Stiletto heels: how high is too high?

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Here at The Fashion Police, our general rule of thumb foot is that when it comes to high heels, the higher the better. And we’ll never say "no" to a bit of a platform either. But you have to draw the line somewhere, of course, and our question for you today, readers is: where do you draw that line?

Take these stilettos by dSquared2, for instance. That heel is 5.5" inches high, and while the correspondingly high platform means that you won’t be thrown off balance quite as much as you would without it, these will still give you a pretty good height boost, and cause people to ask how on earth you can walk in them all day long.

Could you walk in them? And, just as importantly, would you want to? What’s your limit when it comes to high heels? We tend to stop at around 4", but what about the rest of you?

32 Comments

  • May 30, 2008

    cmap

    Ooooh! Good question… I always say stop at 4″ lest you look like a streetwalker, but my absolute favorite green heels are 5.5″ with a platformed sole!! And I wear them EVERYWHERE! People are always wondering, and sometimes I do myself! I see them sitting there in the closet, and I think they look sooo uncomfy, but then I slip them on and they just pull my funky ethnic outfits together so well. And somehow they don’t bother me at all! I may slip them off at my earliest convenience at a friends house, or while riding in a car (it’s hard to sit in cars in stilletos), but in the end I always thank the stilleto saints for my beautiful heels… I am so torn when it comes to stilletos, really I am.

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  • May 30, 2008

    amelia

    Unfortunately I walk like a man in drag in heels. I buy them, but only to look at! Occasionally my sisters will borrow them (we are so lucky being the same size – wardrobes are constantly rotated!) and I can enjoy seeing my beautiful shoes on a real person. The highest heels I own are about 4″ so I guess that’d be my limit.

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  • May 30, 2008

    Whit

    Being a ballerina, I can walk in pretty much any heels, and I really love wearing them, the higher the better!
    However, being 5’11” if I wear heels over 4″ I’m taller than my boyfriend and I HATE that, so I guess 4″ is where I stop.

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  • May 30, 2008

    Adiel

    4″ is about tops for me, but 4 1/2″ is so close that I usually don’t mind. I have gotten wobbly in 4″ so maybe I shouldn’t even be wearing that…

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  • May 30, 2008

    Lee

    I’m going to have to agree with everyone else here. 4″ is where I draw the line. Anything else just seems very stripper-esque to me. And I like my 4 inchers with a bit of a platform on them too, makes them way more comfortable.
    What a great question!

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  • May 30, 2008

    Bee

    noo the higher the better. they won’t look like stripper shoes if worn witht he correct outfit and you can walk in them! i really like them…..*daydreams about the shoess*

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  • May 30, 2008

    Kiesha

    Must have those shoes now…..
    I love the look of heels, totally addicted. I say the higher the better, like Lee said, if worn with the right outfit you won’t look like a stripper. Also you won’t look like a stripper as long as your 5+ inch heels aren’t clear. šŸ™‚

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  • May 30, 2008

    Danielle

    My feet can barely stand 3.5″, so that’s about the line for me… I’m a ballroom dancer, so I try not to mangle my feet more than they already are.

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  • May 30, 2008

    Sophia

    FOUR INCHES! i would fall if i wore those dsquared shoes!

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  • May 30, 2008

    si

    Four inches is OK and four and a half is tolerable but five inches is only for going to a restaurant and sitting down. It depends what you are doing in the shoes, if the heel is very thick and solid it will be OK at five inches but if it is spindly it could kill you. šŸ™‚

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  • May 30, 2008

    Chica

    3 inches for work/anywhere involving a bit of walking, 4 inches for a tottery night out with alcohol to numb the inevitable pain and 4.5 for taxitorestaurantotaxi šŸ™‚ Any higher and I can’t walk – I can barely manage it in 4.5!

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  • May 30, 2008

    Ella

    I don’t think I own a pair higher than 4 inches. But WOULD I wear higher? Hell yeah! Being only 5 feet tall, I put my feet through a lot to be taller, but they can take it. šŸ˜‰

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  • May 31, 2008

    natasha

    wow, these look great!
    as for me, i’m quite comfortable in 4 inches. I’d wear higher, of course.

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  • May 31, 2008

    Nina

    My highest pair is 3,5″, but my comfortable height ends at 3″. There are days when I just can’t walk in heels at all. I know it’s the practice that makes you walk in any heel, yet still there aren’t too many occasions to get into my heels really. Or would you walk around the campus in peeptoes…?!

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  • May 31, 2008

    Amelia

    I have a pair of 6in heels but they don’t look stripperish. šŸ™‚ I think I stop at 4 for every day though….

