Did you know that 71% of women site high-heel wearing as their biggest source of foot pain,  but 38% of women would continue to wear the shoes that were torturing their feet if they really liked them? Just look around you. The latest trend for spring shoes is something called a floss heel. 

What is a floss heel, you may ask? I know I did. According to fashion bloggers, it's basically a heeled sandal with supportive straps that are so thin they resemble...dental floss. Pretty, sure. Supportive: heck no. Yet women everywhere are rushing to pick up this hot new shoe trend. And their feet are suffering the consequences: unsupportive heels can leave you with toe pain from gripping to keep the shoes in place, and those kitten heels leave you devastating unbalanced. All in the name of, what? Showing off a little extra top-of-the-foot skin?

It just sounds kind of crazy, right? Still, I understand the urge to wear what you love, so here are some high heels you can wear all day without hurting your feet as much as other pairs might. Remember to take these tips with a grain of salt, though…a supportive shoe is still better than even the comfiest of the pairs listed below: 

Woman checking her phone while wearing sensible high heel shoes


Five Better-For-You High Heels

Chunky, Stacked Heels
This shoe provides a larger base so you can evenly distribute your weight. Plus, the sturdier the shoe, the less likely you are to wobble or sprain your ankle while walking.

Low Heels
Sky-high heels put too much pressure on the balls of your feet, ankles and knees. The lower the heel, the more natural your foot position will be, thereby eliminating a great deal of discomfort. Keep them under two inches if you can.

Round- or Open-Toe Ankle Boots
Ankle boots keep your foot secure, allow for adequate movement and, thanks to a roomier toe, prevent painful afflictions like bunions and hammer toes.

“Comfort” Pumps
Good-for-you shoe brands like Naturalizer, Clarks and Rockport have branched out to make high-heels with reinforced heels, superior cushioning and flexible leathers that still look cute. Worth checking out

Platform are great because they raise the front of your foot closer to your heels, thereby alleviating the strain on the arch and the balls of your feet—meaning less Achilles problems and happier feet.


Source: American Podiatric Medical Association, apma.org, Whowhatwear.com 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.