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Why Expensive Shoes are More Comfortable...

Updated on December 7, 2016
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Globetrotter, author, and thinker with interests in environment, minimalism, health, dancing, architecture, décor, politics, and science.

Why Shoes are Uncomfortable

The foot consists of the heel, the arch, and the toes. Previously, the shape of the shoe was made to fit the foot. Consequently, all shoes were built with an instep. As a result of business wanting to make more profit, the arch has not been omitted.

Today, unless a shoe is in the upper price brackets, pumps are either flat or with they have a straight slant if they come with a heel. The illustration below shoes what a badly made shoe looks like (and it really isn’t flattering). A well fitted shoe has a curved instep which will fit snugly into the arch of your foot. It is infinitely easier and more comfortable to walk on a shoe with a built in arch. Even a shoe with a stiletto heel will be easier to walk in and be more comfortable if it has been made with the correct arch.

It is this extra input of time and material that makes correctly built shoes more expensive than two pieces of manmade textile slapped together in the pretence that they are walking tools for the feet.

Look at the shoes you buy. Do they have a slant or a curve?
Look at the shoes you buy. Do they have a slant or a curve?

A, B, and C Fittings for Shoes

Good shoes have different fittings because feet can be narrow or more broad.

A narrow foot is an A fitting, a normal foot is a B fitting, and a broad foot is a C fitting. Again, any manufacturer that caters to the different width of feet will have increased expenses. This adds to the cost of the shoes.

There is also a style element here. Dainty, narrow feet require a dainty shoe. Big, broad feet can get away with large fashion statements - something more baroque! Beware, however, if the good is broad, and the body small, best to find something daintier. Feet are not where your want attention focused.

Shoe Cushioning Also Makes Shoes More Expensive

An expensive shoe also has cushioning to prevent calluses forming while you are walking. This cushion is soft, includes the instep, and is shaped to the bottom of your foot. If the inside of the shoe is hard, despite the price being lofty, it is ot a good shoe. While many shoes can be expensive simply because of a designer name, not all expensive shoes are built to provide comfort and elegance.

No Cushioning in this Shoe!

Just because it's a designer shoe doesn't mean that it has been built to accommodate your foot. Check for arch support!
Just because it's a designer shoe doesn't mean that it has been built to accommodate your foot. Check for arch support!

Other issues with cheap shoes

Because it takes a lot more workmanship, plus more expensive textiles, to make a well fitted shoes, a lot of footwear comes with a variety of problems.

  1. If the back of the shoe hurts the back of your heel, it is because the back of the shoe isn't high enough. The way a cobbler fixes this is by putting extra height inside the shoe.
  2. If the strap is too short to fit, it is ot because your foot has suddenly increased in size, it is because the manufacturer has shortened it in order to save on materials.
  3. If the shoes makes an uncomfortably, loud noise when walking (particularly so in women's court shoes or pumps), it is because the textile used is a rather cheap plastic. Leather and rubbers do not make a noise, and it is embarrassing to have shoes make a clippity cloppity noise as one walks.
  4. If the shoe begins to disintergrate inside and you find baubles beginning to dig into your feet, it is because the insole is made of carboard (I kid you not). This is particularly so in boots.
  5. If a cobbler tells you that the shoe cannot be fixed, this is because the shoe has been molded together with various plastics, and it really isn't possible to sew or glue the shoe back together.

Even the ubiguitous flat pump of today should have a built-in arch, but they don't.
Even the ubiguitous flat pump of today should have a built-in arch, but they don't.

An Expensive Shoe is Also Designed to Flatter

Expensive shoes don't only catter to comfort. They are also designed to flatter your leg and your foot.

Different Shoes Flatter Different Legs and Feet

In the world of stilettos, slops and flip flops, court shoes and sandals, the shape of a leg, the turn of the ankle, and the size of the foot will determine whether the shoe flatters or detracts.

Proportion: Shoe Size Height

In the world of design, proportion is one of the seven elements. Proportion looks at the big picture and decides how much space is going to be allocated to each aspect of the item so that it looks good.

For instance, if a room is small, you would not put a giant couch and an enormous table in it because that would dwarf the room. So if you have small feet, wearing a shoe with immense platforms would throw the rest of your body out of proportion.

In order to find shoes which flatter your legs and our body, it's important to study proportion.

