Heels can look fantastic and really finish off an outfit, but they aren’t for everyone. If you’ve tried and failed with heels, maybe you just aren’t picking the right ones. From kitten to killer, there are many types to choose from. Here’s how to pick the right ones for you.

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The height of a heel depends on the flexibility of your ankle. If your ankle is fairly stable, you’re better off with a lower heel or flats. For a more flexible ankle, you have more of a range in choice.

Natural foot shape

To measure your ideal heel height, sit in a chair with one leg out straight. Let your foot rest naturally so that the top of your foot drops slightly. Get a friend to measure the difference in the angle between the ball of your foot and your heel. This will probably be between 1 and 4 inches. This is your ideal heel height.

Outfit and figure

Kitten heels can be very cute and team well with an hour-glass figure and knee-length skirt of dress.

Between 2″ and 3″ are great for daytime outfits and especially wedges, which can balance out a top-heavy figure or athletic frame. Heels of 3″-3.5″ can be very versatile, matching virtually any figure and outfit from dresses to jeans.

Foot issues

If you have any foot issues like bunions, ankle pain, or knee pain, it’s best to avoid heels completely, or stick to a very low one.

Comfort

Comfort is the most important issue here. If you’re not very skilled at walking in heels, it can be a good idea to add an insole or gel pad to relieve the pressure. An ankle strap can also do wonders for helping you walk and make sure your heel isn’t slipping off. Looking good is a by-product, but you should make sure you feel good too.