Fact: Every woman has a love-hate relationship with her heels.
When you’re getting ready for a night out you practically froth over how long and toned a pair of pumps can make your pipes look, right?
But, by the time you make your way to the second bar, said shoes can also make your feet feel like they’re bleeding from the inside out.
And since we’re not about to surrender our ‘fuck-off’ stilettos anytime soon, we’ve put together some useful tips and tricks to make wearing high heels hella comfortable. For reals.
When you’re shopping:
Opt for styles with ties or straps
Apart from looking chic AF, straps and ties are perfect for securing your feet while allowing for adjustments in case your feet start to swell, which leads us to our second point. If you’re not a fan of strappy shoes, simply go for a slightly bigger size with a little wiggle room for your toes.
Always shop at the end of the day
Thursday late nights just became your official shoe shopping time and the reason is pretty simple. Your feet are the smallest size when you first wake up but as you start to walk around your feet have more blood circulating through them and they slowly expand. By the time you’re heading out for the night your feet have reached maximum-swell.
So, when it comes to shopping, it makes total sense to hit the stores when your feet are already closest to the size they will be when you actually wear your heels.
Choose thicker heels or wedges
Chunky heels and wedges give you better stability than walking around in a pair of pin heels. When your feet are better supported, the muscles in your feet relax a little, minimising the risk of aching feet.
Pick shoes with your ideal heel height
‘WTF if my ideal heel height?!,’ you ask? Well, it's exactly what it sounds like: the optimum heel height for your body. To work it out, sit on a chair and hold your leg out straight. Then relax your foot and have a friend measure the horizontal distance between the part of your heel which is lowest to the floor, and where the ball of your foot starts to bend. Click here for more info.
Splurge on quality
Leather and suede are the materials of choice as they gradually mould to hug your feet unlike cheaper materials and synthetics which won’t ‘give’, causing rubbing and blisters. The thing with leather and suede is that they’re also kinda expensive. If you’re not keen to break the bank, make sure heels at least have leather soles.
Before you go out:
Break them in
Whether you’re doing the cleaning or chillaxing on the couch, wear your new heels as often as possible around the house before taking them out on the town to start breaking them in. No matter how trust-worthy your shoes seem, trust nothing. Looks can be deceiving.
Invest in shoe stretchers
If you don't have a set handy and you CBF to go out and buy a pair, fill a couple of snaplock backs with water, place them in your shoes and store them in the freezer overnight. This will have the same effect. But seriously, do this ON REPEAT and you're kinda tempting fate so don't be a tightarse and just buy some goddamn shoe stretchers, kay?
Tape your toes
Sounds weird but taping your third and fourth toe down from your big toe together with a bit of sticky tape makes a WORLD of difference. Basically there’s a pesky nerve in this part of your feet which is responsible for causing a lot of foot pain. By taping the suspect toes together you're effectively helping to even the load. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
Treat yo’self to a pair of gel inserts
While the small silicone pads hanging next to the chemist counter may seem a little exxy, they are worth their weight in gold. The jelly-like cushions stick to the inside of your shoe underneath the ball of your foot and offer much-needed support – preventing that jarring ‘clunky’ feeling when you walk.
Now you're fully equipped with all the ~WiSdOm~ for finding the perfect pair of heels, it would be rude not to exercise your mad skills with a good ol' shoe shop, riiiiiight? Right.