adidas adissage Joan Oloff talks about her comfortable stylish shoes line
To avoid risking permanent leg damage, silhouette is important. ‘Almond toe, or rounder heels in general, are known to accommodate the toes,’ says Joan.
The materials used to construct a shoe also make a big difference. ‘I like to use a lot of calfskin leathers, as they are extremely soft. They will give with the foot,
rather than create a pressure point.’
Stay away from synthetic or man made materials, as Joan insists that they are very bad for you. ‘It is also important that the linings of the shoes are made with leather and all natural materials. This allows your foot to breathe and decreases sweating and the formation of blisters,’ Joan explains.
It is imperative to prepare your body for the activity of wearing heels
Thought you could just slip into your favorite stilettos and go? According to Joan, standing half toe takes preparation. ‘My approach to the women I see who like to wear heels is the same as when I treat athletes. It is imperative to prepare your body for the activity.’
‘This means doing posterior chain strengthening and stretching. I am talking about lunges, squats, core strengthening,
balance and proprioceptive exercises.
Stretching the entire posterior chain is also important. This includes the Achilles tendon, gastrocnemius muscle, and hamstrings.’
I would not recommend going higher than a 4 inch heel
‘It is always a good idea to mix up your footwear throughout the week,’ shares Joan. ‘Even the experienced high heel warrior would be best served to mix up heel heights. This helps to prevent the Achilles tendon from shortening.’
While stilettos may make your butt look better, ‘the 50 mm heel (just under 2 inches) is my favorite,’ says Joan.
‘At a certain point,
there is no insole technology that can adequately support and protect the foot. I would not recommend going higher than a 4 inch heel.
Ways to wear shoes that are too big
While it is best to have shoes that most accurately fit your feet, some brands only offer full sizes. If you are a half size, go up a size.
‘There are little tricks that can be done to tighten up shoes that are too large,’ shares Joan. ‘The first thing to try is a foam half insole which fits in the front of the shoe. They are about 1/4 inch thick, but compress down. You can even use two, if necessary.
We know that shoes may irritate bunions,
but the cause is hereditary
Many have a misconception that shoes cause bunions. Not true according to Joan. ‘We know that shoes may irritate bunions, but the cause is hereditary,’ she says.