Or at least as comfortable as possible.

For us who have been wearing heels for decades it might seem as easy as walking on flats (well, not quite, but easy enough nonetheless) and we probably have made all the mistakes possible and now know what works and doesn't work for us.

However, I know there are many women out there who either are new to high heels or have been having a love and hate relationship with them for several years.

Most of them complain about the same thing:

''The pain is unbearable. How can you walk on those. My legs/feet/back... can't handle it''

So I thought I would put my knowledge and experience to good use and write down a few tips and tricks on how to bend those heels so to speak, and make them as comfortable as they can possibly be.

But before we list some of the trick, this is the golden rule: STRETCH YOUR CALVES REGULARLY. Believe me when I say it and you will thank me in the future. I wore very high heels for many years, every day for long hours, I could walk, dance and run in them. No problem. Little I knew about the problems I might have in the future. Every physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, orthopedic I've met has confirmed it: high heels shorten your calves' muscles so it's important to stretch them. 

Let's move to the more mundane, but as important tips:

1. Buy the right shoes for you. This is extremely important. Everyone's feet are different. Some of us might have specific issues or anatomic peculiarities we need to take into consideration when we choose a pair of shoes, to make sure they fit right and are easy to walk in. Do your research and find out what kind of support and shoe shape is the best for you, then write down a list of which designers and shoe makers make that kind of shoe and go try a few to see how your feet adapt to them

Also, get your feet professionally measured. You will be surprised how many people don't know their real shoe size. Depending on the heel and the shape sometimes your size can vary up to two numbers. Wearing the right size of shoes is important so they fit like a glove

 

2. Good quality = higher chances of them being comfortable. Unfortunately you need to pay for good quality. Plastic based or poorly stitched shoes might work if you are wearing flats, but it's a big no no with heels. The heel has to be attached in the right manner and place, the gravity centre studied, and the right materials used. There is a reason Blahnik and Louboutin have the fame, it's not just because they are pretty.

 

3. Some heels are more comfortable than others. Depending on how used you are to them and how strong your core and back are, certain heels will be more comfortable for you to walk in than others. As I said in point one: do your research. Try on as many as possible and always strive for the highest quality you can afford. Better to own one good pair of high comfortable heels that you can actually wear than five you leave at the back of your closet for the whole season.

 

4. Break them in. New shoes need to be tamed. Even trainers. Wear them at home if need be. I'm talking hours of use. Before you go to an event or to the office with them. Find out if they hurt, where they hurt, how long you can stand/walk/sit on them without being in pain and practice how to walk.

 

5. Add whatever is needed. It might be an inner sponge to avoid foot movement and pain, tights, socks, perhaps even plasters. Find what you need and think of it as your heel accessories. Never leave the house without them!

 

Do you have any other tips on how to make high heels less like a torture? Do you wear them often? If not, why not? Let me know about your experiences with heels and what are your opinions on them!

 

 

Paola

 

 

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