What my feet learned in Europe

I just returned from a week in Paris. I had never been to Europe, or around anything so old and beautiful, so I was compelled to spend every day, all day, walking the streets of that gorgeous city. And because of my walking schedule I was forced to do something I hardly ever do: wear sneakers.
Okay, I admit it, at 5’2″ and living in New York, where a train stop is every few blocks, I pretty much wear heals all the time. But after a day of trecking along the Seine, I realized I’d have to quit my stillettos cold turkey. And do you know what I discovered? Muscles that I hadn’t been using, speeds that I haven’t achieved in years, the physical ability to keep going and going and going all day long. So, for now I hope to kick the heal habit and start wearing flats (at least some of the time) here in New York.
Still for those of us who love heals, here are some tips (from the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society no less) for helping your healed feet say “oh la la” for years and years to come…
Wear a shorter heel. a 2-inch heel causes less problems than a 4-inch heel. A shorter heel will give an elongated appearance if it is a thin stiletto type rather than a thick or chunky heel.
Try to save the use of your high heeled shoes for functions where you will not be on your feet for extended periods of time; treat them as a limited privilege accessory.
Take your designer shoes to a pedorthist to have them custom fit to your feet. They may be able to stretch the toe box to better accommodate your feet.
Try wearing a larger size shoe than usual and insert heel cups into the backs for a better or more comfortable fit.
Wear open toe shoes instead of a similarly-styled shoe that causes discomfort in your toes. Partially open toe shoes have become more acceptable in many work environments, allowing you to further customize your shoes to your feet.
Remember that however appealing those high-heel, high-fashion shoes are, your feet need to carry you around for a lifetime. Treat them kindly!

1 Comment so far

  1. li'l soso (unregistered) on September 21st, 2004 @ 3:14 am

    I know so many sneaker shops we need to go to!!! welcome to my side of the sole!

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