Shoe shopping is my favorite aerobic sport: Stand up. Sit down. Twirl and strut at the mirror. Sprint from one display table to another, racing along the sales rack to snatch that rare size-5 find before the competition can their hands on it. I’m telling you, it’s a major workout!
It’s also one I’d gladly do every day, yet this stylish exercise is fraught with danger: Choose unwisely when shoe shopping, and you’re headed for bunions, blisters or even a sprained ankle.
If you plan to undergo similar training this spring, here’s how to get off on the right foot:
Get well-heeled. You have two options for healthy heels: chunky blocks or delicate “kittens.” Stick to lower heights (1 to 2 inches) for relaxed everyday wear. Squared heels, by manufacturers from Prada to Lanvin, are trending right now, and with reason: They provide a sturdy surface and distribute body weight more evenly. Even if you can’t quite break the height habit, a 3-inch (maximum!)
Stamp out toe abuse. Years of pointed-toe shoes have left us a few special “gifts”: bunions — large, painful bulges at the base of the big toe — and hammertoes — toes permanently flexed downward, almost like claws. Most
Posh podiatrists push “toe-tucks” and injections of filler, but these procedures are intended primarily to keep us in stilettos — and coming back for more treatments. Ladies, it’s time to fit the shoe to the foot, not the other way ’round! Elegantly oval pumps or slingbacks (above) and soft espadrilles will give you a comfy toe up at work and on weekends. Try: Naturalizer Valerie, Trotters Dea, Kenneth Cole Reaction Espa Zee or Sam Edelman Lynn.
For more beauty and style tips for women 50 and up, I hope you’ll consider checking out my Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age.
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