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Women's Work: Are Your Shoes Slowing You Down?

Posted by Taryn Kelly on 5/14/2014 to Foot Pain Relief

I am one of those women who just loves shoes. I can’t have enough of them. I fall in love with and subsequently purchase 5 inch heels. Then, I try to wear them to work and ... I end up kicking them off and walking around barefoot. Yes, that’s very unprofessional, but it’s better than the alternative shoe-icide!

High heels and other improperly fitted shoes that are uncomfortable or painful to wear can cause one or some of a plethora of foot health problems:


  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Ingrown Toenails

  • Hammertoes

  • Morton’s Neuroma

  • Achilles Tendonitis

  • Haglunds and Bursitis (also known as a “pump bump”)

  • Heel Spurs

  • Bunions

  • Metatarsalgia

Those are a lot of problems that orthotic shoes and orthopedic footwear can solve, leaving you able to walk painlessly for long work hours. They offer comfortable heel cupping, arch support, and larger toe boxes, plus shock absorption and reduced friction. After trying out your first pair of orthopedic flats, you will be hooked. You may even find yourself matching all business attire to match that one new pair of comfort shoes! Worry-free, you can spend more time being productive and less time fretting over painful footwear and super sore tootsies.

After a bunionectomy, I swore off any heels over one inch.  I immediately switched to a flats-only office footwear policy and discovered several orthopedic shoes and slim insoles that not only look stylish, but will look great from 9-5 (plus dinner and drinks after work!). Here are some of my favorites:

  • Superfeet Black: These super slip yet extra supportive insoles were made for tight-fitting women’s shoes.

  • FootPetals Insoles for Heels: Can’t part from those sexy stilettos? Foot Petals high heel pads and inserts were made for “those of us who have a love/hate relationship with our sexy shoes.”

  • Aerosoles Women's Heartland Heels: These are comfortable and perfect for the warmer spring and summer months. Finally, a pair of heels that won’t necessitate an after-work foot rub!

  • FootzyRolls Flats: aren’t orthopedic or supportive, but are small enough to roll up and fit inside a fist. Grab a pair to stick in your desk in case you wake up feeling tenacious about heels and want to ditch that idea once you sit down.


What do you like to wear on your feet to keep them comfortable throughout a long work week?  


Featured in this article:

Superfeet Black

Foot Petals

Aersoles Heartland



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