What woman doesn’t feel sexy in stilettos? Not only do they make the legs look amazing, donning these fashionable stilts has the ability to make women feel powerful and the center of attention. Although stilettos are in a category all their own, they are still shoes and when it comes to shopping for the perfect pair, it’s important for women to know the dos and don’ts that apply.
DO: Shop for comfort, not just style
There are stilettos out there that are just to die for but if they’re not comfortable, your feet will be the only ones that’ll feel like they’re dying. Don’t go overboard with the style factor. The health of your feet is vital and you’ll be much happier in the long run by purchasing a pair of stilettos that satisfy the style factor as well as the comfort factor.
Women more prone to foot pain don’t have to be out of the running when choosing these types of heels. Instead of buying a pair of stilettos with a super skinny heel, opt for a thicker heel that still has the height. Platform styles offer additional support and are less likely to put as much stress on the foot itself, compared to the traditional stiletto style.
DON’T: Go for the highest heel possible
As fun as it may be to play up one’s height, if you aren’t experienced enough with walking in stilettos, you’ll only open yourself up to a challenge by purchasing sky-high heels. First timers are encouraged to invest in a shorter stiletto style in order to practice walking and getting the feet adjusted to this particular style. If you normally live in flats and wedges, slapping on high heels of this kind will throw you off completely.
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The shorter stiletto is ideal for bumping the height up just enough to get a feel for the shoes while decreasing the risk of falling. Remember, falling in high heels can cause severe injuries to the foot, especially the ankle.
DO: Experiment with different styles
You don’t have to buy a strappy stiletto with a super high, skinny heel. There are plenty of diverse options to choose from in terms of style. There are funky combinations that bring together not just the height of the heel, but the fashion of footwear. For example, a pair of booties with a thicker stiletto heel is an ideal style that provides maximum support, style, and flexibility when it comes to ankle movement.
DON’T: Buy cheap stilettos
This doesn’t mean you have to spend over $100, however. Just as it’s important to choose a pair of stilettos for its comfort and height factor, the same goes for the materials the shoes are made of. The main concern when wearing stilettos is making sure you don’t fall, walk incorrectly or become more prone to misstep. The shoe material itself can play into this factor.
Quality material is sturdy yet flexible and doesn’t restrict movement of the foot and ankle. But cheap materials like the popular plastic versions increase the likelihood of accidents occurring. There are plenty of stilettos of good quality that are within the $50-$100 price range.
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