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What is the best heel height for me?

When it comes to heels, opinion can certainly be divided. For some, they feel elegant and empowering, while others associate them pain and discomfort. If you’re part of the latter group, then it could be that you simply haven’t found the best heel height for you and your feet yet.

Every person’s feet are different, so there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to choosing the perfect pair of heels. Read on to find out more about the most comfortable heel height, how to measure the heel height of your existing shoes, and to find out more about our collection of comfortable heels.

What is a comfortable heel height?

The most comfortable heel height will vary from person to person and will depend on the shape of your foot, the type of shoe and how experienced you are with wearing heels.

The average heel height is around 3 inches, or 7.5cm. This falls into the mid-height range, which usually measures in at 2-3 inches, or 5-7.5cm. This is the most classic heel height, and mid-height heels should be comfortable enough to wear all day. That said, the best heel height for you might be lower or higher than the average.

Low heels are typically 1-2 inches, or 2.5-5cm. In low heels, the heel is short enough that the balls of your feet shouldn’t be left aching, even if you’re on your feet all day.

High heels are generally 3-4 inches, or 7.5-10cm. These are typically reserved for dressy occasions like parties or evenings out, as they can be a little more difficult to walk in. Any higher than this and the shoe is likely to have a platform at the front to make it slightly easier to walk in. If you’re new to wearing heels, it’s a good idea to start with a lower heel and work your way up to a high heel once you’ve had some practice.

You’ll only know what the best heel height for you is once you’ve tried a few pairs and worked out which ones you find the most comfortable. It’s important to take care of your feet, so try to give them a rest by alternating between heels and flats.

Clarks Kaylin 85 T-Bar in Black Suede

How to measure heel height

If you have a pair of heels that you find particularly comfortable and want to buy more with the same heel height, then get a tape measure or ruler and determine their height.

To measure heel height, place your shoe on a flat surface. Measure the back of the heel from the bottom of the heel to the point where it connects to the shoe. The measurement you take, in inches or centimetres, is the correct height of that heel.

Our selection of comfortable heels

Your feet should never suffer for the sake of looking good, so it’s important to choose heels that are comfortable and supportive, as well as stylish. Whether you choose a low heel or something a little higher, many of our heels are made with extra cushioning to keep your feet comfortable throughout the day and into the night.

Low heels

If you’re looking for a low heel, ease in with a heeled boot like the >Mila Myth or the Mila Top, both with 4cm heels and a choice of classic and contemporary finishes. Alternatively, get set for spring and summer with a heeled sandal like the Sense Strap.

Clarks Mila Sky boots in Black

Mid heels

For a classic court shoe with added comfort, look to the Laina 55 Court, available in black, red, navy or dalmatian print, with a 5.5cm heel. Or try the Sheer Rose for a court shoe with a thick, flared 6.5cm heel, available in black, tan or navy.

If you’re looking for an elegant slingback shoe to wear to a fancy affair, look no further than the Laina 55 Sling, featuring a pointed toe and a dainty buckle fastening.

High heels

High heels are often associated with discomfort, but our selection of comfortable high heels with added cushioning will take the edge off. The Kaylin Cara 2 is a wardrobe staple in classic colourways, with a high but thick and wearable 8cm block heel. Or look to the Laina 85 Court for an updated take on the court shoe, with a contemporary, sculpted block heel. This style is available in retro burnt orange leather, red suede and classic black suede.

For extra support, the Kaylin Alba 2 has a dainty strap, plus snakeskin detail for added interest.

Wide-fit heels

Often the reason for pain when wearing heels is a poor fit, with feet being cramped into a shoe that isn’t quite the right size. That’s why we offer a wide-fit option in many of our styles, including the Kaylin Cara and Un Cosmo Dress.

Now that you know how to measure heels and how to find the best heel height for you, explore our full collection of women’s heels and find a pair to suit you.