Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Simple new formula shows how to make high heels comfortable

carrie bradshaw.jpg

When it comes to choosing footwear, our number one priority is comfort. If a pair of shoes can't support us running to catch the bus, or withhold us standing in a crowded bar all evening, then they aren't our perfect match.

And we're not the only ones who have no patience with blisters and aching arches: just last week market research company Mintel revealed that in 2016, for the first time, women bought more pairs of trainers than heels.

But that could all be about to change, thanks to a revelatory new formula devised by a podiatrist that promises to make heels comfortable to walk in.

The formula will help banish high heel pain for good

The formula will help banish high heel pain for good

The formula, fittingly called Perfect Heel Height (PHH), works by matching a woman to her comfiest heel height using measurements of her foot.

Designed by consultant podiatrist Emma Supple, the formula will help work out whether your feet are naturally fitted to a pair of flats or sky-high platforms.

"I noticed many patients complaining about pain and then saying...that they always wear flat shoes," Supple told The Daily Mail.

"What they didn’t realise is that the structure of the ankle and the foot mean some women are naturally more comfortable with a higher heel. If you consistently wear the wrong heel height for your foot, then you are more likely to suffer discomfort."


Read more: Autumn fashion: 29 of the best heels, sneakers and boots to buy now


Supple hopes the formula will help women to choose the right height heel for their feet, and in turn banish discomfort: surprisingly, statistics from the College of Podiatry reveal that the average woman suffers 23 days of foot-related pain, which equates to a massive hour and a half every day. 

So how can you find your PHH? See Supple's formula below...

High heels or trainers? You decide

"If you consistently wear the wrong heel height for your foot, then you are more likely to suffer discomfort."

How to find your perfect heel height

  • "Take off your shoes, sit down and hold one leg straight out in front of you, relaxing your foot," Supple told The Daily Mail.
  • "If your foot sits naturally at a right angle to your outstretched leg and does not dangle, then you have less mobility in the talus and will be more comfortable in flat shoes than in high heels. If the top of your foot falls forwards, in a straightish line following your leg, you are a natural heel wearer."
  • "To find your optimum heel height, get a friend or partner to help stretch the tape measure from your heel in a straight line parallel to the floor, then place a pencil at the ball of your foot at right angles to the tape."
  • "Reading the tape measure where it hits the pencil will give you your ideal heel height."

Related

heels 3.jpg

Watch how high heels have transformed in the last 100 years

SJP.jpg

Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a collection of dresses

mules.jpg

Autumn fashion: 29 of the best heels, sneakers and boots to buy now

Comments

More

Ascot looks from the Stylist team

Ascot kicks off with Ladies' Day and glorious sunshine. Our Ascot oufits are a mixture of high street and designer pieces that adhere to the dress codes. Here’s what the Stylist team wore to the first two days.

by The Stylist web team
22 Jun 2017

Swarovski heiress gets wed in 46kg of glittering crystals

Seven stone of dedication to the family brand

by Amy Swales
22 Jun 2017

Did Elizabeth II send a political message with her Queen’s Speech hat?

People think she was sending a political message with her choice of millinery

by Moya Crockett
21 Jun 2017

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

20 Jun 2017

How to dress for hot weather if you hate summer clothes

“What do you mean, I can’t wear a turtleneck jumper in June?”

by Moya Crockett
19 Jun 2017

Would you wear this label’s new crotchless jeans?

Y/Project is switching up denim again

by Amy Swales
15 Jun 2017

Shopping mall kicks out woman wearing “inappropriate” Finding Nemo top

"Slut-shaming needs to stop"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
14 Jun 2017

How to buy Reese Witherspoon’s fashion line in the UK

Draper James is now available to Brit fans

by Amy Swales
07 Jun 2017

Where to buy Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester charity jumper

All profits go to the Red Cross We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

by Sarah Biddlecombe
06 Jun 2017

The secret fashion detail we all missed in The Handmaid’s Tale

There’s more to those costumes than meets the eye...

by Kayleigh Dray
05 Jun 2017