How to find the right pair of high heels ?

If your bust is a cup size C, are you going to be looking to staple a size A bra? And if you managed to put it on, would you be sure to feel at your best?

This principle also applies to shoes . Neither too big, nor too narrow, nor too short or too wide, the shoes must be adapted to the morphology of your feet. The ideal remains of course, if possible, to opt for custom pumps .

An improper fit can cause serious injury and lingering pain that reduces the interest and value of investing in your new heels .

What is the weight test?

Before you even think about putting on the shoes you just found, make sure they are stable.

The exercise is simple:

– lay the shoes on a flat surface devoid of any relief, whether on the floor, a display or the counter of the store.

– tap each of the shoes with your fingertips in a lateral movement from right to left, as if you wanted to knock them off.

These should not tip over. If they shake or wobble at the slightest tap, it’s because the architecture of the shoe is poorly designed and its weight is unbalanced. If the shoe is unstable, your ankles will have to work harder to compensate for this defect.

Each shoe being unique, it is in your best interest to try on 2 identical pairs of the same size . Sometimes the right or left foot does not show the same signs of stability. Ask the salesperson to bring you another pair and choose the combination that will wobble the least.

Before buying a shoe , it should be weighed, indeed it is necessary to buy a shoe whose weight is balanced. Take a shoe in each hand and weigh it. If the heel is considerably heavier than the toe, it is very likely that you will have difficulty maintaining the shoe firmly in place: your heel will tend to leave the shoe with each step and you will be forced to clench your toes excessively in order to retain the shoe on your feet , which will have the effect of causing severe cramps in your calves, particularly at the back of the knee.

Why favor the purchase of shoes with pads?

When buying a pair of shoes , do not hesitate to look inside the shoe to see if it has a pad. Some manufacturers like Chamberlan take the trouble to enrich their pumps with shape memory pads. These precious pads will allow you to lengthen your evenings and gain in comfort . Conversely, if the shoe you fell on is deprived of its pads, you can expect to have sore feet and not be able to support it for very long. However, if the shoe is not too narrow, you can add a small pad yourself, preferably in leather.

What form of shoe should I take?

Opt for a shoe that naturally molds to the shape of your foot , which is sometimes difficult to implement, since fashion pushes us towards creations that seriously compress our toes.

Always put on both shoes before buying them. Sometimes there are big differences between our left foot and our right foot.

The ideal for those who have a big difference between the right foot and the left foot, remains the purchase of custom-made pumps . However, if the purchase of custom-made pumps represents too large a budget, when buying a pair of shoes , you will need to make sure that you are comfortable in both feet.

How to position your heel in heeled shoes?

Your heel should never protrude at the back and even less protrude on the side when you wear sandals or any other shoe that reveals your bare feet.

Pay particular attention to the purchase of mules which often have the disadvantage of having a very narrow sole, which tends to overhang the heel.

When you wear pumps or any other closed shoe , your heel must kiss the heel counter. Leave only a very small space between your heel and the shoe , otherwise it will tend to “galocher”, that is to say, to leave your foot when walking. In order not to lose your shoe , you will then have to compensate by gripping your toes on the sole, which will result in serious calf cramps.

How should your toes position themselves in heeled shoes?

Nothing is more sordid than seeing the toes clinging to the edge of a shoe , like a castaway on a buoy. Your toes should rest naturally inside the shoe , following the curve of the sole .

How should the arch of heeled shoes be positioned?

The arch of the shoes should best fit the shape of your foot. For optimal comfort , make sure that the shoe feels comfortable from the first fitting and that the arch of your foot is well supported by the shoe .

How to test straps and straps on a shoe with a heel?

Pay close attention to how the straps of the shoe wrap around your feet . Straps that are too loose or on the contrary too tight could injure you and represent an element of discomfort in the shoe .

The straps must embrace the ankles well without tightening them, pay particular attention to the metal buckles which, sometimes, placed on the internal malleolus, can hurt your leg. The straps should also be comfortable around the toes, ideally you should be able to move the straps easily to fit them in the most comfortable way for you.

How to carry out the quality control of shoes with heels?

The footwear market offers a wide selection of products of different price ranges and of different qualities. Since the purchase of heeled shoes represents a significant expenditure in the budget of a wardrobe, it is essential to know how to differentiate the good products from the bad products.

What materials to choose for a heeled shoe?

Leather is still the most used material in the manufacture of footwear . Soft and flexible material, it easily molds to the shape of the foot and adjusts naturally to any change in temperature or humidity. Leather is a material that breathes, unlike synthetic materials.

At the level of the soles, make sure that they are in place and that there is no space between the upper and the sole. If the sole is sewn, make sure the seams are even and strong.

Make sure that you buy shoes with heels with a good end on the tip of the heel to make it easier for you to walk and to facilitate the maintenance of your heel (the good end can be changed quickly at a shoemaker).

What questions should you ask yourself when trying on a pair of shoes?

· Does your foot rest easily inside the shoe ?

· Are your toes compressed or overlapping?

· Do you have several support points in your shoe ?

· Do you feel any pain when you put them on?

· Do the straps dig into the skin?

· Does the cleavage of the shoe cut off your blood circulation?

If you feel pain points from the first second, it means that these shoes are not for you.

The small pains that seem bearable to you in the store will only get worse once you leave the store. Do not try to reassure yourself by telling yourself that the shoes will soften.

The entire Chamberlan team wishes you happy shopping and is at your disposal to assist you in selecting your ideal pair of shoes , for any type of event.

Do not hesitate to tell us if you want shoes for every day , wedding shoes, ceremonial shoes or even heeled shoes for a work meeting.

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