12 Comfortable High Heels Backed By A Podiatrist

Our feet have been experiencing some serious high heel hibernation due to the global pandemic. Gone are the days of night clubs and social events that require a powerful pair of

heels. Meanwhile, Zoom meetings typically consist of business on the top and barefoot on the bottom.

Don’t worry, heels aren’t going anywhere, but comfort has definitely shifted to the forefront considering the times. We spoke to celebrity podiatrist Dr. Suzanne Levine, DPM about what makes a comfortable high heel, from heights to materials. We also got her insight on bunions and the importance of stretching your feet. Lucky for us Dr. Levine is a heel lover herself and doesn’t discourage them. In fact, she enables us: “High heel shoes are not good for you, but we love them anyway.”

First off, all feet are made different. We should try on each shoe, walk around in them, and make sure they are comfortable for our own feet. The key is also about moderation and alternating heel heights depending on your activity. For standing up to eight hours your ideal heel height should stay at two inches; Increase the height and you limit time spent on your feet. “It’s like having your cake, but not making it a daily activity,” says Dr. Levine. “It doesn't have to be done every day or in excess, but there is nothing wrong with wearing a fabulous pair of heels!”

Read on for more tips from the pro, along with our favorite heels that strike the balance between style and comfort, below.

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