Wearing shoes that are comfortable and fashionable is not a lofty goal. Try going up a size and adding supports. Resist falling prey to a great sale but the wrong size. Take care of your feet or do the rest of us a favor and cover up if you don't have the time.
I see many high heel-created foot problems that go on to surgery. Bunionplasty from high heels are common. I can tell you that getting your feet strong is the first step at putting off or preventing a high heel foot makeover.
While cobblestone streets look amazing, they are a challenge to walk on -- especially when wearing skyscraper heels. Combine high heels, difficult foot terrain and nightlife traffic (with partying) -- there are bound to be some falling women.
Although I am not quite five feet tall, I almost never wear shoes with high heels, although I strangely have 10 pairs in my closet gathering dust. As an experiment, I decided to wear heels for a week to see how I would survive.
My legs looked ah-mazing. I could walk. Kinda. I towered over the gorgeous Lenny Kravitz-lookalike shoe salesman. My legs looked great, six inches was the only heel available and I was there to spend. Maybe shoes aren't really for mobility. I got them all.
The midfoot arch is particularly susceptible to injury when wearing high heels. The foot is not designed to function in this position, so when one trips or falls in high heels there can be excessive force placed on the midfoot, causing it to break or dislocate.