Top Ten: How to buy high heels.
After witnessing many good and not so good walks on events like Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin or Fashion Days Zurich, I’d like to take this after fashion week fuzz for spreading my personal tips on high heels. How many pairs of gorgeous and not so gorgeous heels do you have in your closet? Probably too many… Let me give you a hand for your future footwear purchases with my personal Top Ten tips on how to buy high heels:
1. Do you like them? Not your friend, boyfriend, favourite magazine’s editor… Do YOU like them? Love them?
2. Can you walk in them without assembling a stork or hobbling ape? (Ask someone neutral or someone honest that you know and trust.) No stiff knees, wiggling ankles or gripping your thighs?
3. Can you name more than one outfit in your closet that goes with this potential new purchase? The price or name tag do not justify the bargain alone.
4. Can you afford them? And yes, you will still need food and other groceries until the end of the month.
5. At this point you have been wearing the heels for a while. What time of day is it? Note that your feet can swell up to a whole size each during a day so buying new shoes is an evening activity! And your feet are not exactly the same size. Never. So always try on both shoes of a pair. Now can you still feel your feet? And toes?
6. Do the shoes really fit? Are your big toes not tangling out of the peep-toe front? And your actual heels do not exit the back of the shoes like two oil pumps each time you try to move forward? Does the inside of the shoe feel slippery and dangerous or rather secure and stable?
7. Walk through the shop for at least a minute. Are people watching you? Do you like the way they are watching you? Is it pity or admiration?
8. Any pain so far? Get your feet out of the shoes and examine them carefully. Search for red or squeezed areas.
9. Heels which are higher than 8cm should have a plateau sole in the front for stabilisation. Now while wearing this pair of shoes: Can you stand on on foot? Without falling, jiggling or spaciously rowing with both arms?
10. Do you still love them?
…then buy them.
Let me know if you have even more tips on this challenge – no matter how strange they may seem!
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