Many women like the added height that a pair of high heels gives them. However, the way in which they are forced to walk in high heels is detrimental to the feet, especially if the shoes have a stiletto heel and balance is difficult. However, wedges, which are usually a heel made of cork, hemp rubber, or some other comfortable material and are shaped just like a door wedge, can be a lot more comfortable. There are a number of benefits to wedges rather than heeled shoes.
Wedges have more surface area that touches the floor, so weight is more evenly spread and the wearer is less likely to tip over, especially if in a hurry. It is still possible to give an ankle a nasty twist, but the risk is lower, especially if the upper part of the shoe envelops the foot properly. Those who find walking in high heels may particularly benefit because wedges can still provide plenty of height.
Any stiletto wearer will be aware of the wear and tear that walking has on the sole and plastic heel of the shoe. Care and frequent repair can ensure the shoes don't wear out too quickly, but there are only so many times that shoes can be repaired before it doesn't make economic sense to repair them again. There is also the risk that heels can snap off completely. Wedges, on the other hand, are generally made from a longer-lasting material that is hard to scuff and wear away.
Fashions come and go, but at the moment, wedges are fashionable and come in a wide range of designs. No matter what you look for in a shoe, you can probably find something that suits. Sandals, boots, smart shoes, casual shoes and even flip flops come in wedge form. Prices are also reasonable because the wedge part of the shoe is often made of a relatively cheap, non-leather material, so there should be a wide range of options available. Wedges can also be a lot more elegant than stilettos.
Ordinary shoes have just a thin piece of leather or other material between the bottom of the shoe and the floor. The constant pressure on the foot can cause a lot of pain to the feet and higher up the body if walking is a regular part of the wearer's day. Wedges, on the other hand, give the foot a buffer between the ground and because the material used to make wedges is often softer, there is plenty of give. Wedges can still rub feet, of course, but they aren't so likely to provide the long-lasting damage that high heels do.
Less friction on the toes
One of the problems with high-heeled shoes is that there is a gap between the heel and the toe, which is the next part of the shoe that has contact with the ground. This means that the foot is forced forward quite violently, squashing the toes, which will quite probably cause corns, bunions and other foot problems. High wedges will still force the foot forward, but because the section under the front part of the foot is usually raised too, the friction should be much less.
Your feet are important to your well-being - if your feet hurt, your entire day can be ruined. If you want some added height, but don't want the pain, wedges could well be the way to go.
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