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The Past, Present, and Future of Comfortable Heels

by Emma Hurst November 12, 2016

The Past, Present, and Future of Comfortable Heels

If you're older than a preteen, you likely understand the struggle that women have endured over the years to merge comfort and style in footwear, particularly when we speak of comfortable heels. In the past, it was almost a badge of honor to wear the highest and most uncomfortable pair of heels to the office each day, never complaining or grimacing as those aches and pains accumulated.

Unfortunately, the wrong footwear can lead to pain and some serious foot ailments. A potential blessing in disguise, these issues have inspired a revolution in footwear development that has brought us some amazing new products. Here is a quick rundown of where we came from with high-heeled footwear to the present advances of comfortable heels and beyond.

High heels have changed and evolved, but they weren't always comfortable.

A Brief History of Heels

Did you know that high heels can be dated back to the ninth century? It's doubtful that they were very comfortable, but the most interesting aspect of their history is that they began as men's footwear! These high-heeled shoes were worn by Persian horsemen to keep their feet firmly planted in their stirrups.

Contemporary heels changed in style throughout the second half of the 20th century. And while they may have been slightly easier on the feet than the ones worn back in the ninth century, heels of the past weren't known for their comfort. High heels gained popularity once again the 1980's and 1990's, with stiletto and kitten heels becoming popular again after 2000.

Comfortable Heels Today

Today, several footwear companies have heard the message loud and clear and responded in kind: Women are no longer willing to sacrifice style for comfort, and they shouldn't have to! A leading seller of women's comfort shoes is UKIES, a company that has made technological leaps and bounds in heel construction. UKIES shoes are made with  patented nanoGel® Technology that serves to reduce pressure on your feet. These unique shoes provide a higher level of comfort while minimizing the chance of foot problems. The best news? They're stylish, elegant, and come in nine designs and more than a dozen colors.

Comfortable heels that are also stylish can be your new reality!

The Future of Comfortable Heels

What does the future hold for comfortable heels? Technology and style advances keep bringing us new and even more stunning styles of UKIES. If you're looking for something more space-aged, however, you could check out a pair of hydraulic heels. This line of footwear was designed by Silvia Fado and uses a combination of rubber balls, springs, and hydraulic pistons in the heels to absorb impact. The shoes are unique looking and will be sure to turn some heads whenever worn. As footwear trends continue to evolve, more futuristic styles will surely emerge in the years to follow.

Ladies in search of comfortable heels no longer need to sacrifice style to give up the pain and discomfort of their traditional high-heel shoes. UKIES shoes deliver the ultimate in comfort and fashion, with a wide range of choices that are sure to fit your needs and budget. If you're ready to ditch the old and step into your perfect pair of comfortable heels, visit us now to shop all pumps.

Emma Hurst
Emma Hurst

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Women's Shoe Size Guide

US Size

Euro Size

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.