Pros and Cons of High Heeled Shoes

High heels may be fashionable but they are not always the best choice for your feet, or your health. The pros and cons of wearing high heels are discussed.

High heeled shoes may be fashionable, but what are they doing to your feet, back and the rest of your body? A look at the pros and cons of wearing high heeled shoes like the pedestal, wedge and stiletto will let you know if fashion is worth the risk. Looking good and feeling good may not always go hand in hand.

The Pros

First and foremost, most women feel sexy, slender and put together when they slip on a pair of high heeled shoes. Women who may struggle with feeling attractive or sexy can improve their self esteem by putting on a pair of high heels. The angle your leg forms when placed in a high heel can be very flattering to the calves and elongates your appearance.

Your calf muscle will relax or contract based on the angle created by your footwear. A high heel causes the calves to contract when you are standing, giving you a toned and muscular appearance. While this contraction does lead directly into one of the cons of wearing a high heel, the aesthetic influence of the heel is a pro.

Another pro for wearing high heels is the fashion forward timelessness of a “pump.” The patent leather black high heeled pump has been in style for decades and doesn’t seem to be passing out of trend any time soon. The perfect companion to the Little Black Dress, a high heel can complete an ensemble and bring a casual or simple outfit to new heights.

Tall and slender are great adjectives to hear about the way you look. If you want to look taller than you are naturally, a high heel can accomplish that for you. Whether it’s to have a more formidable presence or raise the hem of your favorite floor length gown, the extra inches provided by a high heeled shoe are a big pro of this footwear style.

The Cons

Every woman who is a fan of wearing high heeled shoes can most likely feel or have experienced some or all of the cons of the fashion forward footwear. When you are wearing a high heeled shoe, you’re balancing all of your weight forward onto the balls of your feet. A shift back toward your heels can result in a high heel catastrophe. If you misstep in a high heeled shoe you can break the heel off, causing you to fall or stumble. There’s also the ever present danger of rolling your ankle, especially in a narrow or exceptionally tall heel.

The calf contraction that gives your leg that perfectly sculpted high heel shape is a big contributor to the tired, sore and stiff feeling your legs can start to have after prolonged high heel wearing. Shin splints, which is an inflammation of the muscles around your shin, are also a common, and painful, affliction experienced by habitual high heel wearers. Hammertoe is another painful, and disfiguring, con of wearing high heels too much, improperly or in the wrong size. Once you start showing signs of hammertoe, it’s often too late to reverse the damage done to the bone structure of your toes and feet.

The best way to prevent any damage to your feet, legs or toes without sacrificing your fashion sense is to wear high heels in moderation and make sure you break them in before wearing your pumps for an extended period of time.


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