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10 Tricks For Wearing High Heels

Wearing high heels can be a pain, literally! Even after you have learned how to walk in high heels, sore ankles, achy arches and even blisters can be a part of the experience. The good news is there are tricks so that wearing heels can be more comfortable.

Make sure you are wearing the right size

When you wear high heels or any shoe for an extended period of time feet have a tendency to swell. If heels are extra snug to begin with, then swelling feet will cause discomfort along with ingrown toe nails or bunions. See the next tip on how to buy the right size.

Buy shoes at the end of the day

Make sure you are getting the right size shoe by doing your shoe shopping at the end of the day when your feet are more swollen. Shoes bought in the morning may not fit properly by the end of the day.

Shoe Stretcher

If you have a favorite pair of shoes that are just too tight at the end of the day, break them in with a high heel shoe stretcher, which will stretch out the width of those pumps.

Strappy shoes

You don’t have to give up your strappy shoes, just make sure you get a little extra support from straps and they will be more comfortable to walk in. Look for ballet slippers, Mary Janes, gladia

Look for a bit of a buffer

We all love the strappy, skinny stilettos, they may look like a dream but it is important to be realistic about where and how you will be wearing them. If the sole is thin it can cause pain for the bottom of your foot, only choose this type of shoe when you will be wearing them for a short period of time and little walking. Look for something a rubber sole on the toe of the shoe, or a bit of a platform to provide a bit of a buffer. My favorite pair of dancing shoes have a high heal and a cushy rubber sole under the front of the shoe. A platform can also reduce the incline of your foot, making things more comfortable all around. Be careful about tall platforms, they are difficult to walk in and can cause injury.

Add your own cushion

Don’t let your favorite pair of shoes sit in your closet because they are uncomfortable. Buy store-bought inserts and add a little extra cushion to your shoe. The extra pad on the ball of your foot can do wonders.

Change the way you walk

When you walk, move your entire leg forward at once. Most people lead with their feet, instead lead with your thighs. It might take a bit of practice, but you'll find yourself putting less pressure on the ball of your foot this way. Move your legs from the hips and keep your legs straight, bending your knees can look goofy with heels.

Take breaks

No matter what shoe you are wearing, being on your feet for an extended period of time will hurt no matter what. Heels can make this even worse, take turns standing and sitting over the course of a day/night, it can make all the difference.

Chose your heel wisely

Heel Width: A chunkier heel gives you a wider base of stability, the narrower the heel the more likely to have pain.

Heel Placement: Choose shoes with heels placed directly under the center of your foot's heel (left), not at the very back of the shoe (right)

Slippery shoes

New shoes can be slippery if the sole is smooth, so avoid a tumble by using a pair of scissor points to roughen up the sole so you won’t slip. Make sure that inevitable wobble doesn’t turn into a fall!

There are good reasons to wear high heels. High heels enhance almost any outfit, can make a woman look more assertive, heels can draw favorable attention, give the appearance of long lean legs, they are also an expression of personal style and they can make you feel even better about the way you look.

So the next time you need a little boost in confidence, throw on a pair of heels and conquer the world!

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