There is no greater a confidence booster than a pair of sky-high leopard-print heels.
But after being warned of aching feet, sprained ankles and bad posture many women are scared away, opting for a more sensible shoe instead.
Now, stiletto lovers can rejoice as Jolene Sher, a physiotherapist at Boots, says wearing high heels is not necessarily bad for your back or feet.
In fact, certain types of high shoes are actually better for you than flats, Healthista reports.
Wearing high heels is not necessarily bad for your back or feet according to Jolene Sher, a physiotherapist at Boots (file photo)
She said: ‘Wearing a shoe with a heel can protect your back and feet as they naturally allow some support through the arch of the foot.
‘Comparably, flat shoes like Uggs, flip flops and ballet pumps are worse for your feet and posture.’
And there are ways to wear heels that can make them more comfortable and protect the ankles, legs and back, she said.
From choosing a chunky pair to sticking to two-inch heels, here she shares her top tips for guilt-free heel wearing.
1. WIDER IS WISER
For daily wear try and find shoes with a wider heel and wider front of the foot so your toes don’t get cramped and your weight is more evenly balanced.
The best heel height is 2 inches (about 5cm) as this means the incline of the shoe is not too steep, keeping the pressure off the toes and back (file photo)
2. SHORT FOR SUPPORT
A lower heel will mean the incline of the shoe is not too steep, keep the pressure off the toes and back.
The best heel height is 2 inches (about 5cm), that should be just about right.
Choose chunky heels rather than stilettos as the latter press on the toes and feet, causing damage (file photo)
3. CUSHION FOR COMFORT
Lots of shoes have a cushion base which can really help take the strain off the balls of your feet, if not, get some gel insoles to make them more comfortable.
4. EVEN FLAT SHOES CAN GIVE YOU BLISTERS
Whatever the height, rigid pressing on the back of your ankle can eventually lead to a bump forming.
This can lead to blisters, swelling and even bursitis – an inflammation of the area over a joint.
However beautiful the shoes it cannot be worth it to actually cause injury to your feet.
5. CHUNKY MEANS FUNKY
If you are going to wear very high heels try to get ones with chunky heels.
Stilettos may look great but they press on the toes and feet and can cause damage, never mind the fact that high, thin heels means that your balance is compromised.
After all, you don’t want to fall over walking across the room a la Naomi Campbell on the catwalk.
Super high-heels means that you are actually walking around all day on tippy toes.
Those five and six inch heels may look fantastic but they can put so much stress on the balls of your feet that the pressure on your foot can inflame the bones and the nerves that surround them.
And prolonged stress to the foot bones can even lead to hairline fractures.
Even ballet pumps can cause blisters. Rigid pressing on the back of the ankle can eventually lead to a bump forming (file photo)
6. KEEP SOME FLATS HANDY
If you are wearing a gorgeous pair of very high heels for an event, bring along a pair of flat shoes, you can even get folding flats for parties, that can slip into a bag.
7. TREAT YOUR FEET
Practice wearing the heels for 15-30 minutes at a time before wearing them for an event let your feet and body get used to the heels.
This article originally appeared and has been reproduced with the permission of Healthista.