Comfortable Heels for Winter

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For most people, it seems like a choice has to be made between being stylish and practical. In this case, two words that aren’t usually seen to go together are heels and comfort. But, with winter right around the corner, there are shoes out there that encompass these two great things. So, if you’re sat there thinking, “what are the most comfortable heels?” then sit back, relax and check out our guide on finding the perfect heels that can take you through every season without destroying your feet.

Comfortable High Heels

For many women, straying from high heels, regardless of the pain seems so difficult due to the added height they offer and the magic ability they have to elongate your legs. However, when you’re getting blisters on top of blisters, you do start to question: “it is worth it?”

Now this may seem like a myth, but comfort shoes for women do exist (and that doesn’t just mean you have to resort to wearing flats). Heels come in a variety of heights, starting from petite one-inch kitten heels, allowing you to still be able to incorporate heels into your winter wardrobe without feeling like your feet are about to fall off. It’s a win-win!

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Different Types of Heels

The great thing about heels is the sheer amount of types of heel available. With this, you may even encounter various hybrids or combinations of heel types opening you up to an even bigger world of shoes.

Although this may seem daunting and quite a large task, the promising thing is that you are bound to find a comfy pair to suit you and your lifestyle.

High Heels

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Now although we are talking about comfort, it doesn’t mean that high heels must be avoided at all costs. Understandably, 6 inch stilettos probably aren’t the most comfortable heels in a world and, honestly, probably never will be. However, when you delve a little further, you will soon discover that there are more alternatives out there that can deliver the leg lengthening look without the crippling pain.

Opt for heels with block a heel or ankle strap to offer your feet more support without compromising on style.

Most Comfortable Wedges

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PHOTO CREDIT: ASOS. From left to right: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Most noticeable for the extra height that runs along the whole of the underneath of the shoe, this extra coverage provides more comfort while still being able to offer a considerable difference in height. A great alternative for those of you less confident in walking in high heels too!

Comfortable Ankle/Long Boots

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Although not commonly associated with heels, with a shorter heel and a ‘sock’ that continues up to the ankle or perhaps even further, they are definitely a safe choice when it comes to comfort. Depending on your personal preference and sizing, knee-high or even thigh-high boots can be a great alternative to a traditional style of ankle boot or heel. Based on celebrity and street style, these are still very much on trend and are sure to keep you warmer in the final months of the year.

Comfortable Platforms

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When it comes to comfortable platform shoes, having a substantial heel is optional but added height will be guaranteed. With extra height added on the sole, usually just underneath where the ball of your foot would sit, it often feels like you aren’t even wearing heels at all.

Also, if your arches are prone to aching then the platform heel is a great choice for you as it prevents strain and balances out the pressure as you are walking.

How to Make Heels Comfortable

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Of course, there will be a number of you who are keen to find comfy heels but are trying to avoid buying any more shoes. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to get your own pair of comfy heels without having to raid the bank.

Footwear and foot care brands, the Holy Grail being Dr Scholl’s, have a great range of products for you to choose from to help you beat the pain. Whether it be on the balls of your feet or heels they are your must have purchase! Plus we swear by these pre blister sticks – prevention is better than the cure right? Simply rub on any areas you’re worried about pinching and you’re good to go.

If you’re wanting to avoid the gel cushions then carrying a pair of foldable ballet flats with you can be a great solution. We recommend Butterfly twists and you can get them at a discounted rated at Shoeaholics.com.

How to Wear Heels Comfortably in Winter

  • There’s more to heels than just the height;
  • Look for: supportive soles, thick heel and low arch.
  • Opt for ankle straps to avoid shoes slipping off and rubbing
  • Add insoles or cushion pads for extra comfort
  • Try pre blister sticks – prevention is better than the cure

For more inspiration and tips, browse the other women’s fashion articles here on Alexie.co

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