Wearing high heels in the right size is vital if you want to feel comfortable and to be safe from possible incidents. Here are a few signs that can help you determine when it is time for you to change your high heels to a different size.
Bustle has a neat list of seven signs that your high heels are not the right size. We can confirm from personal experience that they are valid. There are even more signs, but let’s stick with these for a start.
The first one is if your feet slide too much in the shoe. It is good to have a little room, but if it is too much, then your foot can slip inside the shoe and before you know it, your high heels can end up on the side of your foot accompanied by tumbling over at the least. Not good. So if your shoes are too big, either opt for a smaller size or add padding.
On the opposite scale – if your shoes are squishing your feet. This can lead to bunions, severe pain and ligament damage. There’s no other way to solve this by simply getting a bigger pair.
Sticking with the pain. If you feel pain at the ball of your foot, the back of your heel or other place on the foot, this is a sign that the fit is not right. Chafing, straps digging in your skin, blisters and cuts are the obvious signs that it is too late and you must change to a bigger and more comfortable pair of heels as soon as possible.
A pump should fit around your foot snugly. There should not be visible holes on the side of the foot arch for example. This means that it is not the right size and must be changed.
If you wear sandals or open-toe shoes, then make sure your foot and toes are resting comfortably on the soles. If your toes tend to overhang after you make a few steps, then the shoes are too small.
The heel itself should be positioned in the middle beneath your own heel. At least this is the case for most high heel designs. There are some models with heels at the very back of the shoe. This is bad for the long term because it throws the balance out and make it more stressful for the foot.
Another tell-tale sign is the movement of your own heel in the shoe. If it bobs up and down, then the shoe is too big. At most it should move to about half an inch. Anything more than that is an invitation to your heel popping out of the shoe ending in disaster. If the shoes are comfortable overall, simply add heel pads at the back of it to add that extra support for your own heel and you are good to go.