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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Components of a Stable High Heel Shoe

     The high heel shoe is often verbally chastised for some of the problems it can cause. That being said I think it is important to understand its importance in our fashion industry and to analyze some of the components of a stable high heel shoe. Next time you are in the market for this shoe type consider this list of properties that may make your selection a little safer.

 Here is one of patients demonstrating a wonderful Beautifeel Shoe that really was stable. Even though not this year's model, here is a link to their line where you will find several shoes of similar qualities. You can use the criteria below to find shoes made by many companies.

  •  The heel area should be wide (Cuban style).

  • The front area should also be wide
  • The arch is comfortable and supportive

  • The shoe should be easy to move through (from heel land to toe off) and not unstable in the heel/ankle area
  •  There is a strap in front of the ankle which stablizes the arch side of the heel
  •  The insole is cushioned and comfortable (protecting your foot)

  • The front strap or toebox area really holds your foot in (this shoe has an adjustable strap) without torturing the big toe area (bunion) or your toes
  • When landing on the shoe, the heel should engage only momentarily, with the weight transferring quickly to the arch and the front of the foot. You should not feel a jarring sensation when landing on the heel.

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