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Five Footwear Faux Pas to Avoid

by Amber Collins June 02, 2017

Five Footwear Faux Pas to Avoid

Many people do not think twice about what sort of footwear they have on before heading out of the house. This is often because there is this misconception that shoes are close to the ground, so others won’t pay attention to what they are wearing. However, this has been proven to be untrue.  

So let’s take a look at some footwear faux pas to avoid.  

Wearing high heels for a prolonged period of time

High heels, particularly stilettos, may look great, but they can also be downright painful, especially if the you’re not used to wearing a pair of shoes and find yourself having to endure spending an entire night in them.   Australian Fashion Network even revealed wearing high heels  can actually lead to injuries, such as Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, and osteoarthritis. The article recommends wearing heels no more than 2-3cms in height. It also suggests avoiding walking around in high heels for longer than three hours per day and choosing chunky heels versus stilettos for more stability.  

Wearing shoes outside the dress code

Some people believe that they can get away with informal shoes even though the dress code, whether at work or at an event, states otherwise. This will not only make you stick out like a sore thumb, it can also earn you some criticism. Remember the rule of thumb when it comes to dressing up: it is better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.  

Shoes with too much bling

An article on   All Women Stalk strongly advises against wearing shoes  that are heavily decorated with things such as rhinestones. The same goes for brightly colored or patterned shoes. This is because the person who you will be conversing with may become too distracted by your footwear that he/she focuses thier attention on them instead of what you are saying.  

Wearing shoes with the price tag still there

Even celebrities are not immune to making a shoe faux pas. UK talk show host Jeremy Kyle has been on television for over 15 years. His show recently announced a sponsorship with gaming giants Slingo Boom  and has also crossed the Atlantic during its impressive run. However, that doesn’t mean Kyle isn’t capable of making mistakes. On one of his shows he was caught on camera with a label on his shoe still intact, and   the image was then posted on social media by Ruthless Ryan.

So to ensure you don’t make a similar mistake, make sure to check that you have already removed the label on your new shoes before heading out to avoid any embarrassment.  

Mismatched shoes and clothes

Some colors go better with others. So avoid a fashion faux pas by wearing mismatched or directly contrasting shoes and clothes. It is also equally important to wear socks that match not just the shoes, but the pants as well. Wearing brightly colored socks in a business environment may not be as cute or as funny as you think, as your boss may well tell you.
Amber Collins
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Women's Shoe Size Guide

US Size

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UK Size



4 34 1/2 2 21 8 1/4
4.5 35 2.5 21.5 8 1/2
5 35 1/2 3 21.5 8 5/8
5.5 36 3.5 22.5 8 3/4
6 37 4 22.5 9
6.5 37 1/2 4.5 23 9 1/8
7 38 5 23.5 9 1/4
7.5 38 1/2 5.5 24 9 1/2
8 39    6 24 9 5/8
8.5 39 1/2 6.5 24.5 9 3/4
9 40    7 25 10
9.5 40 1/2 7.5 25.5 10 1/8
10 41 8 26 10 1/4
10.5 41 1/2 8.5 26.5 10 1/2
11 42 9 26.5 10 5/8
11.5 42 1/2 9.5 27 10 3/4
12 43    10 27.5 11
* U.S. conversions are listed next to a country or region's nearest size equivalent. * Items may not be offered in all sizes. Measurements in Inches and CM refer to foot heel-to-toe length.