3 SAVVY TIPS TO PREVENT HIGH HEEL PAIN & BE RACE-READY THIS SPRING RACING CARNIVAL

3 SAVVY TIPS TO PREVENT HIGH HEEL PAIN & BE RACE-READY THIS SPRING RACING CARNIVAL

A Cinderella-eque stiletto is the ultimate fairytale shoe story. We all search for it, but rarely find that perfect on-trend gem that fits like a glove, is the perfect heel height AND feels like a dream. {Our bonus tip #1? If you find it.... buy one in every colour!}

In reality, stylistic license usually trumps fit and function, making it difficult to find a staple piece that ticks all the boxes. Knowing your feet (actual size and width), heel height boundaries and trouble spots (boney prominences and commonly rubbed areas) can make ruling shoes in or out a far less painful task for your feet and your purse.

Most of us have one foot slightly bigger and/or wider than the other, so dressing the larger foot is first and foremost. Natural materials (like soft leather or suede) may have some room for error for a wide foot, however seams, or materials such as patent leather or synthetic, will prevent a shoe from stretching. The golden rule? A snug not tight fit is best, ensuring all parts of the foot is carried by the sole of the shoe (yep, no foot overhang ladies).  

THE SCIENTIFIC REASONS WHY 8/10 WOMEN STRUGGLE IN HEELS

THE SCIENTIFIC REASONS WHY 8/10 WOMEN STRUGGLE IN HEELS

Up until now, high heel related research has focused on the force that is applied to the ball of the foot. Of course, it’s not rocket science to work out that the higher the heel, the more weight is consistently placed on the ball of the foot. The good news, however, is this: all women can still confidently light up the boardroom, bar and beyond in their fave high heels— turns out, it just takes muscle conditioning!   

New groundbreaking research has identified that muscle fatigue is the underlying reason we suffer with pain in high heels. Due to the big toe and ankle being placed at a severe angle in the high heel, we are constantly using the stabilizing muscles around our ankle to keep our foot steady. That’s why when you’re strutting around in your stilettos, you feel like you’re getting a workout—it’s from those lower leg muscles working overtime.            

I am a pioneering podiatrist who is passionate about empowering women to be fearless in attitude, effortlessly chic and confident in their heels. My expertise is nested in human mechanics and women’s footwear with a personal mission to make it safer and more comfortable for women to enjoy wearing high heels. Through my blended love of science and fashion, I have uncovered the unknown source of high heel pain and engineered a dynamic insole range that provides luxurious comfort and unique support for all types of women’s footwear. Check out www.emilybraidwood.com for more information.

The Ultimate Guide to Wearing High Heels

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO GETTING BACK INTO STILETTOS - AS FEAT. THE CAROUSEL

As featured on Carousel.com Sports Podiatrist & Emily Braidwood founder Emily Smith gives her tips and tricks on how to get back into high heels following a hiatus including #WFH and maternity leave.  
HOW YOUR FAVOURITE SHOES ARE MESSING WITH YOUR POSTURE - FEAT. BODY + SOUL

HOW YOUR FAVOURITE SHOES ARE MESSING WITH YOUR POSTURE - FEAT. BODY + SOUL

Whether it's sneakers, ballet flats or slides, flats can also wreak havoc on your posture - even though they're far more comfortable than heels - as they lack the support and structure of other footwear options. What's more is that these options could also be contributing to back and foot pain, and even affecting your performance at the gym. So with approx. 2.5x your body weight being loaded through your feet every step, we’ve put your pumps, and their effect on your posture, into perspective.