OUCH! Irish women wear heels despite pain

Seven out of ten (72%) Irish women who ever wear high heels will wear them even if they are painful or uncomfortable, according to a study commissioned by Compeed® blister professionals.

Seven out of ten (72%) Irish women who ever wear high heels will wear them even if they are painful or uncomfortable, according to a study commissioned by Compeed® blister professionals.

This figure puts Irish women ahead of their sisters in other European countries when it comes to suffering for their high heels. The Irish study, which was undertaken by YouGov, also revealed that wearing heels makes Irish women feel feminine, sexy and confident. However, two thirds of Irish women admitted they had experienced blisters and excessive pressure on the balls of their feet as a result of wearing high heels. Over half of Irish women also confessed that they have bought three or more pairs of shoes that they have only worn once or twice because they hurt their feet.

Shopping tips for buying shoes:

- Go shopping in the afternoon so that your shoes will be comfortable after using your feet.

- Buy natural material leather or cork soles and leather uppers.

- Examine any stitching on the inside of the shoe and identify where it will touch your foot as this may cause friction, especially if you wear the shoes with bare feet

- Buy shoes that are the correct size for your feet. Too big and you will get friction, and too small and you’ll get pressure

- Always walk up and down the shop three or four times and think about how your feet feel in the shoes you are trying on.