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The Reason Most High Heels Hurt Your Feet

by Kavita Khaitan September 08, 2017 1 Comment

The Reason Most High Heels Hurt Your Feet

Pretty shoes don’t have to be uncomfortable, with the right pair of comfortable high heels your feet can be as fancy free as they would in a pair of flats.

Have you ever wondered why high heels can often hurt your feet?

You may have assumed that the height of a high heel was the primary cause of pain from shoes. However, you may have also found that very flat sandals, boots, or ballet flats can also leave your feet in pain, even when the heels have no height at all.

Shoes that are too tight around the toes can also leave you with cuts or bunions, and shoes with a poor quality inner lining will rub against your heels leaving blisters.

Many high heels do hurt your feet because of a number of these factors, either they are too steep in height, the inner fabric is poor quality and rubs, or the point of the toe is too narrow and is damaging your toes.

Painful shoes shouldn’t be ignored as they can cause serious health problems, around 90% of foot problems are attributed to bad shoes.

For women wearing high heels the main cause of pain from shoes comes from the outside environment and the ground we walk on.

As we walk our feet feel the shock from the ground below us which builds over time as we take more steps. The ground is usually a harder material than our feet and therefore causes a shock. A soft ground, such as grass, feels more comfortable to walk on than concrete does.

Some shoes have been designed to absorb this shock and impact from the ground so your footwear is more comfortable. Sports and running shoes are usually designed to be ‘shock absorbing’ so that you can run or exercise on hard surfaces and feel less pain.

Women’s high heels are often much more expensive than sports shoes, and yet they are usually nowhere near as comfortable and do not utilize shock absorbing technology, meaning you often feel pain after wearing them for too long. A runner in a good pair of shoes could hit the ground many more times than a woman in high heels and yet may not feel anywhere near the amount of pain.

This is not the case with Ukies shoes which use patented nanoGel® technology that enables women to look great and feel great in high heels.

UKIES have applied sportswear technology to high heels, using the same material used in football helmets to absorb shock and combat the pain caused when walking in other high heels.

UKIES shoes use a nanoGel® design which is a dual layer shock absorbing and pressure distribution system. One layer works inside the shoe to redistribute foot pressure, while the second layer absorbs shocks from outside during walking.

Every time we walk in bad shoes we put pressure on our feet and legs, and bad shoes can even cause back problems.  With  UKIES shoes the supportive, yet giving, design of the gel layer reduces the impact that feet normally feel with each step. The layers inside  UKIES shoes mean your legs can stay energized through a long day of walking or dancing in shoes.


4 Tips To Buy Shoes That Won’t Hurt Your Feet

  1. Make sure you choose a good quality pair of shoes.

Good quality shoes have adequate shock absorption layers, quality natural materials that won’t rub, and a comfortable design that you can walk in.

  1. Check that you are buying the right size for your feet.

Feet size can change, even in adults, so it’s important to re-measure and know your actual foot size. Some shoes need ‘breaking in’ if they are made of leather or a product that stretches over time. However, you should not make the mistake of buying shoes that are too small because you think they will stretch. Simply choose a pair that is wearable right now, and would be even more comfortable with a little bit of wear.

  1. Choose a style that works for your foot.

Unfortunately, pointed toe heels are not suited to everyone. If you have wide feet this style will usually cause you a lot of pain even if you go up a shoe size. Women who already suffer bunions, hammer toes or other foot complaints should not exacerbate these problems by continuing to wear pointed high heels. A classic rounded toe pump will allow your toes more space and is a shoe style much better suited to wide feet.

  1. Look after your shoes and they will look after you.

Do not continue to wear shoes that are broken or have worn out all the rubber from the soles and heels. Wearing broken shoes because they are your favourite pair will force you to walk unnaturally and cause pain to your feet, legs and back. Good quality shoes do not need to be maintained as frequently as cheap heels, saving you on trips to the cobbler.

Now you know the reason that high heels hurt your feet you can take these tips and choose footwear that is comfortable for everyday use.

Kavita Khaitan
Kavita Khaitan

1 Response


September 08, 2017

Great post, I didn’t know this was the reason our feet hurt in heels!

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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.