I was too distracted by posting recent makeover images that I completely forgot to share yesterday’s Sunday Styling post. 🤦♀️
So here we are a day late! And I’m offering tips on how to wear high heels without pain. 👠
Heels are part of most women's lives, but there’s nothing worse than rocking an amazing outfit while wincing in pain because of throbbing feet.
It’s the age-old question for every shoe-loving woman : How the hell do I wear heels without the pain? Is it even possible, or are we relegated to a “grin and bear it” mentality in the name of looking fab and gaining a few inches in height?
Truth is you CAN continue to wear stylish shoes without paying the painful price with these few tips.
> Wear the right size. The number one mistake women make is not having the right shoe size for their foot. Believe it or not, your foot size changes over the years, even as much as one full size, especially after having kids - I myself went from a 7 to an 8. Have your feet measured when you’re buying shoes, for width and for length.
> Know your foot type. Shy of seeing a podiatrist, there’s a couple of ways to work out if you have a flat foot or a high-arch. Wet your foot and step onto a piece of construction paper. When you make an impression, it will show you how your foot flattens and how high of an arch you have, which can tell you a lot about what shoes you should be wearing and where specifically you carry the most weight.
> The thicker the heel, the better. If you’re wearing stilettos everyday, consider a chunkier heel style and change it up a bit.
> Thin soles will almost always give you pain on the bottom of your foot. A thicker sole or a little bit of a platform will offset some of the pressure when you’re walking. A rubbery material will absorb that pressure.
> Take breaks. Kick your shoes off throughout the day and stretch your ankles and toes.
> Do stretches that target the front of the foot and ankle, like pointing your toes down, and pulling your toes up with a strap to get the achilles tendon and the calf muscles, then side to side to stretch your instep and the outside of the foot.
> The more coverage you have on the top of your foot, the better. Sometimes high-heeled boots are actually something you can wear all day and they don’t bother your feet as much. In the summer, you can try something with an ankle strap or a big wide strap across the top. If you’re prone to blisters and friction, you might want to try that style, something that covers more of the top of your foot.
> Those over-the-counter metatarsal or ball of the foot pads, usually made from silicone gel, combat soreness under the ball of the foot. They also 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.