You've bought an amazing dress, have the perfect purse and accessories, and now it's time to find a pair of pumps that will take your look from average to sensational!
You know that high heels are your best option but are nervous about wearing them, as it will be a long day. What are the ways to get around this problem?
We've got a few tips and tricks to share for how you can wear high heels, look amazing, AND stay comfortable!
The Healing Power of Heels
Let's be honest: who doesn't adore a gorgeous pair of stilettos? We love the way they look on our feet, and the squat-free instant lift it gives our derrière but (if we're honest) not how much our feet hurt after a few hours!
If you know you are going to have a long day ahead, it's best to look at other options. Wearing heels with a thicker heel will still get you the instant lift you crave, but your feet will probably be more thankful. Magic!
Thicker high heels might not work for all dress styles, so it's important to think about this before purchasing a dress. Try and go for a floor-length style where the front of your heel will be more noticeable than the heel - this way, you get the best of both worlds.
Limber Up Ladies!
If you have a pair of pumps you know will leave your feet a little sore, but can't resist wearing them, make sure you apply a little TLC to your feet after. A little massage and some stretching go a long way to helping your feet, making sure they aren't sore the next day.
Try a resistance band wrapped around the ball of your feet for a deeper stretch - it will loosen your Achilles tendon, releasing tightness in your arches.
Sneak In Some Sneaky Sneakers
If you're wearing heels to work, keep them in your bag and change into them when you arrive. This will ensure you take the stairs or walk to work as we often avoid these activities when we are wearing heels.
Better Get That Sole Sister!
Most of us will find we will feel the effect of wearing heels mostly in the soles of our feet. There are some great ways to lessen this by taking into consideration the thickness of the shoe sole.
The thin sole of many heels is what makes the balls of our feet hurt after wearing them. They provide little cushioning putting pressure in these areas. Platform heels are a great way to give a little cushioning, with the benefit of adding a little bit of extra height!
If you have a pair of thin-soled heels you can't bear not to wear, try adding silicone gel pads - not only do they provide cushioning, they also stop your feet moving around, leading to more stability and less strain.
Strut Your Stuff
We wear heels because we know they look fantastic and take our outfit to the next level, but there is a caveat - they won't automatically look fantastic - it's all in the walk.
The trick is to remember you are not wearing flats - don't put your whole foot down, take smaller steps, and keep the gap between your feet smaller, putting one foot almost in front of the other as you walk.
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