Thursday 18 January 2018

What She Wears: Footwear

The wedge shoe as featured during the Christian Dior S/S2010 fashion show.
The wedge shoe as featured during the Christian Dior S/S2010 fashion show.

Ann Marie Proudfoot

Have you ever noticed that the most common items in your wardrobe that you have an ongoing love-hate relationship with is your footwear?

The love affair begins when they catch our eye from across a crowded street and ends with sometimes cursing the pain they’ve inflicted on us at the end of a night out!

For most of us the reality is that we own more heels than flats or runners, and we have all bought a pair that looked so pretty we had already decided they were coming home with us before we even tried them on.

Although for years I have been a slave to shoes I fell in love with, I have now become a bit more conscious of what I put on my feet. There is no point in saying that we are not going to wear heels as much, but if you don't want to end up with angular toes (medically known as bunions) or trips to the foot doctor, then just put a little more thought into your feet before purchasing the next pair.

1. Ensure the fit is the best possible to avoid your foot sliding to the front of the shoe as this will cause pressure on your toes

2. Invest in pair of gel pads for the ball of your foot; this will help alleviate pressure and that throbbing pain after a day in high shoes

3. If you plan to wear your heels for the day, choose a pair with leather insoles and sides especially if you are not wearing tights. They tend to absorb sweat and don't cause your feet to slide around

4. If you are used to always wearing heels, apparently your Achilles tendon can shrink. Noticeable when you then wear flats and feel a pain in the back of the calf. One way to try to combat this is running or stretching exercises

5. Lastly, keep some plasters in your bag, especially for the first time you wear new shoes!

Now that we've taken care of the health of your feet, let's get down to the type that suit your leg and body shape best:

Large calves

If you find it hard to find a pair of boots that will zip up, then you are best opting for stretch knee highs. Alternatively, shoe boots are a great option for you.

Skinny legs

Shoe Boots are also a great option for your leg shape. Knee highs tend to be too loose on you and make your leg appear even thinner. Peep toe boots will suit you well.

Large ankles

Those of you with large ankles should Avoid ankle strap shoes as this will draw attention to your ankles. Try a pair of killer pumps. Buffalo do a good range with platforms which helps balance out the height of the heel.

Large feet

If you're a little self-conscious about the size of your feet, look for a peep toe or round toe with a chunky heel as this will make your feet appear smaller.

Short legs

Avoid ankle straps as they will make your legs look shorter; choose nude and beige shoes to elongate your legs. Kurt Geiger have perfect nude heels for this Spring/Summer.

Wide feet

Avoid pointed toes because they are just going to cause you pain around your toe area. Also, after a while, the shoes will display tell-tale signs that your toes are crammed in there! There are some very cute round toes shoes around that you will find much more comfy.

Short in height

Wedges are a great option if you are a little on the short side, because the height is distributed so they don't appear as high and don't look like you are wearing towering shoes.

Tall in height

Choose a stylish pair of flats if you feel too tall in heels.

There are great flat available online and in stores that will take you from day to night.

Finally treat yourself to a pedicure every once in a while, it all goes a long way to having happy feet.

The original article appeared on Ann-Marie Proudfoot writes for , a celebrity and catwalk style website for real life.

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