Is a higher heel always better?
Many women would agree, while others prefer trendy sneakers, low booties, flats, and the likes.
A higher heel doesn’t always have to mean a more appealing and fashionable shoe, although there is something about the way that heels make you feel when you throw them on.
Whether it’s to conquer your busy workday, impress your significant other or top your outfit off with some height and flair, nothing compares to how a heel looks and feels.
Whether or not you’re a fan of stilettos, you may find yourself wearing them at one point or another, so stay tuned on our advice for how to make wearing heels easier and comfier.
How to Make Heels Less Painful
Beauty is pain… but not that much pain!
Bloody calluses, sore arches and achy heels can lead to even worse health issues with your calves, knees, back and posture.
Enduring the pain of heels may make you seem stronger, but it’s sure weakening all of your joints if you’re not wearing them properly.
Next time you’re out on the town with your friends in your favorite stilettos, they’re bound to be much more bearable with these easy tips:
Get the Size that Feels Best
Not all heels are made equal and when certain styles are in the question, you should typically size up or down, depending on how the shoe feels.
If you’re buying pointy heels, you may want to consider sizing up. However, if you’re buying sandals, you may need to size down.
The shoe should perfectly fit on your foot where it’s not too tight and not too loose.
There should be enough space between your big toe and the end of the shoe to feel comfortable, yet secure.
Keep in mind, certain materials stretch more or less than others, so staying true to size may be your answer when you’re unsure of which size to go with.
Stretch Them Out, Break Them IN!
There are a few ways to break your new heels in:
Wear them around the house for a few hours per day,
- Use shoe stretchers, or
- Stick a bag of water in your shoe while it’s in the freezer overnight. The bag of water will freeze and cause your shoe to automatically stretch on its own.
No matter what way you prefer to break your heels in, make sure you do it before wearing them all night long for the very first time.
Shoot for Leather
Some materials stretch more than others and when you’re purchasing a new pair of heels, you should stick to leather.
Leather is better for heels and unlike synthetic materials, leather will naturally stretch over time. Keep this in mind when you’re choosing a size that fits best to avoid sizing up too much.
Straps & Buckles
Heels with buckles and straps will make your feet feel cozier by avoiding the rubbing and irritation that cause uncomfortable blisters.
Chunky Block Heels
Chunky heels have been trending for a couple years now and we’re loving it because they’re chic and comfy! Chunkier heels distribute your weight more evenly, causing less pressure on the balls of your feet.
In-Sole Cushions Save Lives
You’ve either tried this when you first started wearing heels or are just hearing about it for the first time. The antiquated idea of in-sole cushions is still around because they truly work! When your soles are insulated and supported while wearing heels, it’s easier to stay on your feet for longer.
Deodorant Prevents Blisters
Deodorant has various uses and one of them happens to be chafing prevention.
Use transparent deodorant beneath any straps or on the backs of your ankles in order to prevent chafing and painful blisters. The antiperspirant will help your foot glide instead of rub, so don’t use too much!
Know How to Properly Walk in Them
Walking in heels isn’t the same as walking in tennis shoes. When you walk in stilettos, you have to keep your shoulders up, head high and back straight, in order to prevent any discomfort on your joints and muscles.
Use your core to help with your posture and make sure that you’re using your entire foot to walk. Some women have a tendency to linger on their tip-toes rather than support their entire weight with their ankle and heel as well.
Don’t Stand All Night
Whether you’re constantly or occasionally in heels, you should take a break when you’re uncomfortable. If it’s an all-day event, swap out your heels for something shorter or flatter. However, if you’re only wearing heels for a couple hours, sit when you need to in order to avoid any discomfort.
Platforms Make Walking Easier
Platform heels make walking easier because your body weight is better distributed from the heel to the balls of your feet. It sounds backwards, but the higher the platform, the more comfortable that the shoe is to walk in.
Tape Your Toes
We’ve saved the oddest for last, but we assure you that it works. If you’ve tried everything and just can’t seem to last in your heels anymore, try taping your third and fourth toes together. Taping these toes together will help alleviate the pain that stems from the nerve around that area. Be sure to remember that this tip won’t work for any sandals or peep-toe heels!
How to Last All Day in Heels
While we can’t teach you how to walk in high heels, our other tips are bound to make your favorite stilettos much comfier. Stop settling for painful heels and opt out for chunky booties or platforms! If you’re not interested in that, then invest in deodorant or in-soles to make your pumps more tolerable.
There are various ways to make lasting in heels much easier and comfier, and we’d love to hear your feedback on our advice!
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