Being fashionable doesn’t have to be painful. Comfort can be found in wearing high heels as long as you follow some guidelines while wearing heels.
If you normally wear flats or sneakers, jumping into a pair of stilettos is going to be a challenge that you probably won’t be successful in. If you just have to wear those sexy shoes for an event, you are going to have to prepare yourself for the big night.
1. Prep Your Feet
Check out the condition of your feet. Book a pedicure at the salon to rid your feet of any callouses and dry skin. And a leg massage doesn’t hurt anyone. Then have your toenails professionally trimmed and painted.
2. Practice Makes Perfect
Start off practicing with a pair of 2″ heels. Learn how your balance is different wearing heels versus your regular running shoes. Practice going up and down the stairs while maintaining proper posture. Do your daily routine wearing the heels until you feel confident. Try to observe how you look in a full-length mirror doing things like sitting and standing up. Like they say, practicing makes perfect.
3. Size Matters
Make sure that the desired high heels you are going to wear are the correct size. Many women make the mistake of wearing the wrong size shoe. A properly fitting heel will leave about 1/2 ” from the end of the longest toe. Measure both feet when you are getting sized for your shoes. Go with the larger size. Another tip for buying the correct size shoe is to shop for high heels at the end of the day when your feet are swollen. Your shoe size can be different when you buy shoes early in the day.
4. Style Matters
Consider the style of the shoe you are purchasing. A thicker heel will give you better balance and will help to relieve some of the pressure on your feet by distributing your weight more evenly. You will still have the height which makes your legs look longer but adding the stability will make you more confident.
5. More Style Matters
Another style factor to consider is choosing a shoe with a more gradual slope from the heel to the ball of the foot. Avoiding too much weight on the front of your foot will make wearing the heel more comfortable. Choosing a platform-style shoe is another good choice to make.
6. Silicone Is Your Friend
And not just for breast augmentation! Add a cushion under the ball of your foot. Silicone shoe pads made especially for high heel wearers absorbs some of the shocks to the feet and add comfort to your heels.
7. Leg Stretches
Stretch your legs. Doing stretching of your calves will help to keep them from cramping while you are in heels. If you will be wearing high heels for longer than 3 hours at a time you will find this helpful.
8. Pretty Piggies
Consider purchasing an open-toe style high heel. Avoiding pressure on the toe area will keep you on your feet longer. This is why we also recommended the pedicure – show off those pretty piggies! Having your toenails painted actually boosts one confidence as well.
9. Non-Slip Grips
Add non-slip grips to the bottoms of your shoes. Not having to worry about slippery shoes will give you the extra added confidence in wearing your heels.
10. Bigger Is Better
Don’t wear heels that are too tight. Shoes should be snug. Don’t assume that shoes have to break in. Leather shoes will stretch a small amount, but if your shoes are too tight, they may cause blisters and sheer pain.