There's no doubt that online shopping is a wonderful thing. No overcrowded changing rooms or annoying and pushy salespeople or the never ending queues to the cashier. All the browsing and price comparisons can be done from the comfort of your own home, in your comfiest PJs.
However, shopping online for high-fashion shoes can be tricky - it’s difficult to know whether the design of the shoes and your feet will be a perfect match. Whilst the style might look glamorous, it may be ill-fitted for your feet. You may just end up having a shoe fiasco like Meryl Streep at the BAFTAs!
So don’t make the same bad purchase decisions again, here are 5 TIPS to help bring sexy back below your ankles. All day long, all in comfort.
1. Finding Foot Friendly Features
A. Insole Cushion
Make sure your insole has good cushioning to provide plenty of arch support and shock absorption.
B. Toe Box Shape
Avoid a design that is too narrow around the toes as they can cause problems- from corns and calluses to more serious bunions. Unfortunately, many fashion-oriented brands design their shoes to make women’s feet look slimmer, and are far less worried about how they actually fit, neglecting the impact of the shoes on women's feet.
C. Block Heel
Block heels help to spread out the impact of each step whilst providing that little extra height. So you can have the best of both worlds; style and comfort as podiatrists say a 3-4cm heel is the best height for your foot’s well-being.
D. Gripped Outsole
It makes your walking a hell lot more pleasant, without having to worry about ever slipping.
Here’s the single biggest shoe shopping dilemma: Buy shoes that fit in length but are tight around the toes, and let your feet get damaged over time with not-so-pretty symptoms like corns and callouses? OR, buy shoes a size too big so that they fit the toes, and let your heels slip out?
If a shoe brand boasts that their shoes are handmade, always ask if you can customise your order to better suit your needs as all feet are different. You don’t need to worry as it will NOT disfigure the original design. Did you know that changing the width by only 3-4mm makes a world of difference when it comes to shoes?
While your customised pair may take a few weeks to arrive, you’ll be surprised how quickly you forget about the few weeks’ wait, when you get your hands on the perfect-fitting pair of shoes.
3. Check out Customer Testimonials
My mum always told me to read reviews and testimonials before purchasing anything online. And she was darn right!
It’s always best to ask around when you’re not familiar with a certain brand or their products. And when it comes to purchasing shoes, you know you’re in luck if you find a review from a podiatrist or an industry expert.
Check out some testimonials from our lovely customers here.
4. Quality of Material
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It’s far less painful and takes a much shorter amount of time to break in new shoes when they are made of high-quality material. It just gels with your feet as it doesn’t cut into your skin, and providing all the support you need!
Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” So ladies, get your perfect pair!
5. Go Flat!
Going flat doesn’t have to be boring. By simply choosing a bold colour and unique texture, your flats can help you boost your style in comfort. This is a great way to spice up your monochrome wardrobe and turn heads effortlessly every day.
There you have it, 5 tips to help you find your perfect high-fashion shoes online. Got any questions? Free feel to get in touch with us via email at [email protected]