Highs heels — love them or hate them, they’re considered an essential in most wardrobes, particularly so for a professional working woman. Be it for a conservative office or an evening event, high heels can add a touch of glam.
But imagine having put together an amazing outfit, only to suffer from blisters and sore feet an hour after stepping out of the house.
Is it even possible to wear high heels without pain, or do we have to resign to grinning and bearing it for life just to look good? Turns out, there are a few things you can do to wear heels without having to pay the painful price:
If you’re just starting to wear heels more regularly, start off with two- or three-inch heels and then work your way up from there. It takes skill and practice getting used to balancing and walking well in heels, so give yourself some time to do so.
Go for Thicker Heels
Thin heels like stilettos cause your foot to wobble around. Yes, the outfit may call for a stiletto sometimes, but it’s fine as long as it’s not every day. Otherwise, you might want to consider a chunkier heel for the sake of your ankles.
Avoid Thin Soles — Choose Platforms
Thin soles are almost guaranteed to cause pain on the bottom of your feet. A thicker sole or a little platform helps to offset some of the pressure when you walk, and a rubbery material helps to absorb the pressure.
Invest in Gel Inserts
Silicone gel inserts can be absolute lifesavers as they function like cushion padding for your feet, combating soreness under the ball of your feet. Some can even cradle your feet and mould to their shape to bring you extra comfort.
Silicone also helps to hold your foot more securely in the shoe so that your feet won’t slide forward too much, thus protecting your feet from friction and blisters.
Shop in the Evening
Not a pretty picture, but our feet swell as the day progresses. Therefore, the best time to shop for shoes is at night. When buying heels in the day, consider going for half a size larger. Trust us — you will be grateful for this bit of wiggle space after wearing your heels for a full day.
Choose Material Wisely
Leather is arguably the best material for heels as it can stretch and breathe. This flexible material can thus grow and adapt to your feet. Plus, leather doesn’t trap perspiration as much as other materials like plastic.
Plastic is the complete opposite of leather. Not only is it inflexible (thus very likely to give you blisters real quick), it also traps heat and make your feet sweat more. Heat rash — not fun.
Look For More Coverage On Top
Some women are die-hard fans of boots, which they claim are much more comfortable. And they are not wrong. The top coverage protects your feet from blisters and friction, thus making them less painful to wear than strappy or peep-toe heels. Plus points if they’re leather (see above).
Perfect Your Walk
Walking correctly in heels can minimise friction and abrasion against your feet.
When in heels, imagine you’re walking down a straight line in front of you that divides your body in half. Look straight ahead and move your hips in sync with your legs. When walking, pressure should always be on the balls of your feet and not the heel. With practice, you’ll find yourself walking much more gracefully and minimising pressure on your feet!
Give Your Feet A Break
It can be torturous to be in heels the entire day. Whenever you can, kick off your shoes and stretch your feet, toes, and ankles. Do strategic stretches that will target the front of the foot and ankle, such as pointing your toes down, pulling your toes up with a strap to stretch the Achilles’ tendon and calf muscles, and side to side to reach the instep and outer foot.
What are some tips you have for pain prevention when wearing heels? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!