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REBCCA
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5/12/08 9:59 A

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RUBIDIUM, I apologize for taking so long to respond.
I discovered Z-Coils after trying every brand name shoe in a quest for comfort on long walks. I have worn Z-Coils for walking 8 hours touring all the hills of San Francisco to standing for long hours at trade shows. Yes indeed they are great for workouts and running. The spring actually does an energy return and the way they absorb shocks is heavenly. I do recommend them for adding stamina and endurance to any activity...almost...I do not wear them for cycling or rowing...emoticon

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I love wearing heels. I agree that the show makes a big difference but also how you walk can make a difference. By that, are you putting your weight on your heel on the ball of your foot? When I land on the ball of my foot, my feet kill me by lunch time. But if I relax, lean back and walk on my heels my feel and my entire body do much better.

Putting your center of gravity over your heels makes for better posture overall.

And I have found that heels are a little more comfortable as I have lost weight. I think itís because my feet donít swell up so much now.


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I have found, like others here, that it depends on the shoe. I love the way heels look, too, but don't wear them that often. And when I find a pair that are comfy, I wear them for as many years as I can, get the heels/soles replaced as needed. Most of my heels are about 3 inches.

Some things I found that make a shoe more comfortable:
* good cushion on the insole, so I can stand for extended periods without feeling like I am on a concrete slab.
* a well balanced heel--I have a pair of boots with a kitten heel (about 2 inches) that I had been sure I'd fall off of, but because the heel was placed well, they have become my go-to boots.
* I love the look of a flat heel: When you look at the shoe from the side, it looks skinny, but from the back, you can tell it is wide. This makes balance easier, and the shoe easier on your foot and leg.
* A wedge! That was my most recent purchase--a 3 inch sandal that I can wear all day...

Also, I want to point out that shoe shopping is NOT a quick thing for me. I can frequently look for hours and walk out with nothing. If it isn't comfortable, I won't buy it. But I'll spend more money on shoes, because you wear them more often than, say, a dress.




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5/5/08 8:20 A

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I had never really thought about quality difference. I think you are totally right as I think back on some of my shoes.

Interesting topic.


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I think heels are easier for some to wear than others. I once was 230 and heels were really uncomfortable. I've been as light as 170, and they were uncomfortable.

I don't notice the foot discomfort as much until I try to run or walk or cycle. My foot/ankle muscles must get worn out because I don't get a good workout after wearing heels.

I'm all about health, so if it gets in the way of my workout, it's gone.

I might should try out a higher end shoe like was suggested.

interesting question. I'm liking to read the answers.

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5/4/08 12:44 P

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I used to wear clunky heals when I was in HS at 120 lbs. Now, I can't wear those shoes and if I wear stilleto heals, they have to be high end. I bought a pair for $20 and I couldn't last a 1 mile walk in them as I had to do once. My husband ended up breaking the heals off the shoes so I could walk. Needless to say, when we got home they went in the trash. Now the shoes I bought for my wedding I wore for 11 hours strait, dancing, walking, stairs... They were "Nina" brand and the style was "Flo". They retail for $70 a pair but you can find them online for $30. Just try them on in store first as at least for me different styles fit differently.

Overall, the quality of the shoe matters more than your weight.

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Hi,
I am on the heavy side and do find heels comfortable. My flat shoes have a 1 to 1.5 inch heel but my heels are 2.5 to 3 inches high. Because I am heavy, I don't wear heels with a stilleto or skinning heel. YOu need to wear shoes that have thick heels to support your weight.
IF you are slim and have balancing issues, the thicker heel works too.

My heels have to be comfortable enough for me to do a light jog in it before I buy it. I jog if there is an emergency or if I am late for something and have to jog thru the hallway to get there on time.

Lovey

Edited by: TDSLOVEY at: 5/4/2008 (12:08)
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RUBIDIUM
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5/4/08 11:31 A

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REBCCA, I hadn't ever heard of z-coils so I looked them up. Wow, what a crazy looking shoe!! They do look like they'd be comfortable. Have you ever worked out in them (like walking, jogging, running?). I do triathlons and the running portion always kills my feet and knees. Maybe a pair of these z-coils would be a good thing, if they're suitable for working out.


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5/4/08 8:29 A

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I don't wear them, they hurt my feet.. I don't think any dress shoes ever fit me because I have extremely small feet (size 4.5 to 5 womens) which is equivalent to a 3 or a 4 in kids. lol

I don't think it has to do with weight

Edited by: GYMBRAT at: 5/4/2008 (08:27)


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When I was an Airline Stewardess I wore heels all the time and still have high heel shoes, but I just look at them. I still do not find them comfortable and do not wear them. I started wearing z-coils five years ago and decided that being comforable was more attractive than being in pain.

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THERICHARDLIFE
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5/4/08 7:20 A

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Hiya!

I'm not sure about the weight--I suppose that makes sense. I found, though, that once I started wearing heels on a regular basis for work that they became much easier to wear.

I always wondered the same thing though! How do those girls wear those fabulous shoes on a marathon shopping trip?!?! I don't think I will ever understand that :)


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RUBIDIUM
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5/4/08 2:04 A

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I'm posting this here because this is the only forum I ever post in. Women who have lost weight, do you find that it becomes easier to wear high heels?

I have heard that someones people's shoe size goes down when they lose a substantial amount of weight. I'm not worried about that, as my feet aren't especially wide or large. However, I love high heels. I'm a shoe addict. But they hurt like the dickens!! I don't know how women are able to stand all day in them. Is this pain due to my weight? As I lose more weight will it become less painful? Or is it always just really painful? I appreciate your input.


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