High heels are really attractive forms of footwear and have been fashionable since their debut. However, they can be uncomfortable if you wear them for a long time. And, they can really hurt your feet.
Although many people think that wearing heels means having to put up with the discomfort, this doesn’t need to be true. There are number of tricks that you can use to stay comfortable and enjoy your heels, looking beautiful and sophisticated.
In this article, we’ll tell you some of the most basic and effect tricks, which will help you to stay fashionable, with long and stylish legs. However, we recommend that you don’t use them too much, or wear heels that are too high, in case you develop health problems.
1. Don’t take off your heels because you’re tired
It might sound cruel, but the moment you take off your heels to rest for a few minutes, you’ll aggravate the pain. Once you take off your footwear, the inflammation will get worse, and although it’ll feel like it improves momentarily, once you put your shoes back on, the pain will be worse. This is because your feet won’t go in as easily as before.
2. Try out your new shoes beforehand
If you’re thinking of wearing new shoes, be careful, in particular with heels. If it’s for a party or some other event where you’re going to be on your feet or walking for a long time, it’s best that you try out heels first. Therefore, it’s recommended that you use them occasionally, and each time for a little longer, so that you get used to them.
This is especially more important if you’re someone who rarely uses heels. In this case, you’ll be sure to have many callouses, blisters, and cracks, and you’ll tire quickly. So you now know, try them out a few times, use them at home, and adjust them to your feet.
3. Make sure you’re using the correct size
Although it might seem obvious, often people make the mistake of wearing the wrong size shoe. Maybe it’s because the shoes that we really want are only available in a different size, or simply because we don’t know the correct size.
It’s really important that you find out the correct size for you, and this way you’ll avoid uncomfortable cuts and won’t end up throwing your heels to the back of your wardrobe.
To do this, try walking in them for a little while before buying them. You should be sure that your heel isn’t going to sleep out and that your toes aren’t too tight.
It’s really important to use the correct size to avoid future annoyance. Although they might be very pretty, don’t use shoes that are too small or too big.
4. Put them in the freezer to make them softer
Sometimes heels are made out of very hard materials that don’t adjust easily to the foot, and can cause cuts to your feet because of the friction. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, put them in the freezer with two bags of water inside.
You can also put a number of balls of slightly damps newspaper inside and leave them out of the wardrobe for a week before using them. This way, the material will be a little more flexible, adapt easier to your foot, and cause less friction.
5. Use orthopaedic insoles
Using orthopaedic insoles provides better support for your foot. Furthermore, they are a softer texture which is better for your soles. Because they’re cushioned they will also provide better comfort.
Generally, they’re recommend for cushioning your feet and reducing pain, particularly in the heel and metatarsals.
Equally, insoles will help prevent bunions and callouses, so we recommend you wear them with all your shoes, not just with your heels.
6. Opt for wider heels
Although they are quite sophisticated, classic stiletto heels tend to be a little unstable and uncomfortable, so if you’re not a professional when it comes to heels, it’s best you avoid them. Instead, opt for wider heels, which are much more stable and you won’t lost balance so easily.
7. Avoid rubbing by using moisturiser
Before using your heels, apply a good amount of moisturiser to your feet and also rub a little inside the shoes so that the material can soften a little. Let it dry completely and then put on your heels. Doing this will keep your skin hydrated and it won’t rub so much.
8. Be cautious!
If, despite all these tips, you don’t feel comfortable and your heels still hurt, then you’ve obviously come to the point where you need to drop the heels and return to flat shoes.
Therefore, try to carry a pair of comfortable shoes with you, especially if you need to rest after standing or walking for a long time.