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Sexy stilettos or cute flip-flops?

All you ladies parade in high heels to look taller, sexier and confident. But are stilettos worth the trouble it may cause? Read on to know all about heels and what the experts have to say. Aditi Caroli reports.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 03, 2011 14:51 IST
Aditi Caroli
Aditi Caroli
Hindustan Times

With fashion and couture weeks making news everyday, models walking the ramp with six inches hot heels definitely have grabbed your attention. Heels have always been flaunted in chic movies like Sex And The City, The Devil Wears Prada, Legally Blonde, Confessions Of A Shopaholic and many more.

Heels conquer fashion shows

High heel shoes have been popular since long in the fashion industry. It comes in various styles like pumps, boots, stilettos, sandals, platforms and many more. Heels make you look sexy, sophisticated and elegant.

Agrees designer Payal Jain, "Heels are more of a fashion statement and change your entire body language and confidence level."

Stilettos have unquestionably dominated the fashion runways every season. It enhances body posture by flexing the calf muscles and pushing out chest and buttocks making it more prominent. Moreover, men do love them!

HeelsAre stilettos good for you?

Stilettos, having four to six inches of heels, surely enhance your style statement adding height as well as sex appeal to your personality. But spending most part of the day out on toes, heels can certainly take a toll on your poor feet. "It comes down to a personal choice but why put torture on yourself. Wear heels that don't damage you," suggests designer Madhu Jain.

High heels if worn excessively can create skeleton and muscular problems. Balancing becomes difficult especially on soft or wet ground. As it puts the entire weight of the body on heels, it can cause leg and back pain as well.

Go for comfort quotient
Flat shoes are a more sensible, comfortable and practical way out. These are available in versatile designs. It comes in several styles like flip-flops, ballerinas, kolhapuri chappals and tennis shoes. Madhu says, "I wear flats all the time. It's easy on the arch of your foot. Office goers and college students should simply wear flats."

Available in thousands of vibrant colours, it gives you a cool smart look. Flip-flops are definitely in vogue. You can look trendy and stylish if carried out with confidence. "Heels look more elegant and graceful but flats are certainly more comfortable. Students should go for flats," says Payal.

Heels that don't hurt
But no matter how impractical it may seem, women still parade in high heels to look taller, slimmer and sexier. "If you really want to wear heels, go for one-inch platforms. Also, there are brands that make heels for pregnant women keeping in mind the comfort quotient, actually everyone can wear them," says Madhu Jain.

One can also flaunt small and stylish kitten heels at work. "Small heels for work are nice as long as there are no back problems or other health issues," says Payal Jain.

If not avoidable, choose heels with round open toes rather than closed pointed ones. Wedge heels will be more comfortable than pointed ones. Go for the ones with thick sole rather than thin one.

Don't follow trends blindly torturing your body. "Heels should be used for appropriate occasions and only if it does not lead to serious medical conditions. This is a personal choice and women must know their bodies and dress according to their specific needs and not just blindly follow trends," says Payal Jain.

So the verdict is clear: you can balance it out by wearing heels for formal, bigger occasions and sporting flats for regular, casual ones.

So what's your pick now?

First Published: Oct 12, 2010 18:45 IST