Back in the day, sky high stilettos were THE THING, but as we move into a more athleisure- friendly environment, more stylish options are emerging--which should be music to your ears (er, your toes).
Though it’s long been known, doctors are just now starting to tell us ALL the ways in which high heels are bad for us. They can negatively affect posture and bones by putting pressure on our joints, straining our muscles and contributing to ankle injury. In fact, the Washington Post laid it out plain and simple with the headline: High-heeled shoes may look good, but they’re bad for your feet.
According to the article, a podiatrist said, “Humans are meant to walk heel-to-toe, with the leg at about a 90-degree angle to the foot and the ankle joint employing a 60-degree range of motion during normal daily activities. By wearing a high heel, you’re altering the position of the foot and how the foot is to function...lots of bad things happen.” (Like the development of calluses and corns, capsulitis, neuromas, pinched nerves, stress fractures and plantar fasciitis, among other awful things!)
Careful, because you may think that a simply fix is flat shoes. Though those aren’t the answer either, as the Washington Post article also points out that “Uggs are really bad for your feet [because] they don’t support your arches” and the same is true for flip-flops. Heels with a 1-2 inch height seem to be what most people can wear and still see minimal side effects.
To help quell your worries about unfashionable feet (since we’ve just informed that resorting to flip flops and Uggs is not the answer), we’ve found a few styles to try out.
At just $79, these are both relaxed and chic. The peep toe slip on is appropriate for casual and office attire. Lightly cushioned to provide insole comfort, they come in a plethora of patterns and colors and have a heel height of just three inches. They have great closed toe, and bootie styles for winter. Plus, with every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS gives a new pair of shoes to a child in need through their One-for-One Program.
This low (just two inch) chunky heeled sling-back has both an open toe and heel. The nubuck leather upper and fabric lining provide next-to-skin comfort and the footbed offers generous cushioning. Moderately priced at $119, they come in black borneo, beige, cognac and sesame embossed nuback leather.
Birkenstock is back, baby. The anatomically correct cork footbed encourages foot health and will mold to the shape of your foot. The raised toe bar is designed to encourage the natural gripping motion of your feet, which helps to exercise your legs and aid in circulation. The neutral heel profile and deep heel cup keeps the natural padding of your foot in place so that your body weight is distributed more evenly. You may feel like you’re stepping back into the 90s, but, that’s ok...embrace it and pay the $135. Your feet (and body) will thank you for sure!
Birkenstocks...again? Yep! This version, with its two and a quarter inch heel, give you just a little height if you’re having trouble getting comfortable and feeling fashionable walking and standing at less of an angle. And, bonus - you still get all the benefits of the shoe listed just above. These are $120 and come in Graceful Toffee and Pearl White.
If you’re really looking to shirk stilettos and fully embrace the athleisure trend and pair your favorite swing dress with tennis shoes - these Cole Haan’s cost about $130 and are lightweight, comfortable, functional and stylish. Not to mention they come in eight colors!
What’s your favorite non-heel go to shoe? Where can we find it and why do you like it? If you can, take it a step further and tell us how to style it for work and casual attire! We’d love to hear from you!