When it comes to sexy shoes, for most women practicality and comfort go out the window.
Did you know? 88% of all women buy shoes that are one size too small for them.
While in her heart every woman craves a sexy high heel, no one actually wants aching feet.
Here are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What are the most popular shoe colors?
A: It varies by season, of course. With millions of different colored shoes on the market, the most functional and popular colors for shoes are black and white. In spring and summer, popular colors include white, nude, light brown and pastel shades like lilac. In winter and fall month darker colors are more in demand, like black, chocolate and deep purple.
The colors and types of clothing you have in your wardrobe will ultimately dictate the colors of shoes you need. Even though black and white are not the only color shoes a woman should have, it is absolutely necessary to own at least five pairs each! You might think that is crazy but when you consider that you need an open toe, closed toe, dressy, casual, and semi casual shoe, it doesn’t take long to add up!
Q: My high heels give me blisters and chafe my heel. What would you suggest?
A: The best thing I’ve found for blistering and chafing from heels is clear band-aids. If you know in advance where those sexy high heeled shoes are going to chafe, put a clear band-aid on before wearing. It’s invisible in most places. You can also try rubbing a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the inside, where the shoe chafes.
Q: I have stinky feet in the summer and my shoes smell funky. Any suggestions?
A: Foot powder can work wonders for smelly shoes. Take either foot powder or simple baking soda and sprinkle a generous amount in your shoes. Let them sit for awhile and the shoes will smell much better.
Q: How do I know what size shoes to order?
A: Visit my Tips page to help find your perfect size shoes. When you measure your feet, make sure you are standing up and wearing the socks or stockings you plan to wear with your new shoes. Don’t be alarmed if one foot is slightly larger than the other, this is very common. If you need a half size shoe and only whole sizes are available, order the next size up unless otherwise noted in the shoe description. Read my article on ‘The art of finding shoes that fit‘.
Q: Is it easy to return an online order?
A: Yes. When visiting any online footwear retailer always check their return policy first. Retailers like endless.com offer all returns free of charge. Always be careful when opening an online order, repackage item in the original packaging and apply the return label provided.
Q: How do I know if the shoes I am buying are genuine designer shoes?
A: If a deal looks too good to be true then it probably is. If you have not heard of the company, they do not provide a real address and contact telephone number and/or the prices are massively reduced then your taking a calculated gamble.
Q: Do you know if it is appropriate to wear high heels if I’m under 5 ft tall?
A: Yes, it is very much appropriate to wear heels when you’re of short stature. You will look more proportionate, feel sexier and be more confident. Don’t go from always wearing low or no heels to a 4″ stiletto heel. Work your way into higher heels over time. You want to be comfortable and be able to walk properly and pain free.
Q: What does d’Orsay mean?
A: Named after Count d’Orsay, a painter, sculptor and man of fashion living in the early to mid 18th century, the d’Orsay is a type of pump usually with a closed heel and toe. It is cut down to the sole at the sides leaving the arch of the foot visible. Recently open toed styles with a closed heel and cutout sides are also considered d’Orsays. Leaving the shank of the shoe bare creates a sexy silhouette appealing to women and men.
Q: Can I purchase shoes for someone else?
A: Yes. There is no need to worry about purchasing shoes online without trying them on first. All of the link to recommended online retailers offer full refunds. If you don’t know which style shoes to get, visit my Shoe Shopping Guide page and fill out the shoe inquiry form. I will send you an email with several direct links to shoes I recommend. You can then order the shoes and have them shipped directly to your or the person you’re buying for.
Q: If you have orthotics can you still wear dress shoes?
A: Yes, orthotics benefit anyone with foot pain or discomfort – including high heel wearers. Walking in high heeled shoes forces your body weight to be focused on the front of your feet, causing the forefoot structure to collapse. This excess force and friction leads to common conditions like ball of foot pain, burning sensation under the foot (Metatarsalgia), callous and corns – even aching legs. You can get orthotics made for dress shoes, especially high heels, online at Footminders or talk to your Orthodontist.
Q: My favorite pair of heels is scuffed up in the front. What can I do?
A: If a soft brush or cloth and shoe polish doesn’t fix the scuff marks, consider covering the front of your shoes to hide them. Here is the link to an article on ‘How to create your own sequins capped shoes with Super Easy DIY instructions‘. If you decide to cap your heels, send me a picture so I can see how gorgeous they turned out.
Q: My calves hurt after wearing high heels for any period of time.
A: This is very common and can be relieved by doing simple stretching exercises. My favorite one is to stand on a step holding on to the railing for balance and lowering the heels as far as they can before raising them up again. Also, don’t wear the same type of shoes all the time, wear a variety of heel heights and flats to get your calf muscles working through their greatest range of movement.
Q: What is the difference between clogs and mules?
A: Clogs are shoes with open backs and closed toes, and are often referred to as mules, with the main difference being the soles and heels. Mules can have any type of heel whereas the heel of a clog is a platform-type heel, and the soles are thick and sturdy.
