Heels have long been hailed as the shoes to wear for fancy events, from parties to weddings to big meetings at the office, but let's face it - they're incredibly uncomfortable. While most of us have coveted a pair of strappy designer stilettos, we often pay the price for purchasing them when we're limping two hours into a night out on the town. The truth is, heels hurt so badly because they're horrible for our feet. Twisted ankles, plantar fasciitis, heel and arch pain and stress fractures along the balls of our feet are all par for the course when we wear these babies too frequently, but many of us endure the pain anyway. Heels may seem like they're the only acceptable shoes to don for a big event, but that's not the case. Next time you're looking for a pair of shoes that will look great with that little black dress but don't want to spend most of the night looking for the nearest seat, you might want to consider trying out a new look.