Ill fitting shoes can contribute to unstable gait, joint pain, bunions, hammertoes, corns, calluses, ankle sprains, ingrown toenails and even pinched nerves.
Problems arise when women choose shoes that “look good” rather than those that “feel good.” It’s more likely to occur if selecting shoes with heels higher than 2 inches or if the toe box is too small or too narrow. Doing that would lead to compression of the forefoot and might trigger some of the conditions mentioned above.
When looking for a dress shoe seek ones with a wide (preferably round) toe box and a 1 or 1.5 inch heel; better, yet, ones with arch support or a shock-absorbing heel cushion. That way you’ll be able to “stand” your shoes without them “killing you.”