Do your feet end up hurting after a long day or a night out? You try so many pairs of shoes, but can’t seem to find the perfect one. Some women seem to be able to wear any style of heel with no problem, while others are uncomfortable no matter what. Now, thanks to podiatrist Emma Supple, there is a way to measure your ideal heel height based on the natural shape of your foot.
Supple, a podiatrist out of London, has created the PHH formula (perfect heel height). This formula focuses on the talus, a large bone that connects your foot to the bottom of your leg. Finding your ideal heel height can be done in two steps.
To begin, you must take a look at the flexibility of your foot to see if your foot is naturally made for heels in the first place. Stick your leg out straight in front of you and relax your foot. If your foot doesn’t hang down too much and seems to create more of a right angle, then maybe heels weren’t meant for you. On the other hand, if your foot naturally hangs and leans more toward being in a straight line with your leg, your body is designed for wearing heels.
Even when you’re meant to wear heels, you need to find the right height. All you need is measuring tape. With your leg remaining out straight and relaxed, measure (or have a friend measure) from the bottom of your heel across – parallel to the ground – to where the ball of your foot meets (see diagram). The distance measured is your ideal heel height for maximum comfort.
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