If I had $790 to spare and an extremely high pain tolerance, I'd be all over these Prada jeweled chain T-strap sandals.
Most days I'm a flats girl. A flat or a low heel lets me trek around the city and sprint after buses pulling away from the curb with relative ease, keeping my feet happy from my morning commute until I get home late at night post-salsa. Alas, the downside of wearing flats all the time is that when I do wear high heels I literally feel the pain.
Part of avoiding high-heel pain is choosing a pair of comfortable heels in the first place, and surreptitiously taking every available opportunity to stay off your feet. (If you've ever sat down after a long night of standing in stilettos you'll know what I'm talking about.) However, if neither of these are feasible options, there are tips and tricks flats-wearers can use to make high heels much more comfortable. These are some of the things that work for me. Enjoy!
- If you have the chance, wear brand new heels around the house for an afternoon. Not only will this help break them in, you'll notice minor nuisances (e.g. your feet sliding forward, blister points) before they become painful problems.
- Do the balls of your feet hurt after a little while? Invest in a pair of insoles. Try the shoes on with the insoles in them and make sure your toes don't feel overcrowded.
- Do your feet slide forward when you slip your shoes on, resulting in a gap between your heel and the back of the shoe? Try some heel liners. I prefer the gray Dr. Scholl's heel liners to the cushion-y clear gel ones because I find the glue on the backing to be better.
- Put anti-perspirant on your feet. Sweat and moisture create friction and lead to blisters. Band-Aid makes an anti-blister roll-on, but in my experience plain old anti-perspirant works just as brilliantly.
- Slip a Band-Aid or two in your purse just in case you experience problems with blisters or rubbing.
- Take smaller steps! I'm so used to speed-walking and taking big steps when I'm in flats, boots, or sneakers that I have to re-train myself and change my gait whenever I wear heels.
- Soak your feet in hot water, or better yet, draw a relaxing bath. Massage your tender tootsies.
- Wear flats, or at least a lower heel, the day after. Your feet will thank you.