Platform Heels and Wedge Platforms

The wedge can look good on most feet. It is comfortable and provided there is no platform on the toe end, you won't trip and fall.

Platform wedges, however, are not easy to walk in, and they detract attention from your face and body. Fashionable they may be, but glamourous and elegant they are not. They simply do not flatter.

What do you want to emphasize? Your shoes or your legs?
What do you want to emphasize? Your shoes or your legs?

Which shoe flatters the leg most (not which shoe do you like)?

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Shoes for Women with Short Legs and Long Body

The proportion of the body and the leg will determine whether flat shoes or heeled shoes will look best on you. Someone with short legs and a long body will look best in a pair of heels. Someone with long legs and a short body will look best in flats, but, of course, the look is all legs today, so that might be a desired effect. Someone with equal proportions can get away with either.

A High Heel Makes Your Leg Longer and You Taller

Make no mistake, a heel on a shoe makes your legs longer and, if you're a shortie, makes you taller. Only a very tall woman (5'8" up) can get away with a flat shoe. For the most part, wear a heel. In addition, if you are a little bit pudgy, by adding height through wearing a heel, you will appear slimmer.

Wearing flat shoes makes your feet look bigger and doesn't do a thing for your legs Wearing heels makes your legs look longer.
Wearing flat shoes makes your feet look bigger and doesn't do a thing for your legs Wearing heels makes your legs look longer.

Shoes with Straps Will Shorten or Lengthen Your Leg

If you have short legs, then you should not wear anything that has a strap over the foot as it shortens the legs by breaking the line between the foot and the leg in two. Your foot, in a strapless stiletto adds length to your leg.

If you have very long legs, then you can wer a strappy shoe.

The secret lies in the two thin straps — one low on the ankle, one across the toes. They're so thin that, from a distance, they are almost invisible, creating the illusion of bare feet — and making celebrity legs look five inches longer.
The secret lies in the two thin straps — one low on the ankle, one across the toes. They're so thin that, from a distance, they are almost invisible, creating the illusion of bare feet — and making celebrity legs look five inches longer. | Source

Great shoes finish an outfit!

Elegant shoes make for a stunning finish to a great outfit!
Elegant shoes make for a stunning finish to a great outfit!

The Shape of the Shoe

Lastly we come to the shape of the shoe.

Feet come in different shapes. Some have long toes with short feet while others have a narrow block of a foot. There’s the foot that is narrow at the heel and spreads out towards the toe. Then there’s the short foot, the long foot, the foot that is narrow, then broad, then narrow again (bunions).

Here’s where your use the shoe to give your feet the illusion of perfection. Where your foot is large, cover more skin. Where your foot is tiny, reveal more skin.

You Can Use Shoe Additions to Improve Cheapish Shoes!

Hydrofeet Gold Women’s High Heel Inserts Premium Massaging Insert Liquid Insole With Memory Foam Arch
Hydrofeet Gold Women’s High Heel Inserts Premium Massaging Insert Liquid Insole With Memory Foam Arch

I love this product. As someone with very high arches with a love for high heels (short legs), this is a must for me. It's an excellent product.

 

Expensive Shoes or Insoles?

It pays to buy a pricey shoe. I’ll tell you why. Firstly you’ll look better. Secondly, they are going to pay dividends in the deportment and health department because they are shaped to your foot and enable you to walk better. Thirdly, they are made properly, so a decent cobbler can keep them going for years. A cobbler cannot repair many shoes today because the soles are sometimes made of cardboard or have some sort of plastic amalgamation which cannot be sewn.

If you want to know what a good stiletto shoe feels like on the foot, go to a dance store which specializes in shoes for dancers. After that, you know what it feels like to walk in and then you can do your shopping in normal stores. You could, of course, just shop for shoes at a dance store - flatties and otherwise.

Alternatively, buy shoe inserts. They help a lot, and you can switch them from shoe to shoe. Also, they tend to last, so if you have to throw away the shoe, you can keep the insole.

© 2016 Tessa Schlesinger

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    • felishiyafiamma profile image

      Felishiya Fiamma 7 months ago

      You have given a broader view to the shoes fashion. I love talking about shoes and other foot wears. The right footwear gives great confidence. I love high heels; pumps and stilettos.

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      Sakina Nasir 4 months ago from Kuwait

      Great hub! You have explained everything in detail. Loved reading it!

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