Should You Go for That Extra Half Inch or Not?

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We confess. “That Extra Half Inch” does pay homage to a book by Victoria Beckham that talks all things grooming — fashion, hair, beauty, etc. However, it is such a cheeky title that perfectly describes a common conundrum women face each morning when we open our closets and ask, “Should I wear the high or low heel?” Of course, there are many details one could consider when answering this question but only three things that matter: thickness, height and toe box. (Shoes are from Belgium brand, Noë.)

1) Is the heel thick?

Heels are a balancing act between the balls of the foot and the heel. Usually, to provide more stability and support, a thicker heel is used. This provides a sturdier foundation for the heel and foot as compared to a thin heel which provides less support and can feel wobbly when walking. So, if you are going for a solid footing, keep the thickness of the heel at the forefront.

3) Is the toe open, closed, round or angular?

The design of the toe box correlates to how comfortable your toes will be. If you are going for a heel that is 3.5 inches or higher, select a round or open toe which provides more room for the toes to spread out than a pointed or closed toe. And remember, the higher the heel, the more your foot will slide forward. Either you will walk comfortable and tall or pained and bowed over. You choose.

2) How many inches are we talking about?

The next major factor to consider is heel height. A low heel between 1-2.75 inches provides a good balance for distributing weight put upon the foot. A heel between 3-4 inches pushes the foot forward and adds more weight to the ball of the foot. And anything above 4 inches will put an extreme amount of weight on the ball of the foot and add stress on the ankle. So, if you are looking to have an easier gait, pay attention to how high the heel is. Now, there’s another detail to think about, the toe box.

3) Is the toe open, closed, round or angular?

The design of the toe box correlates to how comfortable your toes will be. If you are going for a heel that is 3.5 inches or higher, select a round or open toe which provides more room for the toes to spread out than a pointed or closed toe. And remember, the higher the heel, the more your foot will slide forward. Either you will walk comfortable and tall or pained and bowed over. You choose.

4) Do you want a work shoe or a shoe to elongate your legs?

Before you race out the door, there is one last thing we must mention, purpose. When choosing a shoe, don’t you think about where you will wear it just as much as how you will wear it? We do. If you are looking for a work shoe, think lower to medium heels, more on that here. Do you want to elongate your legs? (Who doesn’t?) Then go for a higher, slimmer heel. Remember these simple tips and you will be able to answer that extra half inch or not question within seconds. Whatever you decide, always feel confident in the shoes you’re in.