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  • June 2, 2008

    amaris

    a discussion after my own heart…just spent the entire saturday evening and early sunday morn at my grad party in 3.5-4″ish stilleto heels, dancing…my feet are still feel like i’m walking on those heels hours later with 3 countable blisters…so i think i’ll never venture beyond 4″…EVER

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  • Too high. 4 inches is the max. 3-4 inches still look sexy. 5 inches is sexy but most woman look ridiculous walking in them. If you just sit there with them decorating your legs then that might be OK. Anything over 5 is just cartoonish. Stripper heels are not sexy.

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  • June 19, 2008

    Autumn

    I have 3″ heels that I only occasionally totter around in. My comfortable “heels” are 1 1/2″, I suppose anything under 3″ would be fine but if I wear higher than 3″ my hips self-dislocate (really!) which makes walking much more uncomfortable than just wearing the heels.

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  • January 28, 2009

    Jessica6

    I always wear heels.. all mine are 4″ to 5.5″. In fact, I get a sharp pain above my heel if I try to go much lower than 4″. So, I just always wear them.

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  • April 25, 2009

    kimberly

    im 5 ft one wish my feet didnt hurt by wearing tem wish i could. 5.5 that would make me 5 ft 5

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  • July 21, 2009

    Madison

    In my opinion, I think the higher the better and as Lee said, if worn with the right outfit you won’t look like a stripper.

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  • September 11, 2009

    Emily

    I have a pair of 5 inch heels – the Jessica Simpson “Parigi” pumps. Even with a 1 inch platform they are very difficult to walk any distance in. So sad too, becuase by my standards, they were expensive!! So sometimes I will wear them but I have to bring a different pair of shoes to change into whenever I have to do a bit of walking. Seems kind of ridiculous.

    I can handle 3.5 to 4 inch heels quite well.

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  • May 28, 2010

    Steph

    I just purchased 5 INCH HEELS! I thought I was crazy to buy them, and they were CRAZY expensive..but it was love at first sight! oh god! They are so beautiful!! I’m already 5’6 feet tall! is that crazy that I would wear these heels??! btw, they are NOT CLEAR, LOL..they are royal BLUEE!

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  • June 23, 2010

    Lilly

    I stop at the height that makes me have to duck through doorways. ;] And no, I’m not a stripper.

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  • June 25, 2010

    Elizabeth S.

    I just want to say that the absolute best invention ever is the Rollable Shoes

    I found these in Vegas and love them. They take up a bit of space in my purse, but if I don’t carry the tote bag it isn’t that bad and well worth it!

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  • August 5, 2010

    rebecca

    haha well im only 17, i dont even own heels less than 4″ i guess i just have a gift.

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  • August 10, 2011

    Alyssa

    i wear 5 inch heels every day im only 5’1″ so i feel like they dont make me look so short i look “normal” sized i walked around the university of Puerto Rico with them for 4 years and I got used to them. Now i wear them everyday to work. I got so used to them that when I put on my running shoes in the morning they feel funny.

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  • December 19, 2011

    Erin

    I’m 6 foot 2 and I just bought a pair of Vera Wang cheetah print 4 inchers for myself…I’m taking them home over the holidays and anticipating a lot of use out of them. I wouldn’t wear them to schools teaching and doing a lot of standing/walking (I have 1 inchers and 2 inchers for that…haven’t worn my flats in forever actually) but I LOVE HEELS even with how tall I am! I can’t wait to wear these puppies out…haven’t had a chance yet šŸ™‚

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  • January 6, 2013

    Marina Schulz

    Lol! My mom doesn’t let me wear heels (I’m 16) so when I could I went out with a friend to a mall and got some. Long story short, my first ever pair of stilettos are 5″5, which means the one time I wore them I looked like a cowboy with my knees spread appart. I’m still going to learn to walk in them, but maybe try some platforms first, no?;)

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  • January 19, 2013

    Carlos Vidal

    Iā€™m a decided fetishist after my first youth, so Iā€™m acustomed to wear heels in many times a dat when Iā€™m alone at home ( Inside the closet), my USA size is 11, my EU size is 43, and my China size is 44. Because my long practice I can drive easely up to 6ā€³ā€, but I normally buy 6.5ā€³ and 7ā€³ so I put inside a hidden slantig pad about 1/2ā€³ or 1ā€³, by this way I can walk and dance during hours without any pane or harm. I can do this because I live in a farm, with a relative blind person, so I can walk far away without problem by my farm paved trails and around my big house there.

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  • January 23, 2013

    ASHLY

    NICE SHOES AHNN I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE STELETTOS
    SPECIALLY IN BLACK AND GOLDEN CLR

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  • June 12, 2013

    wendy Brummer

    I wear five inch heels without a platform every day to an art gallery I work in. I have no problems with five invh heels as long as they fit perfectly. If I try 5.5 inch heels I can go about three hours before the pain gets too much, and I have some six inch heels with a small platform that are super painful after an hour but I wear them when I want to look really great for a date or evening out. I try not to walk far or stand in them very long as the pain in the balls of my feet and my toes getting squished is beyond painful… wendy

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