Fashion doesn’t have to require sacrifice. Pointed toe shoes are often a go-to for stepping out in style, but if you don’t have the right pair you know you could be hobbling before the end of the night. With careful shoe selection, you can sashay comfortably!
The fit of your shoes is a key to your overall foot comfort. The toe box is the part of the shoe that surrounds your toes. Fit your shoes carefully to make sure that the toe box is large enough to allow you to wiggle your toes comfortably while wearing your shoes. Try any pointed toe shoes on before you buy and make sure that there is at least a half-inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Go ahead and walk around the store in the shoes, too, to make sure they feel right.
Fake It With False Fronts
Some pointed toe shoes have a special option that can really ramp up your comfort level. Look for pointed toes with a “false front” that extends out past the toe box. When your feet bask in the comfort of square or rounded toe boxes instead of pointy ones, they’ll thank you.
Lower Heels, Please
If pointed toes are a must in your wardrobe, look for shoes with lower heels. High heeled shoes force your toes down into the toe box, where they can feel more pressure and constriction. The higher the heels of the shoes, the more pressure you’re going to feel on your feet. Lower heels shouldn’t cause as much pressure on the balls of your feet and your toes, which generally makes them more comfortable, even with stylish pointed toes.
Give Your Feet a Break
When you wear pointed toe shoes, bring along a spare pair of more comfortable shoes, just in case. For example, wear your stylish pointed toes when it really counts at a pre-dinner cocktail party and change into ballerina flats for the rest of the evening. Giving your feet a break is always smart too, so why not take a seat for a little bit? You’ll be more relaxed and rejuvenated to power through the day or better yet, the party!