How To Find Your Perfect Heel Height

We’ve all heard the old advice to stick to low heels in order to avoid injuries and pain. What if we told you that everybody’s ideal heel height was different? According to podiatrist Emma Supple, there’s a way to measure your perfect heel height using an easy formula. This helps explain why some women are able to navigate sky-high heels with ease while others aren’t. You might need to get somebody to help you out with this though. 

According to Emma Supple, it all comes down to an oddly-shaped bone called the Talus positioned on top and at the front of the foot. The amount of flexibility in the Talus determines how high a heel you’re able to manage. The more mobility in the foot, the higher your heels can be. And with that premise in mind, allow us to walk you through the process. 


Measuring your foot to determine heel height:


What you need:

  • A chair
  • A tape measure
  • A pencil
  • A helping hand


How to measure your foot:

  • Sit on a straight chair and stick your leg out, letting your foot hang naturally (your shoes need to be off)
  • If your foot sits up naturally at a right angle, then you’re better suited to flat shoes as your foot has little mobility.
  • If, on the other hand, the top of your foot dips forward in an almost straight line with your leg, you are more suited to heels.
  • With your leg in that same position, get somebody to place a pencil at the ball of your foot at a 90-degree angle to the ground.
  • Then, using the tape measure, stretch it out parallel to the ground to measure the distance between the pencil and your heel (think of it forming the base of a right-angled triangle where it meets the pencil).
  • Read the tape measure at the intersection of it with the pencil to get your ideal heel height.

As much as we love a sleek high heel, no shoe is worth the discomfort that comes with wearing the wrong heel height. After you’ve measured your feet, you’ll be in a far better position to pick something that looks chic while also feeling comfortable


Now that you know your ideal heel height, you might be thinking of doing some shopping…

Low heel - Idola Scotch

Mid heel - Pickle Khaki

High heel - Naples Black Patent 

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