No matter how much you love high heels, you probably have a love/hate relationship with them. What does this mean? You probably pick out your favorite heels to wear with an outfit knowing full well that three hours into wearing them, you’re going to feel like your feet are going to fall off. Heels can totally suck, but thankfully, there are little ways to make them suck way less. They look so pretty and they go well with so many things–why do they suck so much to walk in, stand in, go up stairs in, do pretty much anything except look cute when you’re sitting down in them?
Even if you always wear sneakers, chances are, you probably own at least one pair of heels and they’re just sort of sitting there because you haven’t figured out how to turn them from torture devices into shoes you actually enjoy wearing. This is not to say that these pro-tips are going to make heels like walking on a cloud – high heels are still high heels – but this might make them slightly more comfortable. No more carrying emergency flats or worse, walking around barefoot with your heels in your hand. Not knowing how to walk in heels or faltering can be totally embarrassing, so save yourself from that kind of anxiety and take it from us: these are nine pro-tips that are sure to make high heels suck less than they already do.
Get Picky About How Your Shoe FitsNo pinching or slipping, you have to be totally in there. With sneakers and flats, it's easier to cope with something being too wide or your toes being squished because you'll "wear them out" right? Not the case with heels. You're only going to get so much wiggle room out of them. Heels don't stretch like boots or canvas shoes. You aren't being too picky if you feel like your heels don't fit you right - they probably don't! Find a pair that actually, truly fits you. I swear ill fitting heels are 90 percent of what makes heels suck for most people.Source: iStock
Break Them In With A Sock And HairdryerIf you haven't heard of this hack already, allow me to change your life forever. If you want to break in heels, or any shoe for that matter, wear a sock, put the shoe on, and direct your blow dryer at the areas that pinch or hurt you. You get all the benefits of wearing out your shoes without having to trudge around in them forever and getting blisters. Who knew?Source: iStock
Walk Around With Them Outside To Scuff Up The Soles So You Don't Slip LaterYou could be totally comfortable in heels, but if they're brand new, the bottoms of your shoes are going to be slick and you're probably going to slip and fall because there's no traction. Slip them on and scuff up the bottoms of your heels on the sidewalk so when you're walking around with them, in life, you'll have some traction instead of wiping out. That way you can focus on surviving in heels instead of worrying about falling down constantly.Source: iStock
Fix Your PostureYour posture directly affects how you distribute your weight on top of your feet, which relates to how you're going to fare in heels especially since we don't all normally walk around exclusively on the balls of our feet. So, if you want real relief fast, fix your posture. Standing up straight with your spine aligned is going to put the center of your weight in the middle of your feet instead of too forward or too far back. You'll feel a difference almost immediately.Source: iStock
Squeeze In A Practice RunUnless you wear high heels every day of your life, you're going to need a warm up. For beginners, part of why heels suck so much is that you have to get used to them all over again every time you wear them. This goes double if you're still breaking them in. So, pop them on when you're hanging out at your house so you get used to stairs, walking on different kinds of flooring, and so you build up an endurance in hopes of maybe surviving a whole night in heels. The sky's the limit, really.Source: iStock
Grab Breaks When You CanNo shame in having to hit pause! No one feels totally comfortable all day in heels. When you can, pop your foot out, stretch it, and put it back in. Sit down if you feel like you can't stand anymore. Uber somewhere if your friends want to walk 15 minutes and you know you're not going to make it that long. Do what you have to do and grab a break when you can.Source: iStock
How You Walk MattersIt's totally different than how you regularly walk. You're technically supposed to walk "heel first" but if you aren't used to it, you might put your weight too far back and fall down (the heel end of your heels isn't exactly the most supportive part of your shoes). You're going to want to walk with your whole foot ideally making contact at the same time (without clomping around like a horse). Having an even-weighted stride is going to stop you from buckling backwards or making it worse for the balls of your feet.Source: iStock
Pay Attention To What Kind Of Feet You HaveHeels are going to feel different if you have narrow feet, flat feet, or a really high arch. Not every heel hack is going to work for everybody and not every pair of heel is going to fit the same for two friends even if you're both technically the same size. Buy heels that work with your foot, not against it. What do you need in a shoe for it to not suck? Then, try to find something similar in your high heels. Your feet effect everything from how you walk and stand to what kind of shoes you buy.Source: iStock
Stick A Pantyliner In There For Padding And Anti-Slip ProtectionWe mentioned this in another article, but menstrual pads are really great at making high heels suck less. They also absorb sweat, too! No more slipping and sliding around with your sweaty feet. The added cushioning and slip protection are going to take away a lot of your anxiety about lasting all day in heels. And unless you take your heels off and wave them around, who's going to know?Source: iStock
Do you use any of these hacks already? Do you have some pro-tips of your own to share? Or are you totally anti-heels no matter what? Let us know in the comments!
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