3 Chic Alternatives To Heels

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3 Chic Alternatives To Heels

Wearing heels can make us feel sexier, taller, slimmer and more sophisticated. But this look comes at a price. Stiletto heels may look good but on a practical level, they can be difficult to walk in and can often be downright painful after a long day of strutting around. Come on, we’ve all been there, right?

So if you have a wedding, work-do or formal event to go to but are dreading the impracticalities of struggling with stiletto heels for hours on end, here are some equally fabulous but far more comfortable alternatives you can try.

3 Chic Alternatives To Heels


Boots these days come in all shapes, sizes, colours and materials. Sure, you might not want to wear cowboy boots or engineer boots to a wedding, but there are plenty of other options for you to choose from.

When it comes to boots, there are several heel types to choose from. High or slim heeled boots will most likely be as impractical as strappy stilettos but block-heels and Cuban heels offer a lot more comfort. They will still give you that extra bit of height and help improve your posture but will offer far more support and comfort.

As for styles, Chelsea Boots are a great option. Otherwise known as Ankle Boots, these can be worn with both smart and casual attire. Jodhpur Ankle Boots are also a similar alternative that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

In terms of materials, leather and suede are both popular choices when it comes to boots. Of course, the style, colour and type of boot you choose will depend on the style and colour of your dress or outfit. But generally speaking, there is something to suit everyone in the boot family.


For a more delicate look, sandals are fabulous options. Particularly in summer, sandals can offer the sophistication of high heels but at a fraction of the pain. Like boots, they come in all shapes, sizes, styles and colours so you’re sure to find something that suits your style and outfit.

If you’re likely to be on your feet all day and want pure comfort, consider a flat sandal. Or, if you are comfortable in a reasonable heel, there are plenty of such options in the sandal family. From leather and lace to flatbed, tip-toes and sling-backs you are definitely not short of choice.

And, for a fabulous finish, why not treat yourself to a pedicure? It will give your feet a healthy glow and you can match your toenails to the rest of your outfit too.


If you’re likely to be on your feet for a long time at a formal event, wedges are a fantastic alternative to heels. They come at every colour, pattern, style, material and price under the sun.

And whether you opt for a wedge heel or a wedge sandal, you will get all the benefits and confidence boosts that you would get from heels but with a lot more comfort.

How to make sure you pick the right shoe

Whilst style and colour are important when buying shoes, there are also a few practical things you should think about.

If possible, try the shoes on in store to make sure that they fit you perfectly. Don’t be afraid to walk around in the store to make sure that they are comfortable and nothing is going to cause you to pain further down the track.

If you are buying online and therefore can’t try the shoes on in store, make sure you order from a reputable shoe company like Naturalizer who make their shoes specifically with comfort and support in mind. The last thing you want to worry about is blisters or broken toenails so opt for high-quality shoes from a company that specialises in shoes.

Of course, when it comes to your sense of style, the only person who can choose the right shoe is you. Fashion comes and goes but your personal style is yours to keep. So whether it’s bright pink zebra-print sling-back sandals or black knee-high open-toe boots, whatever you feel happiest in is the right option for you.

Helen Cartwright

Helen Cartwright is a passionate blogger, who excels in the Digital Marketing and Technology niche. She writes for a variety of on leading online media channels.

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