Cute Shoes vs. Bad Knees

A year ago my wife was the inspiration behind a post about shoes and bad knees.  Last week she came to the conclusion she may have to give up heels over two inches in order to take some of the pressure off her knees.

After a month of wearing most of the flat shoes in her closet her knees are hurting but not as much as in the heels. Even though she is not happy with possibly having to give up cute shoes she is more concerned about comfort at this point.

Restating what was covered a year ago larger individuals like my wife and I depend on our knees, therefore having them go out is not an option for us.  To restate, it is extremely important to wear proper fitting shoes.

A few things to keep in mind when purchasing shoes is:

  1. Is the shoe the right size
  2. Does the shoe give proper support for your arches
  3. Does the shoe support your foot from heel to toe

Buying shoes today is not like it was 30 years ago when no matter what store you frequented, there was a person to measure your foot and steer you to shoes that fit your individual foot. Today’s shoe culture is full of buffet style choices with little help from store personnel, leaving the final choice up to the consumer, which is part of the reason that plus size women and big and tall men are making the wrong selections all the time in regard to shoes.

I realize it is a vanity thing for ladies when it comes to shoes, but lets think of this logically.  If you look at shoe shopping as the same as bra shopping, then being properly measured before making your purchase will lead to fewer cases of bad knees, sore feet, and bad backs.

  • http://www.plusshe.com Moe

    Great reminders. It is so important to take care of our feet with quality shoes/fitting. It’s amazing what we put our feet through on the day to day. They support so much weight throughout the day getting us where we want to go and so many of us shove them into crappy cheap pieces of plastic for eight hours or longer.

    I hope your wife finds some comfort soon!
    .-= Moe´s last blog ..Promo Friday =-.

  • http://www.pasazz.net/blog/ Sarah

    I cannot handle high heels that much. Though one can still find super cute shoes, which are both feminine and sexy, at lower heels.

  • Closet Fashionista

    As a lover of shoes, I know that excess weight is not good on the knees when wearing high heel shoes! I have recently lost a substantial amount of weight, still full figured, and wearing heels is now a whole new experience, but platforms are now my new shoe obsession! They do take a lot of pressure off of the knees, arches, and the balls of your feet, but also I would say to invest in Foot Petals products, they are fabulous! I will say make sure that the platform is at least 3/4 of an inch or higher and the heel is not a stiletto, if you are not into stilettos, also love a wedge!

  • http://www.divaglamplus.com DivaGlamPlus – Trendy Glam Plus Size Fashion

    I have trouble with some of the higher heels, especially of the stiletto variety. While cute, it’s probably not worth it to ruin your knees!
    .-= DivaGlamPlus – Trendy Glam Plus Size Fashion´s last blog ..glam plus size fashion, glamour plus size fashion, glamorous plus size fashion, sophisticated plus size, plus size fashion tips, fall, winter, spring =-.

    • http://www.fullfigureplus.com Glen L Johnson

      Shoes last a few seasons but you have to have your knees forever!

  • http://www.dailyvenusdiva.com Stephanie Danforth

    I must confess, I feel the same way. I’ve never been one to wear heels in the first place but when I do to wear them, they present a problem. Some of the most comfy heels and shoes I’ve come across are The Avenue’s cloudwalkers.

    • http://www.fullfigureplus.com Glen L Johnson


      I have heard good things about cloudwalkers. I will have to look more into them. Thanks for the heads up.

  • http://www.latonyabynum.com LaTonya Bynum

    Also you might want to pay close attention to the sole of the shoe. I have fallen twice this month because I had some boots on with a slick sole. I regret that I didn’t pay closer attention to the sole of the shoe.
    .-= LaTonya Bynum´s last blog ..#1 Undiscovered Resource: Getting LinkedIn! =-.

    • http://www.fullfigureplus.com Glen L Johnson

      One trick I was taught long ago is if I know I am going to keep the shoes to scuff up the sole with some steel wool that way it won’t be slippery when you walk.

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