Let me start off by saying that I'm completely aware of the benefits of wearing high-heeled shoes. I mean, it makes your bum look great, your legs look slimmer, and your thighs/calves more taut. BUT, wearing heels everyday is really not good for your lower back, feet, knees and even your posture.
And as we approach summer the urge to wear heels as often as possible is even stronger because we wear skirts, shorts and dresses that show off our legs.
So, do we sacrifice comfort for beauty? Do we give in to the old idea of "pain is beauty"?
Ladies, let me introduce to the saving grace of summertime heels...
The wedge heel.
Not only are espadrilles (straw sole)/wedges totally in this season, but they are way easier to wear than a high heeled pump. Why? Well, because the platformed sole of the shoe simply lifts your entire foot/leg/body up instead of creating a harsh angle at which your feet must carry you. Most wedge shoes do have an incline once you get back to the heel, but because of the platform under the ball of the feet, they are much better for your body and much easier to walk in. (for a stroll along the beach...or in the park...or in the mall)
And because wedge heels are IN, they are everywhere! These aren't your mama's embellished wedge sandals from 5 years ago either! These are new and cute designs that can be found on straw, cork, wood or even plastic/rubber soles. Plus, they can be dressed down a little more than heels can be. You would be able to get away with wearing a pair of shorts and a tank with come cute espadrilles...not so much with shorts, a tank and a pair of pumps.
I've got some plans for wedges this summer. And I'm ecstatic about not having to go through a few bottles of Aleve as well.
A note of caution though. There is an alarming trend towards putting a wedge heel on a flip flop. This is not cute. Flip flops are casual, beachy, pool-side shoes. Putting a platform or wedge heel on them is not stylish and well, it's a little weird. It's like mixing genres. You wouldn't wear a cowboy hat with an evening gown would you? So leave the wedge-heeled flip flops to the pre-teens, okay?
Stick with something like this...
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