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HEELS ... can't live with them ... can't live without them ... gotta have them in our wardrobe!

Now, reality check. They hurt, and they hurt really, really bad when
we've been strutting around in them for any length of time. The question
is, do you sacrifice style for comfort? Heck no! We love them because
they make our legs look longer and our body slimmer. We love them
because we know men think they're hot. We love them because they add
"chic" to our outfits. There is just no denying that a good looking pump
or, stiletto just makes our calves look fantastic and our legs as sexy
as Beyonce's.

We can thank all those wonderful shoe designers out there for causing
all this misery, and while the American Podiatric Medical Association
tells us the easy way out is simply tossing them out with the trash ...
shame on them ... let's give you some helpful hints on how you can make
them work for you, and not against.

~ Granted a shorter heel (up to 2 inches) is right for comfort and
health. Just keep in mind anything higher is going to place undue
pressure on the ball of your foot and frontal bones. If you have to go
with the height, try kicking them off when you can and keep a pair of
flats/slippers under your desk for relief.

~ Believe it or, not, many women will sacrifice a smaller size because
they fell in love with a certain style and the store doesn't have a pair
left in their real size. Also, it's important to have your foot
measured ever so often. Feet can grow as we get older and also longer
and wider after pregnancy. You have to make sure there is at minimum a
thumbs width between your longest toe and the shoe tip for proper room.

~ Pointed & Narrow Squared toes may be the fashion but, rounded toe
shoes allow your toes to lie flat and spread out naturally. If you
can't, then at least try and alternate once and a while. Pointed &
narrow squared toes can cause joint pain, bunions and wrench your toes
inward.

~ Many fashion shoes only come in a standard width. If you have wide
feet, obviously this will cause a problem. If you love the style so much
and must have them, a shoemaker can usually stretch them to widen the
toe box to enhance comfort-ability.

~ Think about cushioning. We're on our feet more than ever and many
shoes come with less than adequate padding. We've all felt that
unbearable burning on the balls of our feet. You know and I know it will
happen because heels shift our weight fully right to that area. Follow
this link http://www.footpetals.com/cgi-bin/footpetals/index.html for the answer to that problem ... you're going to love it !!

If you are a petite woman, stop by and visit our blog and read more fun articles on everything from home to fashion. You'll find us at http://cinderellaofboston.blogspot.com

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Comment by Carol Ross on March 16, 2011 at 10:29pm
I Love it! Love the shoes! Just bout a pair of 5 inch shoes!
Comment by Shannon Colleary on December 21, 2010 at 12:23pm

Love this article.  I look fabulous in heels but they hate me.  Here's a link to my journey through hell wearing heels to jury duty.  Worse than being on a murder trial."These Shoes Weren't Made For Walkin'"

Comment by pope.cheryl on November 16, 2010 at 12:13pm
LOL. I could never walk in heals. Two inches is all I can deal with. I have friends that can wear stilletos like gym shoes. LOL. One friend told me that her mother would have them do chores in heels to teach the to tolerate heels. I love your posts. Keep up the good work:)

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