That pain that you feel at the end of a long night; no, it’s not a hangover and it’s not exhaustion. I am talking about something worse the pain that’s caused by a seemingly evil and malicious pair of high heels. It’s the age old question asked by every shoe-loving woman at one point or another: How to wear high heels without pain. Is it even possible? Well, with the right techniques, you could certainly wear your favourite pair of heels with ease! Read on to know the tips:
THE THICKER THE HEELS THE BETTER
Avoid thin heels, the stilettos. They cause your foot to wobble around. Sometimes, the dress is just going to call for a stiletto, as long as it’s something that’s occasional. If you’re wearing stilettos everyday, you might want to consider a chunkier heel style and change it up a bit.
GET OVER-THE-COUNTER SHOE INSERTS
One thing to try are the over-the-coutner products that market themselves for high heels. They are called metatarsal or ball of the foot pads. They are oval-shaped pads that go under the ball of the foot, usually made from a silicone gel. They combat soreness under the ball of the foot. Especially if it’s made of silicone, it will hold your foot more steady in the shoe so your feet aren’t sliding forward as much, which will protect your toes from friction and blisters.
WEAR THE RIGHT SIZE
Feet have a tendency to swell when you’re wearing shoes for an extended period of time. If heels are extra snug to begin with, then you’ll surely be in trouble after a few hours of wear. That last thing you want are ingrown toe nails or bunions.
LEAD WITH YOUR THIGHS
When you walk, lead with your thighs, moving your entire leg forward at once. Think about it; You’re probably used to letting your feet lead, right? It takes practice, but you’ll find yourself putting less pressure on the ball of your foot this way. And remember- Move your legs from the hips and keep your legs straight. Bending knees look goofy with heels.
AVOID THIN SOLES
Thin soles will almost always give you pain on the bottom of your foot. You want a thicker sole or a little bit of a platform, which will offset some of the pressure when you’re walking. A rubbery kind of material will absorb that pressure.