You’re no stranger to the scenario I am about to describe.
You got all glitz and glammed- maybe it’s a date night with your honey or maybe its a girls night on the town… either way, you were rocking your hottest heels….ready to own the night, only to end up hobbling your way back to the car.
What went wrong?
Your heels. Your heels went wrong.
I typically call shoes that have this effect, “sitting shoes”. If I’m sitting all night, sure break em’ out, but if I am on my feet… dancing? Nope.
We ladies have a love hate relationship with our high heel collection because truth be told it holds a lot of power. On one hand, our shoes can make us feel like J-lo ready to hit the dance floor… and on the flip side, those very same shoes can totally ruin our night (and our feet).
Now while high heels will never be as comfy as our Chucks or Nikes, and here’s no magic bullet-answer because everyone’s foot is arched and shaped differently, there are ways we can all try to make them comfortably-more-tolerable. #JustKeepinItReal 😉
Below are some tips and tricks to finding wearable-danceable-hot heels, that won’t have your dogsbarking quite as loudly at the end of the day (or night).
^^ These are my favorite heels by the way ^^
CHOOSING THE PERFECT HEEL
It probably goes without saying, but the more padding the better, which is why thick wedges will always be more comfortable than non-wedge heels– even if the wedge heel is taller than the non-wedge heel.
It’s all about placement and chunkiness. For comfort (and balance) you want the heels of your shoes a little chunky and planted directly centered below your own heel. Shoes with heels that are placed directly in the back of your heel is always t-r-o-u-b-le.
If you can slip into the shoe, you can likely slip out of it too– and that does not make for comfortable walking, my friend. When possible always look for a heel with some security on top– straps, buckles, lace ups– all win, win, win.
If your heel is not a wedge, doesn’t have a lot of support on the sole, or just need more support in general, gel inserts, foot petals or moleskin might be magic to your feet.
|Foot Petals, $8.99| HTP Gel Seats, $24.99 | Moleskin, $4.99
If you’re set on a pair of shoes that you already have or you need to take some extra steps to achieve your comfort, below are 3 awesome hacks you can try.
The first is my favorite!
“Tape your third and fourth toes (counting from the big toe) together—we recommend nude medical tape for a low-profile look, but Scotch tape works in a pinch—to alleviate pain in the ball of your foot. Sound crazy? Here’s the reasoning: there’s a nerve that splits between those two toes, which causes pain when pressure is put upon it (a.k.a. when you wear heels). The tape removes strain on the nerve, allowing you to dance the night away.”
Freeze And Stretch
If you have a pair of shoes that are a little too narrow in the front, fill a ziplock baggie with water, place the baggie in the toe of your shoe and then place your shoe in the freezer.
Sacrifice some height
A lot of people don’t know this, but often you can go to a local shoe shop and have them cut down up to 1 inch on your heel! Usually an inch is the max they can trim without messing with the arch and making it more uncomfortable but, an inch can definitely make a big difference in comfort.