How to… Make High Heels More Comfortable

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With aches, corns, blisters, muscle spasms, calluses, bunions and just general pain, heels can be one heck of mood spoiler. I’ve had many problem with heels (my lowest point was being carried, baby-style, by my friend to the cab stand because my heels hurt so much), so I’ve learned some tips and tricks.

First, it goes without saying, but it’s important you find a pair of heels that actually fit. Picking out the right shoe is vital, as this info-graph shows all the possible health concerns when wearing high heels, especially those that are too high and tight.

If you can, avoid pointed shoes. They squeeze your toes together and can create bunions and injuries such as Morton’s Neuroma. Avoid kitten heels where the heel is very thin – this puts great pressure to your knees and the ball of your feet. A good way to see if your toes have enough room is that you should be able to wiggle your toes without problems.

Also, buy shoes at the end of the day, as your feet usually expand throughout the day. The ideal heel height is 1-1.5 inches; which still gives you a bit of height with total comfort.

And here’s how to make high heels more comfortable:

  • Cushion up. Many high heels don’t offer any padding. It doesn’t mean you have to suffer though; there are many gel pads and cushions inserts available today. Dr. Scholl’s make excellent ones and are a must have.
  • Season them. If you bought new shoes for this new season, wear them around the house a bit to ‘loosen’ them up a bit. I’m sure everyone can relate to wearing new shoes the very same day of buying them and having painful blisters.
  • Take baby steps. When walking in your heels, take smaller steps so there is less pressure on your foot. Long strides create extra weight each time you take a step, which speeds up the chances of aches and pains. And please, no running in heels… ever.
  • Try this tape trick. Here’s a high heel trick from the supermodels! When wearing high heels, tape your 3rd and 4th toe together with medical tape. This will allow the front of your feet to “fit” better in your shoes (no more painful toes!) as well as balance the front of your foot out for steadier walking. Try it!
  • Get some backup. When going out for a long night, it’s always best to bring some backup flats. Bring a pair of flip-flops or your favorite sneakers in your bag. This is also done by many celebrities who have to walk the red carpet.
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  • Maria

    “I’m sure everyone can relate to wearing new shoes the very same day of buying them and having painful blisters.” I had to take a moment of silence for my poor feet.

    I was one of those who would wear heels all the time and brave through pain because “beauty is pain” (cliche, and so wrong I must say) and I regret it so much now. Over time, areas that tend to get blistered/are worn too tight, developed “bumps” as skin builds up in bid to provide better cushion and they will probably never go away. Lesson learnt!! It’s very true when you mention the need to limit heel-wearing time. Nowadays I just trot around in comfy flats and save elevation only for special occasions.

    Speaking of flats, I remember roll-up flats being a bit of a fad a while back. I reckon it would be a great idea to have one in every bag regardless of a party or not. You never know when a shoe would give up on you 😡

    And thank you for the tape trick! It’s the first I’ve heard of it, but it definitely makes sense in my head. I’m gonna save that somewhere too… 😉 xo

    • Renee / Beautifille

      Hahaha! “I had to take a moment of silence”.

      Those roll-up flats are good in theory but I also know that shoes without any arch support is also just as bad for your feet – sigh! But yeah, that’s a good idea but maybe add in an arch support? I know they have arch support pads.

      And my pleasure! Let me know how the tape trick works – models have been doing it for ages I hear!

      • Maria

        Oh yes definitely, that would work better. But for emergencies I guess we can’t complain hehee..

        I’m waiting for an occasion to try that trick. It really sounds interesting!

  • nayla

    I havent worn heels in yearrs. i stopped in uni cuz i didnt have GOOD friends to go out with. i’d go out once in a whilllleeee. and once u stop for a few months or even weeks, its hard to get back into it and so i just stopped all together. psh. and i used to be able to run in heels once T_T once you wear them often as i USED to, like before going to university i was on a break year, before my break year i’d wear heels every other night or on the weekends but during my break year i’d wear them allll the time. and they didnt hurt a lot. they made my legs and butt look fantastic and i could wear them for long long hours. it IS bad for you but i got really used to it and it helped tone my muscles.

    off topic, speaking of flats, they hurt so much when they’re absolutely flat. i think im gonna try using Dr. Scholl’s gel pads on actual flats when i get to buy them next because honestly, flat flats having no arch is actually bad for your feet. it’s not good. feet are supposedly supposed to have a good arch in the inner area (i hope u know what i mean)
    and a friend of mine has absolutely flat soles n it gives her a lot of trouble to walk a lot now. YES, flats look great and are so comfy but sneakers have that wonderful little arch inside the shoe that helps your feet be comfortable.

    • Renee / Beautifille

      Ah yes, I just wrote about flats below to Maria! Yep, too flat flats (does that make sense?!) with no arch support is just as bad. I know my mom at one point had issues with that and had to get custom designed arch support for all shoes she wore!

      The perfect high height, as mentioned above, is 1-1.5 inches, unfortunately most people don’t think “heels” that short can be sexy but I have many that are around that height and they look just as good as skyscraper heels, and I never have to worry about falling down and/or having issues with my feet. Maybe I should do a shopping post on low high heels? Because there are some seriously beautiful ones out there now!