Fashion should never cause you discomfort or be painful, but that’s exactly what heels do. They're beautiful shoes that pinch your feet if you’re wearing the wrong style or if you’re wearing them the wrong way. Luckily, we don’t have to endure hours of pain anymore just to give ourselves better height and posture — yup, heels can make you stand taller and straighter.
While they will never be fully comfortable, there are a few tricks and alterations we can do to make them feel like we’re walking in flats and sneakers rather than sky-high pumps. So keep reading for our six tricks to making our favourite heels a breeze to walk in.
Gel inserts work wonders
Whether it’s to cushion the balls of your feet or prevent your ankles from blistering, transparent gel inserts are a heel must-have. Their soft texture will prevent the material of the shoe from rubbing up against your skin and will provide support to your feet.
Use transparent deodorant
Hate it when the straps or another part of your shoe chafes against your skin? You can forget all about that now because once you rub a little bit of transparent deodorant on these specific areas, your shoes will gently glide over your feet instead of rubbing or irritating them.
Go half a size up
Make sure your feet are properly measured when buying heels, then go half a size up. Since feet swell up, the extra wiggle room will perfectly house them in and not crush or pinch them.
Know which shape works with your feet
Do you have wide feet or narrow feet or flat feet? This will determine whether a certain heel style will work better or worse for you. For example, people with wide feet will feel more pain when wearing pointed shoes because the ends will compress their feet. Whatever your feet shape is, always properly fit the heel you’re buying so you don’t end up with a pair you’ll regret.
Break them in a day before
No excuses. Breaking in your heels at least a day before you plan on wearing them is crucial; you’ll be able to stretch them out a bit and give them flexibility, preventing them from irritating your feet.
Consider a chunkier heel
Everyone loves stilettos, but the thinness of the heel puts a lot of pressure on our feet. That’s why you should opt for chunkier heels to allow your weight to be evenly distributed and to create less pressure on your feet. Plus, chunky heels are having a moment right now so you better get on the trend before a new one takes over.