High heels are a staple in many wardrobes, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to any outfit. However, the height of these heels can vary significantly, and understanding how to accurately measure this height is crucial for comfort, style, and health reasons. This article provides a detailed guide on how to measure the height of high heels.
Firstly, it’s important to understand the two key measurements associated with high heels – the heel height and the platform height. The heel height is measured at the outsole from the middle of the heel to the sole, while the platform height is measured at the outsole from the foot bed to the sole.
To measure the heel height, you will need a flat surface, a shoe, and a ruler or tape measure. Place your shoe on the flat surface, ensuring it is stable. Then, take your ruler or tape measure and place one end just above the heel cap. Extend the ruler upwards towards the top of the shoe, ending your measurement at the highest point on the back of the heel. The length you get between the heel cap and the highest point on your heel is the heel height.
If you wish to include the heel cap in your measurement, you can do so to get a better idea of the overall heel height. However, remember that the actual heel begins just above the heel cap.
It’s also worth noting that the ideal maximum heel height varies between individuals, typically ranging between 7 to 9 centimeters. The larger your foot size, the higher the heel you can safely wear. However, doctors generally advise against wearing heels higher than 4 centimeters on a daily basis for health reasons.
In addition to measuring the heel height, you may also want to measure the platform height. This is done by measuring from the foot bed to the sole at the outsole.
Remember, wearing high heels can alter your posture and walking style, giving an illusion of wider hips. However, they do not increase hip size. It’s essential to choose a heel height that is comfortable and suitable for your needs, whether it’s for a special event or everyday wear.