Find your fit – which is the heel for you?
Wedge, stiletto, platform, kitten – throw these words at a man and ask him what they represent and you will never hear the word ‘footwear’ included in the list of descriptions. Ask women however, and chances are the first word out of their mouths would be – heels!
Gone are the days when wearing high heels simply meant wearing shoes with elevated heels so that women could look taller and more poised. Now there are heels to suit every occasion and every foot.
Let’s make it clear that sky high heels – like the ones you see models wear on the fashion runway, are extremely bad for your body. Research reveals that high heels change the way muscles and tendons in the feet and legs work together. Tendons in the feet shorten and lengthen, without stressing the muscles in the calves. When you make a habit of wearing heels, the tendons in your feet – especially the Achilles tendon shortens permanently, making it strenuous for your calf muscles. The structure of tendons, muscles, bones and joints change completely and it makes feet painful. But women will be women and they will wear heels, never mind if their feet kill them at the end of the day. So here is a list of heels that are available now – and not all of them harm the feet because they are not all high. A little bit of lift is enough to add poise to your walk and just that many inches so that you look good next to your handsome man.
Skyscrapers – These are really tall heels, as the name suggests. Usually stiletto – long and thin, like the knife they are named after, these heels can be as high as ten inches. Those who wear them swear that they make the legs look perfectly sculpted and accentuated the muscle tone. Also called pencil heels, they obviously dramatically adds to a woman’s height.
Kittens - These are small heels – and cute, as the name suggests. Generally found in both sandal and ballerina style, these heels generally don’t exceed two inches and are more forgiving to the legs and feet.
Conical heels: These have a broader base at the sole which tapers down to a pointed heel and thus gives the wearer better balance. They also don’t exceed two to three inches.
Spools – Not to be mistaken for anything to do with thread, spool heels follow an hourglass shape – that is, they are broad at the sole, taper in the middle and thickens again. They are also a good choice for those who don’t want to risk high heels.
Wedge: These are often the most sought after style by women who don’t want the pain that stilettos bring but want high heels all the same. The elevated sole runs for the length of the entire shoe and is significantly higher at the heel. This way, the foot does not have a dramatic lift upwards.
Platform: As the name suggests, the shoes are a chunky contraption that makes you feel like you are standing on two isolated platforms. The sole is uniformly thick and can be of any height. The downside is, these shoes look chunky and unfashionable and you can still trip and fall.
So there you have it - a list of heels that are currently the rage. Of course, there are variations of this and you even find strange glass heels with holes cut in them etc. on ramps, runways and even high end stores. Choose the heel that’s the most comfortable for you – or if you have painful feet, avoid them and go for ballerina flats. They come in a wide variety of colours and styles, heels aren’t the only means to fashion!