How To Make High Heels More Comfortable
We’ve all been there. You walk past your favorite shoe store and there in the front window is the most adorable pair of high heels shoes on the planet. You had no intention of buying shoes that day, but this pair you simply must have. A few minutes later you’re walking out with these must-have shoes.
The following morning you put your new shoes on and head off to work. All is right with the world. Fast forward to the end of your working day and you are ready to fling those shoes from hell because your feet are absolutely killing you. The walk to the car is miserable and you just can’t wait to get home so you can relegate your new shoes to the dungeon of your shoe collection.
Sadly, this is a scenario women all over the world relive all too frequently. It’s also the most likely reason why women tend to have so many pairs of shoes. Sure, there will always be favorites, but how many pairs of shoes in the collection sit there for months on end because they just weren’t comfortable.
Before you spring clean your wardrobe and throw out all those uncomfortable shoes, you can make your high heels more comfortable with these great tricks.
Focus On Your Gait
Walking in high heels is a combination of skill, determination and poise. It also takes a whole lot of focus on each step you take. Pay attention to how your body is moving. Engage those abs and put one foot in front of the other, heel to toe. Yes, we all know how to walk in sneakers or flatties, but with heels, you simply need to be careful. Once you find a comfortable stride you’ll really be rocking the heels.
Break Those Heels In A Little
Your cousin’s wedding is not the time to wear new high heels for the first time. Most weddings start early in the day with family gathering, then the ceremony before you party all night. You don’t want to be getting used to new shoes on such a day. Wear your new high heels around the house a few times before a big day or even wear them for shorter occasions first. Breaking them in will help you get accustomed to your new heels and make them a lot more comfortable.
Another good use for a moleskin lining is as a buffer against all sorts of foot problems like blisters, corns and calluses. You can cut a piece from the roll of moleskin to size and place it against the trouble spot for instant relief.
Get A Silver Lining For Your Shoes
Technically speaking, we’re not talking about a literal silver lining but a moleskin lining. This is actually a brushed cotton lining that has an adhesive backing so you can cut them to size and insert them in your high heel shoes. This lining will add a little cushiony comfort to your high heels, prevent friction and blistering so you will get instant comfort. It may not be an actual silver lining, but it will definitely feel like one.
Add Some Padding
Walk into any pharmacy or footwear retailer and you’ll be able to find pads for shoes. These pads, or insoles as they are more commonly known, come in a variety of types and all of them have been designed to add an extra layer of comfort to your shoes. When it comes to high heels, there are specialized gel type pads that are thin and barely noticeable. What they will do, is prevent that burning sensation you often feel when you’ve been wearing high heels for several hours.
Sometimes when you’re wearing heels, you feel most of the pain in your heel or that part of the heel that is just under your ankle. This is the most common area blisters will rear their ugly heads because of the friction of your heel rubbing against the back of the shoe. In addition to cushioned or gel insoles for your shoes, you can also add heel pads to protect your tender tootsies from blisters.
Tape Your Toes
As weird as it sounds, taping your toes together will actually take a lot of the pressure off the balls of your feet making your high heels a little more comfortable. Many professional dancers have adopted this little trick of taping together the third and fourth toes before they put on their dancing shoes and it seems the same little trick works for those who regularly wear high heels.
Put An Anti-Blister Stick In Your Makeup Bag
Before you head out the door to work or play you’re probably already in the habit of packing a few makeup essentials in case you need a touch-up. Throw in an anti-blister stick as well. This is a lot more convenient than carting around anti-blister plasters which can bunch up and cause even more irritation. An anti-blister stick is virtually invisible when applied over trouble spots, but it lubricates these areas to prevent blisters from occurring. Keep one in your bag at all times so you can touch up your feet, when you visit the restrooms.
Avoid Cheap High Heels
High heels are never really going to be all that comfortable and they will absolutely destroy your feet if you buy the wrong ones. Sure, those heels at the discount store may look awesome, but cheap shoes are usually made from cheap materials that will feel stiff and unnatural. Invest in good quality, comfortable high heels. These are made from better materials like natural leather or other breathable materials that will prevent your feet from overheating and becoming sweaty. This is usually the starting point for friction and irritation which causes most foot problems. It’s also worth noting that more attention is given to the manufacturing process as well. The end result is a better quality, more comfortable pair of heels that you will actually enjoy wearing.