When it comes to looking stylish, nothing beats a gorgeous pair of high heels. Heels make your legs look longer, your body looks slimmer, and your whole outfit just a little more polished.
If you feel powerful, beautiful and oh-so-tall wearing heels, but just can’t stand the pinching, rubbing and blistering anymore, try out these tips to feel more comfortable:
Concentrate on the way you walk
Walking in heels really is a science. A stroll in your trainers is not the same as spending the night in high heels – you need to pay way more to the rest of your body. Engage your abs and walk heel-to-toe to give your feet the best chance possible. “Regarding high heels in a professional environment, my “new view” (post-stress fracture) includes a higher level of respect for my feet coupled with the acknowledgement that, as a woman, wearing high heels should be a choice rather than an expectation,” – Carrie McConkey, Carrie M. Fashion Consulting.
Generally speaking, platform heels are more comfortable than heels without, so if you have an option – go for a platform every time. Platforms offer more support than heels, while still giving a boost to height. Plus, they are often considered to be more comfortable. A platform heel will usually come with a thick heel, and it’s extra beneficial if the style has padding in the insole & at the ball of your foot. The cushioning goes a long way in surviving those long hours on your feet.
Take an anti-blister stick everywhere you go
If your foot is very sensitive and prone to blisters, try using a transparent stick to lubricate any areas that would normally cause you problems. The handy thing about this is that you can pop it in your bag when you leave the house in case of an emergency.
Wear them in before stepping out
Before wearing them out, wear your heels in by pulling on a pair of thick socks and walking around your house in them for a few hours. This will stretch all the areas that otherwise might pinch your feet.
Choose a Wedge When Wearing Heels
Though a spiky heel might make you feel sexy, wedges are a much more comfortable choice. Wedges help you put your weight down across your whole foot, resulting in less strain. Wedges with an ankle strap are also less likely to move around. You’ll find these heels are the most comfortable since they allow you to move more naturally and freely.
Buy the right size
Yes! you read it correct. You might think it but obvious, but when’s the last time you got measured when you bought shoes? You should know that feet can grow larger as we get older (and pregnancy can result in longer or wider feet, too). That’s why it’s crucial to have your feet measured every time you buy shoes. Make sure there’s a thumb’s width between your longest toe and the front of the shoe, to give your toes room to move. For heels, this means you may need to go up a size to get a comfortable fit.
The quality of your heels plays a significant role in how comfortable they are. As the saying goes “Good materials make for happier feet”. Opting for higher-quality leather and breathable materials will help prevent your feet from getting too sweaty or blistered, just because it’s a super high-end brand, doesn’t always mean it’s of great materials, and paying attention to that and asking the salesperson the right questions can be really important and will make your feet more comfortable.
Pay attention to the thickness of the heel
Those ultra-skinny heels can look fantastic, but they unfortunately, don’t suit every single event or outfit. Also, skinny heels can be uncomfortable and hard to balance on. Thicker heels provide more support. The thicker the heel, the more comfortable it will usually be. More thickness gives you more stability and better balance, which helps with overall comfort.
The thickness of the sole matters too
The more shoe between the ball of your foot and the ground, the more comfortable you’ll likely feel while wearing them. There’s a lot of pressure on your foot when the only thing separating it from the ground is a thin sole (plus a non-slip pad, of course), but some of that is relieved when your foot is more cushioned like it is with a thicker sole.
Wearing heels for many days in a row can make your feet feel ravaged. To maintain some comfort, switch between heels and a flat pair of shoes. Although heels elongate your legs when you’re wearing a skirt, they are less important when you are wearing trousers, so give feet rest on those days.
Here are five easy tricks that will make wearing high heels pleasurable.
Pick the perfect fit
Reduce friction by lubricating your foot.
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