Sporting skyscraper heels? No need to take baby steps. Kill those shoeicidal thoughts by learning your comfort level. —Jessica C. Andrews
Super Comfortable | Chunky
Toe-throbbing footwear can have you doing the wobble all night. Instead of flying to the floor mid-twerk, stand your ground in chunky heels. The thickness helps stabilize your hoofs by distributing weight more evenly.
Comfortable | Platform
Platforms give you podium-height while providing ample support for your soles. The surface area works like a built-in cushion to relieve pressure off the balls of your feet and ease strain on your arch. You’ll appear longer and leaner, minus the lemon faces.
Slightly Uncomfortable | Wedges
Wondering how Lady Gaga walks tall without kissing asphalt? These secure sandals offer a better foundation, which makes it easier to balance. While there’s no needle-thin heel wrecking your catwalk, the height can still put a burden on those golden arches.
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Uncomfortable | Stilettos
When your heel is higher than a Colorado resident, undue strain can cause hairline fractures and inflamed nerves. Two-inch-plus shoes also shift the body forward, slowing your stroll. To alter your alignment, pop in padded inserts (Dr. Scholl’s Ball of Foot Gel cushions, $6, target.com).
Statement Shoes | Pointed Toes
Dagger sharp pumps are like death to your little piggies. To stop the peak from scrunching and pinching toes (which can lead to joint pain, bunions or even a hammer effect down the line), get shoes professionally stretched. Plan B: Make like Dreamgirls and suck it up for one night only.