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Spring Racing Season footwear

Ladies, the spring racing season is upon us! Whilst it is the perfect time of year to dress up in our fashion finest and indulge in a little pampering, the aftermath of it all can leave you with mixed emotions of regret, self-pity and of course painful feet!
Today we will give you a few pointers on what to look for in your Spring Racing Season footwear to keep your feet happy the whole day through.

Let’s face it, it’s no secret that high heels are not good for your feet. We all know that they can cause a number of problems including corns, callouses, ankle sprains, Achilles injuries and various forefoot problems (like those dreaded bunions). Yet despite it being common knowledge that heels aren’t exactly podiatrically approved, women continue to wear them.

As Podiatrists, we encourage our patients to wear supportive shoes, however we do understand that rocking your new Asics runners with a cocktail dress is simply not going to work! As such, we have put together a few suggestions of what to look for when picking out your Spring Racing Season footwear.

Choose wedges over stilettos:

The benefits of choosing a wedge shoe over stilettos are not to be overlooked. Not only will it stop you from sinking into the grass but the wider surface area at the base of the shoe will increase your weight distribution and therefore improve stability.

Opt for a kitten heel over the sky high option:

A smaller heel reduces the pressure relocation occurring at the balls of the feet as well as decreasing Achilles tendon shortening. The bonus is that kitten heels are very on trend at the moment and there are so many gorgeous options out in stores.

Get a shoe with a strap or some form of fixation:

Whether it’s a strap or boot style, having something to hold the shoe to your foot is a great addition to any footwear. This handy feature means that there is no need to claw the toes in order to keep the shoes on and there is no worry about your heel slipping out and causing problems.

Avoid platforms:

For many ladies lacking in the height department it is very tempting to choose a shoe with a platform to give the illusion of a taller stature. The problem with this is that a platform will raise your centre of gravity and decrease stability; and decreased stability equals higher likelihood of falls.

Stay away from narrow toe shoes:

A narrow toed shoe can open you up to the risk of developing all sorts of nasty problems. Blisters, corns and various forefoot problems- ouch! After all, let’s be honest… we all know that no normal foot is naturally that shape so let’s stop trying to squish and force it into that pointy shaped shoe shall we?


Save yourself the needless pain and instead, try to use some of these tips when you are shopping for your races footwear! After all, by looking after your feet you can enjoy your day at the races classy, comfortable and callous-free!

We suggest brands like Bared and Frankie 4 – they have some gorgeous styles at the moment and are less likely to hurt your feet!


P.S. If despite all of this, you still choose to wear your sky scraper stilettos to the races there is one last thing we recommend. Add a pair of Jiffies or Scholl Party Feet Ballet Flats to the secret stash of goodies in your clutch. That way when you decide to give up on the shoes half way through the day, rather than going around bare foot, at least you will have something to wear to protect your feet.