Many women suffer from painful use of heels primarily because they selected the wrong height. Factors in choosing the right heel height include the natural angle of your feet and flexibility of your ankle joints, and size of your sinus tarsi. The looser your feet, the more comfortable they are in heels.
Sit upright on a chair and raise one leg, leaving the other flat on the floor. If the front of your raised foot lifts rather than drops, then wearing heels is ideal for you. Then draw an invisible line from your heels to the balls; this line determines the exact height of heels.
Kitten heels (1 to 1.5 inches) are perfect for most women. They give you the lift without the pain. The midi heels (2 to 2.5 inches) look more impressive than the low heels. This looks fantastic on peep toes and slingback straps either at work or parties.
Meanwhile, heels with 3 to 3.5 inches are considered the ideal height, giving you confidence and are suitable to almost every occasion.
The higher heels like the 4 to 4.5 inches are perfect for those with dancer feet and shorter periods. Select styles that strongly support the ankles.
For 5+ inches, the killer heels, should be worn by experienced dressers and only for limited periods. This type can easily put you off balance.
Remember, regardless of heel height, avoid continued use. Give your feet a break by alternating between flats and heels. Besides height, consider construction and space for heels to avoid slipping incidents.