“How can you live a high life if you don’t wear high heels” – Sonia Rykiel
High heels will always be part of our staple fashion. And…yes we will still willing to suffer the pain to wear heels. The higher, The better.
High heels give illusion of longer and taller body. It elongates your legs and makes your calves look slender and slimmer. Not only that, High Heels is empowering and gives a confident boost. There’s something magical to feel gorgeous while strutting down the street with high heels.
Does it really worth the pain?
Like it or not, heels will always be part of our staple fashion. And…No. Us girls aren’t going to be ditching high heels. But why not make them more bearable and more comfortable?
Here’s 8 tips on how you can make your heels less painful :
1.Use gel insoles
Insoles is not only to help you fit the size, It also can prevent from your toes scrunching and also prevent blisters.
Opt for Gel Insoles for better cushions for your feet. Put a gel insole on the front of your shoes to cushion the ball of your feet and toes. You can also use insoles with arch shaping to keep pressure off your feet or if your toes are constantly sliding forward in your shoes, there’s even a cushion designed to hold the ball of your foot in place.
2.Change the way you walk
Take tips from the supermodels, Tyra Banks; posture is key while wearing high heels.
Keep your head and spine straight, as you walk, move your hips. Shift and lift your legs to the center with each and every step you take. Your pace should be light and flowy, Body weight must be on your body not centered on your feet.
Wearing your heels means your feet no longer form a 90 degree angle with your ankles, changing your gait will help you readjust your body’s center of gravity and help find your balance.
3.Take regular breaks
Rule of thumb should be, don’t wear heels more than two days in a row, give at least a day’s break in between.
Try soaking your feet and give some foot spa to maintain the health and make your skin smoother. I will share some DIY foot spa on different post. Stay Tune! ;)
4.Take Time Out
"Whenever and wherever you can, sit, sit, sit!" said ANTM's runwaqy couch, J.Alexander. There's no shame in taking a seat now and then. It'll give your feet a chance to rest so when you are on your feet, you'll be able to walk more comfortably.
While you sitting down at work or before going to bed after a long day, exercise your foot.
Sit down and straight your legs, turn your ankle like you’re writing letters A, B, C. Do five circles per foot. This helps loosen up and exercising your muscle.
6.Make sure your size fit
First and foremost, make sure your heels (or any shoe, for that matter) are the proper size. If they're too big, your foot will slide around awkwardly. Too small and your foot will feel cramped, which'll make walking a pain.
For the best fit, get your foot sized frequently. Your foot size changes over the years, even as much as one full size, especially after having kids. Have your feet sized once a year, and before you shop for shoes.
7.Stretch out your shoes
Go shoes shopping at the end of the day because your feet are more likely to be swollen from activity. Give maximum 0.3cm space between your heels and your feet. Consider the elasticity of the materials after several wearings.
If your heels are just too-tight, you can either take them to a cobbler and have them stretched or you can invest in a shoe stretcher. A shoe stretcher can actually cut down the time it takes to break in heels, especially if they’re brand new.
8.Better Quality for optimal comfort
Buy high quality shoes! It is an investment both on your money and health. Cheap shoes are poorly made and can be dangerous for your health.
So opt for good quality shoes that you can wear for longer time rather than cheap shoes. It do no good for your style either!