A great pair of heels can surely add a substantial amount of grace and elegance to a basic outfit and take a look straight from a 2 to a 10! But unfortunately, the price of wearing those heels for a long time can sometimes come at a cost to our feet!
Even though they say, “being stylish is being comfortable”, women sometimes need to step out of their comfort zone to add that extra oomph to their look! Therefore, we bring to you a list of things you can keep in mind for an easy and comfortable wear the next time you step into heels!
Pick the right size
Try and shop for your next pair of heels at the end of the day as by then, your feet are more swollen from a full day of activity. Since our feet tend to swell in heels, shopping at the end of the day will help you get a better idea of how your heels will truly fit. Also, walk around in your heels (in the store) before you buy them. If you feel like the heels are tight or uncomfortable in any way, you may want to choose another pair.
Try putting an insole /add inserts
Buy an insole for increased comfort across the whole length of your sole. You might want to buy these ahead of time or at the same time as the heels to make sure the shoes still fit properly with the inserts in. This will ensure extra cushioning for your feet.
Wear heels only at the time of the event
Always make sure to leave the house in flats. Put on your heels only when you are about to enter the event (dinner, lunch, party, etc). Also, once you leave, quickly step back into your flats. This significantly reduces the wear time providing your feet ample amount of rest!
Pick a pair with a gradual slope and thick heels
For longer wear, choose heels that do not have a very steep slope and comes down gradually towards the flatbed of the shoe. Also, choosing a thicker heel (block heel) will put less pressure on the heels as well as the toes of your feet by distributing the weight more evenly and allowing better balance.
Invest in quality heels
Choose high-quality brands or materials for extra comfort. Look out for genuine leather, solid rubber soles, sturdy heels that have well-constructed seams and joints. Wearing inferior quality heels can really take a toll on your feet and also affect your knees and back in the longer run. Please do not compromise on the quality of your shoes, whether it is heels or flats.
Keep your posture correct
Keep your core engaged, your shoulders back, and your head up. Your posture in heels requires more curves in your body, with your back slightly arched and your chest and pelvis pushed forward.
Relieve the pressure occasionally
Take a break from your heels every now and then while you’re wearing them. Try slipping off your heels while you’re sitting down, or even elevating or massaging your feet to bring circulation to them.Gently rotate your ankles and spread your toes apart under the table when you can to provide relief and prevent injury.