If you spend a lot of time in high heels, you've already heard all of the horror stories about how they're going to ruin your feet and wreak havoc on the rest of your body.

While some generalizations may be a bit overdone, the fact is, flat shoes generally are much better for us.

But if you're one of the many women who actually finds flat shoes to be uncomfortable, it's going to be difficult to convince you to wear them for the long term. After all, they're causing you pain right now.

But never lose hope. Whatever your choice is, there are always a good variety (high heels, medium heels or flat) in the market or online; just double check it meets your requirements before you add to your cart. Even you will find a pair of nice flop flops with high heels.

Aren't Flats More Comfortable than Heels?

It's a fair question, and the answer is simple: They should be. But not all flat shoes are created equal. So, to make sure they actually are more comfortable than heels, you're going to need to know how to find a good pair of flats. Additionally, you'll need to learn which styles and brands are best suited to your feet.

The first thing you need to understand is that your weight is distributed differently across high heels than it is when you're wearing flat shoes. This means that you'll be looking for different features in flats than you do in heels.

It also means that, if you're accustomed to wearing heels all the time, your feet may need time to adjust to wearing flats on a regular basis. At first, try alternating between wearing heels and flats until your feet have acclimated to the change.

Are Your Flats Supporting You?

If you still find that you're more comfortable in heels, or the pain of flats is just too much to bear, it could be that your flats are not providing enough arch support.

This isn't always the case, so if you don't want to spring for a new pair of shoes you're unsure of, you can test out this theory with a pair of flats you already own by adding supportive insoles and seeing if they help.

Quality Counts

If you do find yourself shopping for a new pair of flats, don't automatically reach for the cheapest shoes on the shelf. While they may be healthier for your savings account, your feet may pay full price, and then some.

In addition to lacking support, cheap shoes are usually made of stiffer, lower quality materials. Consequently, they won't have as much "give" as some of the more expensive brands. Higher quality materials like leather, suede, and nicer fabrics will stretch a bit, giving a better fit. These materials also breathe a bit more, so your feet won't get as hot.

Additionally, features like goring, thicker insoles, and even shoelaces may add a bit to the price tag, but can pay for themselves several times over by giving you a more customizable fit.

Make No Assumptions

It doesn't matter if you've been always been a size 7, you need to try on any shoes before committing to them. This is especially true when transitioning from heels to flats.

Depending on the shape of your feet, you may find that you need flats with higher vamps; wider toe boxes; or even a different overall width than what you're used to wearing in heels.

For all these reasons, I actually recommend shopping at a shoe store that is staffed with fit specialists. They can sort out your proper size and width, and point you towards brands that will accommodate your needs.

If you're still not able to find flats that work for you, it's time to pay a visit to a podiatrist -- or at least your general practitioner. You may have an undiagnosed foot problem that needs to be addressed.

Because if you have supportive, quality shoes in the right size and width, then yes, flats should be more comfortable than heels.


Published by Emily Rose