On a raining Sunday morning, Miss Ozeoma, a model based in Lagos recalled walking to church in ‘killer’ three-inch stilettos. As she strutted down the street, people stared, sometimes not always in a good way. According to her, she is just a fashion enthusiast, who feels comfortable wearing high heel shoes.
“If I must wear heels, then I will always make sure, it is one that I am comfortable in. I am not one of those many ladies that do not heed advice and step out of their houses in all manner of high heels shoes only to cause unnecessary discomfort and even embarrassment for themselves. I am very comfortable in whatever I wear.” She said in a chat.
Ozeoma is one of many others (fashion enthusiasts), that wearing high heel shoes has become a norm for them. Be it at social functions, work or even in churches, women are now increasingly opting to wear high heels on a daily basis.
For some ladies there is nothing sexier than a pair of high heels. That is if you can master walking in them. Other women who have experienced that terrific feeling of glamour while wearing a great pair of high heels will attest that there is no substitute for these beauties.
Nowadays, some Nigerian ladies can be seen wearing these ridiculously high-heeled shoes that come as high as 14 inches. There are different kinds – the wedge, clogs, ankle strap heels, wedge sandals, and the high heel sandals, and they come in assorted colour.
Though, fashionable and stylish, high heels may not be best for your health. According to Stephen Hartman, a chiropodist and the chief executive officer of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine, heels that are two inches or higher propel the body forward, turning the simple act of walking into an awkward chore. They also point the foot downward, reducing its ability to flex and absorb shock. This leaves areas like the knees and hip joints to pick up the slack, which can aggravate and sometimes even cause arthritis.
Health experts have revealed that regularly wearing high heels can lead to a host of health conditions. Such conditions include poor posture, put pressure on your joints, and to a range of conditions including arthritis, hammer toes, back pain and tendon injuries.
How then do you wear high heels without pain or without having any health hazards? Is it even possible? For high heel wearers, health experts suggest that in order to minimise damage, you should limit your heels to 1.5 inches for daily inorder to help reduce the pressure on joints. Other precautions are listed below:
- If you are obsessed with super high heels, choose a pair that also features a platform through the front of the shoe. This offers the look of high heels, but raises the ball of the foot as well as the heel, putting less pressure on the ball overall. A three-inch heel with a one-inch platform feels more like two inches.
- Always choose a comfort brand. For fashion setters, it is possible to find a pair of heels that are both supportive and comfortable. Just be aware that comfortable and supportive heels often cost a premium compared to strictly style counterparts
- Be mindful to wear heels for a few hours as this can save your back, joints, and tender toes. You can even purchase folding flats that slip into your purse for a discreet way to change into something more comfortable as the night goes on.
- If you find that your feet are achy and sore after a day in heels, sit on your couch or try to stretch your feet. It is one of the ways to relieve tight muscles and tendons after a punishing day in heels.