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Old 10-14-2013, 02:17 PM
 
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Having the right fit certainly helps. I always thought people who spent a lot on shoes were doing it for materialistic reasons, but you really get better quality when you aim a little higher. A solid pair of heels shouldn't eat your entire bank account, but they will be more than you're paying at thrift stores. They'll also last longer, so you might even be saving money long-term. Don't screw up your feet just to save $20. Not worth it.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:21 PM
 
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ANY high heel will hurt if you wear it long enough. Shopping is not an activity for high heels. Even the most perfect fitting, comfortable, well-made heel will hurt if you try to shop in it. And it's not just the fit- some heels are more comfortable than others. I have some Aerosoles, which are the most comfortable high heel you can get, that are fine for about three hours of continuous standing/walking, but that's the absolute max. Other heels are good from 2 hours to ten minutes, depending. In general, a round toe is more comfortable because it doesn't pinch your toes, and a shoe with a lot of padding near the ball of the foot (like Aerosoles or Soft Steps or one of those) will not hurt as quickly as one that is hard on the bottom. A shoe that feels at all tight when you put it on - especially that crunches your toes - will quickly become unbearable regardless of anything else.

The exceptions are the cloggy comfort heels, like Dansko or Jambu, which are comfortable all day but unfortunately don't have the look you are probably going for.
Lower quality heels, yes. However, I have several pairs of heels that I did 2-hour roundtrip commutes in in London (stairs, uneven pavement and packed trains) plus a full 10-11 hour work day and still felt great. You just have to shop well and listen to your feet.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:30 PM
 
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You'd be better off not buying the too large/small thrift shop shoes, saving up the money, and buying a decent pair of shoes that you TRY on and buy the size that FITS. Even places like Target. One of my best fitting pair of heels was from Target. Steve Madden look-a-likes. Save up a little more and places like TJMaxx, DSW, Nordstroms rack will buy you more brand name, higher quality shoes that aren't previously worn.

I promise, no one is noticing that your shoes are Ann Klein. Unless it's manolo, jimmy choo, ect, no one can spot the brand.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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Don't ever wear shoes that hurt. If you do that too often, you can do permanent damage to your feet in the name of fashion, which is silly.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:10 PM
 
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95% of my shoes collection is thrift store buys, so most of them are not a custom perfect fit. Some are a little tight, while other have slop. I went shopping in a 3" heel that had slop and then I got blisters and sore feet from my feet slopping around. Will try my perfect fit shoes next, a good rare find! But I have an awesome Ann Klein heel that would have cost $70 new, got it thrift for maybe $3 but it's a slightly tight fit that would hurt me the more I walk in it.

So is a perfect fit a must, so you get no aching feet? Slop and a bit tight hurts!
What the hell is "slop" on a shoe?
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:38 PM
 
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What the hell is "slop" on a shoe?
The shoe is big for me and my feet move around in it.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:41 PM
 
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You can get insoles at Wal Mart to make shoes a bit big fit better.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:54 PM
 
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You can enlarge a shoe by using rubbing alcohol inside, on the places that rub. Wear the shoes for at least 15 min to let it set and dry. It's basically what the expensive shoe stretch stuff is. Try a little bit on the shoe first to make sure the color doesn't change. It works on leather shoes, not sure about other materials.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:07 PM
 
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The shoe is big for me and my feet move around in it.
So your foot slides around in the shoe. How do you get "slop" out of that?

You're a guy. Stop wearing high heels.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Shoes should never, ever have to be stretched. If they do, they are too tight. Get your foot professionally measured.

Stop buying your shoes from secondhand stores.

Good, high end shoes are expensive for a reason.

I can run a marathon in a pair of Manolos.
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