How to wear high heels without feeling pain

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Just how much is the price we pay for fashion? Oftentimes the price is two sore feet at the end of a long day in high heels. Like many women, high heels are worn to complete an outfit, make legs appear longer and leaner, and to give a little sass to our step. To avoid foot and leg pain, follow these steps when wearing high heels.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • High heels with enough room through the toes and ball of foot
  • Gel inserts for the ball of foot
  • A pair of comfortable flats (just in case)

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Instructions

    Preparing to Wear Heels

  1. 1

    When purchasing high heels, be sure that they give enough room in the front of the shoe to not cramp your foot. Shop for heels in the afternoon, when your feet are a little swollen from being on them a few hours.

  2. 2

    Look for a shoe with ample padding in the soles.

  3. 3

    Purchase and insert a pair of gel pads in the front of each shoe. Again, be sure you still have ample space at the front of the shoe so that toes are not cramped.

    Wearing Your High Heels

  1. 1

    Before wearing your high heels, make sure that toenails are trimmed enough to not push against the front of the shoe. This is an important step, as your feet will slide forward during the time your feet are in the shoe, and long toenails can leave to harmful and even bruised toes.

  2. 2

    When wearing your high heels, keep good posture. Standing up straight will give you better balance and prevent awkward strain to your legs and feet.

  3. 3

    When there is a chance, take a seat. If you are wearing heels for hours on end, it's important to give feet a rest and take weight off the ball of your foot. Wiggle your toes while you sit, and rotate your ankles.

  4. 4

    If you've followed every instruction, your feet may be feeling fine. There is always the chance, however, that no tips can do the trick and your feet will simply hurt after hours in high heels. In this situation, pull out those emergency flats and slip them on. Toss your heels in your bag or car and breath a sigh of relief now that you've come down off those shoes.

  5. 5

    Upon arriving home, take shoes off immediately. If they are hurting, soak in warm water and elevate on a stack of pillows.

Tips and warnings

  • Beware of wearing heels the day after a night of drinking alcohol. Alcohol tends to make us swell, and your once-comfortable shoes may feel too snug if you've had a few drinks.

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