Peep toe shoes are amazing, but they can be tricky. The main way to tell if there is something wrong with your peep toe pair is to put them on and start walking. Do your feet slide forward? Are your toes hanging off? Is the peep too tight? Are your feet slipping out? If the answer is yes to ANY of these, then the peeps are a no no. I have two pair of peep toes which you can see in the photos above and below. The red ones are amazing; they feel like flats, provide support and cushioning, and I have no toe slippage, shoving, or any issues for that matter. I walked in the store and around my entire house, and my feet sat in place just fine. They are Liz Claiborne's that I got on sale from JCPenney and paid $16 dollars for! They were originally $60, the sale price was $40, a sweet lady from our neighborhood who works there got me a coupon that took them from $40 to $30, and my mom and I agreed to go half as I did some personal styling for her. After not shopping for an entire month, it was a nice treat. I got the other pair from Goodwill for $5, and although they are adorable, they commit the toe violation of the peep toes. I may try jell inserts to stop the sliding.
Long story short: If you feel like your ankle could break with the slightest movement, it's a no no. Really high heels are a phenomenal asset, but there is a safe way to do it. When you want to rock them nice and high, opt for heels with platforms. I have two pairs of heels that are both 5 and 1/2 inches, but they both have an 1 inch + platform for support. My green pair (below) also have a thick heel for additional support. The other pair (which are baby blue denim), have a skinny heel but are accompanied by a strap for a Mary Jane look for support.
3) Heel Bending
Often with heels (especially stilettos), the heel tends to be very skinny. Usually the higher the shoe, the less sturdy the heel is (based on personal experience). If a stiletto has a very skinny heel, it is best to test the strength by pressing against the heel. Does it move? Does it bend? Did it bend but you're pretending like it didn't? Leave them there. These type of shoes are very dangerous and are not worth any injury regardless of their gorgeous appearance.
4) General Fit
How do the heels generally fit you? Do they sculpt to your Achilles perfectly? Is there a smidge of room?
The ideal heel is the one that molds onto your foot perfectly. Your foot slides right in and sticks, but is not crushed at the front or back. A bit of room in the back is okay as long as your feet aren't slipping out. The less extra space, the better; when your feet slip out, you are putting more strain on your calves than need be to hold them up, you are probably killing your toes, and you are simply putting yourself at risk. Even if your feet are not falling out, you may want to invest in heel inserts for a tighter fit for overall comfort. I have a few pairs that I am going to get inserts for because of that reason.
Are they dull, or are they shiny?
Dull = No. Never. It's just not cute, and they will just get more dull over time.
Shiny =Yes. The end.
6) Soft Insoles
What I'm referring to are insoles that are soft: they have a suede or suede like feel or some other soft material. Shoes with soft insoles are wonderful, but they require upkeep. If you will be bothered by a lasting dirt footprint, soft insoles are probably not your thing.
They're not your thing.
7) Too Pointy
Pointy shoes, "I'm sassy, but I'm classy." Pointy shoes are sassy and classy, but they are not for everyone. If the point is squeezing your toe, then it may be best to steer clear of pointy shoes. Opting for a wider point may be an alternative that works for you.
8) Not Enough Pump
I am calling out the shoes below. They are hot, and really popular at the moment, but they are not the best heels for your feet. Though they are lower to the ground and provide a bit of strappage, they have no support in the sole. None! The arch with no support puts unnecessary strain on not only your calves but also your back! They fit into the same boat as stilettos with no pump. A change as simple as adding 1/2 inch of a platform to these babes will give you a little help. If you are going to snag these "profile shoes" as my mom calls them, get a pair with at least 1/2 inch platform.
The majority of heels that I have seen that lack enough straps mimic the style above but are in chunky heel form. Chunky heels are phenomenal (and we can discuss all of their wonders some other time), but if their straps are as skinny as the straps in the shoes above, then they aren't too safe. Thicker, chunkier heels need thicker, chunkier straps. It's as simple as that.
10) They Cause Blisters
Though you may not get a blister from walking around in the store, you may be in trouble once you leave if they are rubbing your heels, making them red, and/or causing pain. If you have to wear band-aids with them, they do not need to be bought...or kept.
Use these tips to help you sort out your current array of shoes or use them when purchasing new shoes.
Thank you lovelies,
Have a beautiful week.
R'Nelle CyRe' XX