When it comes to women’s shoes, the more uncomfortable and agonizing the pair is, the more it looks chic, elegant and oh-so-sexy. Pencil high heels from Louboutin or Manolo Blahnik are the perfect example of beauty in pain! In fact, according to a very all-encompassing survey done across 3 countries concludes that more than 90% of the women own at least one pair of shoes that they absolutely despise but still love to wear as it makes them look super graceful.
The survey also brought forward the fact that all these women knowingly bought that pair of shoes because they knew it will look awesome but will cause them a hell lot of pain. One such pair of shoes that is a staple item in every woman’s wardrobe is a pair of chunky boots.
Boots are a quintessential pair of shoes that works well in every season, with every kind of clothing and for every occasion if done right. Boots are available in a ton of styles, textures, shapes, heel heights and styles but they too can be a real pain in the neck causing blisters, bunions and bulges on the feet.
Not all boots are comfortable for walking, standing or for running errands and to make sure that the boots we buy fit us perfectly well without causing us harm, we need to pay heed to some factors that can make a huge difference in our comfort without compromising on the style one bit.
We all love to own a sexy pair of platform block heel but not at the cost of excruciating pains in our feet or ankles, right? Actually, as a matter of fact, pain isn’t the only concern that tags along with an uncomfortable pair of boots, you can even have ingrown nails, hammertoes, strained nerves or corns in your toes.
But let me be the bearer of the good news for you, wearing boots can be a lot less tormenting if you buy them rationally at the time of purchase. Here is my guide to buy womens black booties for comfort and style without any distress.
Guide to Buy Boots for the Ultimate Comfort and Style
1. Height of the Boot– The first thing that you need to pay heed to when shopping for your boots is the height of the boots. There are so many options in boots nowadays with varying heights and lengths that one needs to know their required height and not just rely on the guidance of the store guy or online size charts.
In order to measure the ideal height for a boot, you need to put your foot on a flat ground, hold one end of the measuring tape and let it fall till the heel of the foot. Measure in a straight line from where you want your boot to sit on your leg till end. Here is a list of different boots and the best height for each one.
Ankle Boots- the perfect height for ankle boots is just above the ankle, it shouldn’t be just below it or just right up to till the ankle as well. In either of the cases, it will make the shoe uncomfortable and might as well cause a cut or blister on the ankle area.
Mid-Calf Boots- as the name clearly suggests, the ideal height of these booties is right till the mid-calf. But in this style of boots the more important thing is to go around the thickest part of the calf and measure that.
By measuring the calf width you’ll be able to know the ideal width you need that will make these boots a breeze to wear and do all sorts of movements in it.
Knee-high boots- this style of boots is a classic but can go horribly wrong if not given attention to the height and width. Make sure the boot sits right at the top of the knee and not at its crease to make it a comfortable and relaxed fit. The back of the boot should ideally end just below the crease or the hollow of the knee.
Over-the-knee Boots- one of my favourite styles of boots that not only makes a statement every time you wear them but also becomes the focal point of the outfit as well.
For this style the ideal height of the boots will be 1 or 2 inches above the knee or right up till mid of the thigh. Make sure you also go around to measure the thickest part of the thigh to ensure comfort at all times.
2. Height of the Heel– the height of the heel plays a pivotal part in determining the comfort and ease of the shoe or in this case boots. It’s obvious to state that the more surface the heel has the more comfortable it will be in walking or standing. Block heel boots that have a height of no more than 2-3 inches are ideal for comfort, according to experts.
Heels that are very thin and tall shift the weight forward drastically that can put a lot of pressure on the front of the foot. If your toes scream just by trying the boots it’s the sign that the height of the heel is too much.
Just as too much heighted boots will cause discomfort; it just doesn’t mean that you have to go all the way flat on the ground. Flat sole boots will not provide you any comfort as they have no shock absorption or protection against hard surfaces. Platform boots are the best option as they provide a very well-divided height along with a very good shock absorption.
3. Toe Box Shape– the best shape for a comfortable wear is a round or square shaped toe box. Don’t opt for pointed booties if you want to wear them comfortably all day long. Narrow or pointed toe box means the toes are all crammed together, leaving no room for air causing blisters and corns with friction.
Boots can be very comfortable to wear if you pay heed to all the above-mentioned factors and consider them before making the purchase. Also pay heed to the materials of the boots, the harder the material will be the heavier they will be to carry around all day.