High heels are great for completing an outfit and dressing up your look. But the inevitable pain that follows two hours after putting our heels on makes us swear we will never do that to our feet again—and then we do, and so the cycle continues. But the high heels in your closet don’t have to be your enemy; there are ways to stop the pain! Try out some of these tips to heal your feet.
1. Make sure your shoe fits.
The most important thing to combat high heel pain is to make sure that the fabulous stilettos you are wearing actually fit you. Don’t buy shoes that don’t quite fit just because they are cute. Don’t buy a shoe where your foot is too loose or too tight in them–this will only cause discomfort when you wear them. No shoe–no matter how cute–is worth excessive pain and potential foot damage later in life. If you really like a pair of shoes that don’t fit you in the store, ask an associate to check a different location or to search online for them.
2. Invest in cushion inserts.
Believe it or not, the gel inserts you always see at the checkout counter actually do help your feet. When used in a shoe, they help to absorb the shock from walking and can relieve the stress and tension put on your bones and joints. You can put mini pads in your shoe where your pressure points are, or you can opt for one of the larger pads that protect your whole foot. Bonus: pads keep your feet from slipping in your exceptionally steep heels.
3. Stock up on blister pads just in case.
The number one thing I must always have in my purse when I wear heels are blister cushions. If you already have a blister before putting on your heels, just slap one of these things on and it will heal your blister and stay in place for a couple of days to cushion and protect it. Always keep some in your purse to be prepared for extra blisters that could arise.
4. Line your strappy shoes with cushioning.
Strappy shoes are elegant, but the straps can really tear up your skin if you’re not careful. Try using strips that go on the underside of your straps to keep them from rubbing existing blisters, creating new blisters, or leaving red marks. They’re super easy to trim so that you can fit them underneath your thinnest straps.
5. Stretch out your shoes before wearing them.
A shoe stretcher is a helpful tool to use to help with breaking in your shoes before you wear them out. Slip these into your tight-fitting pumps and set it to the right width to slightly stretch out the shoes. Leave the stretcher in your shoes for a few hours and let them work their magic so they’ll be comfortable and broken in when you are ready to wear them.
One, or all, of these tips are sure to get you back on your adorably-fashioned feet in no time!