toe box, consider buying a comfortable heel in suede or soft calfskin. The leather will mould to your foot the more you wear it, creating a glove-like fit that can’t be beaten when it comes to comfort.