Wearing high heels is definitely not for the faint-hearted. It takes a lot to wear high heels comfortably, without pain, and while looking fashionably glam at the same time.
And can you imagine dealing with sore ankles and painful arches on a daily basis? They don’t stop women from putting on their favorite pair of high heels, though. And no one can blame a heel-wearing woman if she wants to look fabulous. High heels can simply take a simple outfit to the next level. They can instantly upgrade your appearance too.
But you’d certainly want to prevent being in unbearable pain before you can even make it to any event. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure that you’re wearing your high heels in the proper manner.
- Choose a secure fit. First, shop at the end of the day, where your feet are more likely to be swollen from a whole day of activity. It would be sad to try your heels in the morning and get them too tight later during the day. Then, select a shoe with a high upper or straps to secure the fit. Consider trying a heeled sandal that has wide straps.
- Wear the high heels around the store. And if, in any way, you get the feeling that the heels feel too tight or uncomfortable, then please don’t buy them! This is how you effectively avoid bunions. If the back of the shoe’s rubbing your heel, you might develop a blister in the long run. So just don’t risk it. It also helps to try walking on various surfaces, as high heels feel different on grass, carpet, etc.
- Try block heels instead. New to wearing high heels? See first how you’d do with block heels. It’s normal to feel nervous if you’re wearing high heels for the first time. To give yourself time to adjust, you may opt for block heels for now.
- Choose the proper heel height. Ideally, your high heels won’t exceed 3 inches in height, otherwise they’d change the way you walk. They’d even put stress on your knees, ankle and lower back. For everyday wear, kitten heels are perfect. If you wear heels more than 5 or 6 inches in height, make sure you don’t wear them for more than a few hours.
- Stand up straight. When walking in heels, make sure to stand up straight. Balance is crucial when walking in heels, and you might end up on your knees or flat on your face without proper balance.
- Practice walking at home. Shoes that feel comfortable at first may not feel the same way after a couple hours, so it’s wise to wear your heels for as much as you can inside your house. You can still return shoes, after all, as long as you haven’t worn them outside of the house. Keep heels vertical to prevent potential injury.
Hopefully, you wouldn’t be daunted anymore to walk across the room in your highest heels!