What to bear in mind when looking for comfortable heels?
High heels are a look that inspires passion: they make you taller, give you poise and can even be slimming. That being said, they are also one of the most compromising options as they can cause great discomfort, tire out your feet or even cause injury. Want to know what to bear in mind when searching for the right heels? Let O.SUR tell you how!
4 essential characteristics for the perfect heels
1) Heel strength. It might seem obvious, but this is something we often overlook: the wider the heel and the stronger the materials, the better. If the soles of your shoes have a good base, especially at the heel, they’ll be much more stable and comfortable.
What’s more, it’s also important to bear in mind the quality of the raw materials used to construct the heel, including how it’s been fixed to the body of the shoe. This means, that models designed with their wearer in mind and made by expert craftsmen will always be a sure-fire option.
2) Position of the heel. This is perhaps the most technical aspect of spotting the perfect heel, but at the same time, one of the most important. In order to help you balance, the heel should sit just below the centre of your heel bone (the calcaneus, in medical terms), which bears the weight of your entire body.
In order to find this centre of gravity, you need to be able to draw a straight line between that point of your heel and the centre of the shoe’s heel: as a result, the weight of your body will be borne evenly.
3) Your toes must be able to rest. The foremost third of your foot needs room to move with the shoe and with each step. The heel might be perfect, but if the toe of the shoe is not properly designed it could cause discomfort, pain and short to medium-term problems such as blisters, calluses, bunions or mallet toes.
To avoid this, your shoes’ toes should always (or as often as possible) be rounded, leaving enough space for your feet to breathe. To give it credit, a quality pointed shoe will have been designed to follow the shape of your foot. But, in reality, the space left for your toes comes before the point and is indeed rounded. It’s also a good idea to opt for deep toe caps that leave space above your toes, too.
4) Size and shape. This is the most subjective consideration, as it depends on each person’s feet and how shoes feel when you put them on, not forgetting the work of the designer and the shoemaker. It’s all about how your foot sits in the shoe, which depends on it’s shape and knowing which size to choose. This final aspect deserves some time and consideration, since our feet change more than we think over time.
Any shoes, but especially heels, should feel like an extension of our legs, not like an alien appendage. To some extent, the cliché that a shoe should “fit like a glove” is true: it ensures your feet are held in place and well supported, that the shoe is well built and that the heel helps maintain your equilibrium. If all of these criteria are met, wearing heels will be a very pleasant experience.
O.SUR’s 4 heeled models
At O.SUR, all our designs combine style, beauty and trend with the highest quality, as we’re always working with the wearer in mind. And, in the case of our heels, we wouldn’t dream of anything less. Have you seen them yet?
- Cannes: an classically elegant, jet-black court shoe features a 4-cm heel and can be worn with any outfit.
- Creta: this court shoe design has taken inspiration from the vintage models of the 1930s, featuring smooth camel and black leather with a distinguished 4-cm heel.
- Corfú: these exclusive boots with a sultry gap at the bridge and versatile folded lapel are made from intense chocolate brown suede with a subtle 2.3-cm heel.
- Cerdeña: calf-length boots with a 5-cm heel. This casual model in chocolate tones is perfect for wearing anywhere and everywhere given just how comfortable it is.
Thinking of wearing heels this autumn/winter season? With these O.SUR designs, you’ll be setting trends in the most comfortable shoes everywhere you go!