Q: What makes the Sexy Shoes Expert an expert?
A: I was asked this question on my Facebook page the other day. Of course I’ve thought about this question many times over the past couple of years and here’s is the answer I gave. I consider myself an expert because I have spent countless hours studying up on the subject, reading through books, magazines and websites plus I research what’s new in regards to shoes and accessories on a regular basis. I don’t just write weekly articles and reviews for the Sexy Shoes Expert website, but I also have a column in the Definitive Woman Magazine, which goes into print four times a year. Lastly, I love to wear sexy high heels and fashion accessories and I’m always looking for a bargain buy. It’s my passion!
Q: Where is the best place online to sell my slightly used designer shoes?
A: Ebay would be the most obvious choice for selling high end designer shoes or any slightly used shoes for that matter. Ebay has been proven to be a reliable site and they receive a ton of traffic. I found a site on Facebook called ‘Shoe Gals’ and I’ve come across other websites where you can buy, sell or trade shoes, but I don’t know if they get a lot of traffic or how much commission they charge.
Q: Do you have any suggestions for taking care of my expensive high heel shoes?
A: Remember to clean your high heels after every outing. Use a soft brush or slightly moistened cloth and wipe off any dust and grime. Read my article on ‘Taking care of your designer shoes‘ for more tips. With the proper care your pretty high heels will last for many years.
Q: My feet slide forward in my sandals all the time. What can I do?
A: Measure your feet a few times a year, your feet change over the years and they might even get bigger during the warm summer months. Consider buying your sandals and open toed shoes in a narrow width or a half size smaller than usual. You can also add adhesive foot pedals or toe cushions to keep your feet from sliding forward. When in a bind you can also spray the bottom of your feet with hair spray to keep them from sliding around.
Q: I have lots of open toed shoes, can I wear them in the fall and winter?
A: Yes, get bright colored or fun pattern stockings. This formerly taboo combination of open toe shoes and stockings can work beautifully. The key to wearing open toe shoes in colder weather is opaque hose, not sheer. Remember though, any old shoe won’t do for this look. You need fairly chunky high heels. Open toe shoes and tights in similar colors make for a very sleek look.
Q: How can I get my toe nails white again after wearing nail polish for too long?
A: Get your nails white again in time for sandal season. Make a paste using 1 tbsp peroxide and 2 1/4 tbsp baking soda. Let this paste sit on your nails for 5 minutes, wash off and voila! Beautiful white nails once again!
Q. There is a spot of glue on my brand new pair of expensive high heels, how do I get it off ?
A. Ordinary lighter fluid applied to a white rag will remove the glue. Be sure to use a small amount at a time and don’t rub too hard.
Q: I am a tall girl, just under 6 feet, do you have any tips for wearing heels?
A: It doesn’t matter how tall you are, what’s important is that you’re confident! As a fairly tall person myself, I’m 5′ 9″, I know it’s not so much about being taller, but about being chic and confident in my look. Stand up straight, even if you tower over most everyone else. A slouchy look counter acts the advantage and beauty of wearing high heels. Make sure that the shoes fit comfortably. Use foot pedals or insoles to help with that.
Mary from Bergdorg Goodman explains the three inch rule perfectly. In order to achieve the appropriate proportion and maximize the attitude and sensuality that your heels can do for you, always select a height of at least three inches or higher for a classic heel. This may not be necessary for a wedge or summer sandal; but, even though you are tall, I always recommend skipping the kitten and going for the full heel whenever possible. Especially for tall girls or anyone with large feet, adding a higher heel – and therefore heightening your foot’s proportion – will eliminate some of the length and get rid of what I like to call the Ronald McDonald shoe effect.
Q. How do you convert a ladies shoe size to a men’s shoe size?
A. The best rule of thumb is a two size decrease. A woman’s 12 M converts to men’s 10D. You might have to adjust from there based on the width of your feet.
Q. I just bought a pair of shoes made of PU. What is it and will they stretch?
A. PU is short for Polyurethane. It’s a type of plastic often used as fake leather. Many people like it because it’s a man made semi-shiny to shiny material that is Vegan friendly. PU will stretch but not as quickly or as much as leather will.
Q. How much harder is to go from a 2 inch heel to walking in a 5 inch heel?
A. There is a big difference in the way you carry yourself in a 5 inch heels, but don’t panic, it only takes practice. Walking in high heels is like riding a bike. Master the art and you will never forget how. Get my free Handbook with tips on how to walk in high heels.
Q: I’m looking for a particular pair of shoes. Can you find them?
A: Yes – in most cases anyway. Visit my Shoe Shopping Guide page and fill out the ‘no obligation’ Shoe Inquiry Form. Enter as much information as you have about the shoes and I will do my best to find them for you. Keep in mind, older shoes styles get discontinued and will no longer be available.
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