Wear heels without hurting
High heels elevate any outfit and are appropriate for most events. But we all know that pain at the end of the day sometimes even before you get to where you’re going. Whether your favorite pair of shoes is a gorgeous pair of black flats or some sneakers you still find yourself needing to wear heels at some point in time.
Here are a few tips you can add to your repertoire on how to wear heels without hurting.
- Wear the right size
This may sound like a very basic tip but some people do not wear the right heel size. When buying a shoe take into consideration feet tend to swell up as the day goes by. So if a heel is pretty snug when you’re buying it, chances are very high by the end of your day you might have blisters or bunions and we’re not about that.
- Use in sole silicone pads
Silicone pads are very essential especially if you’re wearing a shoe without a platform. The silicone pad will provide comfort. There’s various types of silicone pads you can get nowadays for the various high heel pain points. Invest in quality silicone pads.
- Invest in quality heels
Go for well-constructed shoes that have shock-absorbing material at the ball of the foot. Don’t buy those cheap shoes with wobbly heels. This will make you extremely uncomfortable and who knows the effect they may have on your back and legs. Just try and break the bank on your favorite pair of shoes, if you wear heels all the time. Don’t suffer on account of being frugal.
- Put a sock in it
Before you actually wear your heels out in public, stuff them with socks. On top of this wear your heels with socks a couple times in the house. This will help you stretch them out making them more comfortable. Some people will even put a Ziploc bag in their shoes and put them in the freezer just to break the shoe in. But if your shoe was expensive and you don’t want to take chances just put a sock in it.
- Start off with a lower or thicker platform
If you’re just starting out go for a thicker heel like wedges or chunky heels because they provide more support. You may be tempted to go for the stilettos but if you’re going to have a long day where you’re standing most of the time you may want to hold back. A shoe with a bit of platform at the front is way more comfortable. So if you’re going to be in your heels for a long time go for the platform.
- Take breaks
Standing for long times even in comfy sneakers can be tiresome. So even in heels it’s still uncomfortable, sit when you can. If you can even remove your heels and wear some flats around the office the better
- Shop in the afternoon
Buy your heels in the afternoon or at the end of the day when your feet are already swollen. Don’t just take the length of your foot into consideration but also width. If you have wide feet don’t force your feet into those pretty narrow heels, your feet will appreciate it.
- Tape your toes
Tape your third and fourth toe to reduce the pressure off the ball of the foot. Do not tape your toes too tight to avoid numbness which is another discomfort all together. Taping your toes reduces the pain of wearing heels.
Heels with straps are much more comfortable than heels without straps. The straps provide more support reducing the pressure off of the ball of your foot.
- Learn how to walk
Walking in heels requires a certain technique. You can’t walk in heels the same way you walk in your ballet flats or sneakers. When walking in heels try and place one leg in front of the other while walking. Always land using the heel of your shoe and work your way to the front while stepping. This reduces the pressure off the ball of your foot.
- Heel Placement
When buying the right heel don’t just go for style, always check where the heel is placed. Do not buy a heel with the heel placed directly at the back of the shoe buy one that’s more centered toward your heel. Especially if you’re buying the thin heeled stilettos.
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