The first time I went clubbing, I remember stumbling towards my taxi. I wasn’t unsteady because of the alcohol; it was because of my high heels.
Every step towards the car was agony. Once I finally got to sit down, I took my shoes off and I was bleeding.
This then turned into a very lengthy, expensive mission for me- how do I make these things tolerable? I tried every gadget and all the hacks under the sun.
Why is it that we can send a man to the moon, but we can’t figure out a way to make high heels comfortable?
Through trial and error, I’ve found 4 tricks that have helped no end!
I’m not going to tell you that these have changed my life and now I wear heels everywhere, that would be a lie.
However, these have helped me wear heels all day, blister, and pain free.
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1. Foot gel – for blisters
This is the trick that has helped me the most.
Because of their shape, high heels can cause extra friction on some areas of your feet that just aren’t used to it.
Before putting on my high heels, I always apply foot gel onto the areas where I can feel they are going to rub. I then put the tube into my handbag so I can then reapply if I need to.
This prevents blisters by reducing the friction between your foot and the shoe.
Some people will put plasters on their feet in advance, but I wouldn’t recommend this. All the plasters do is take the brunt of the friction, and although they might feel good at first, after just an hour or so the plaster will just come off.
This is my favourite foot gel. It comes in a hard, stick form that allows you to apply it directly to your skin without any mess.
It smells fresh and doesn’t feel heavy.
Definitely my favourite by far!
Although it’s a little bit more expensive that others on the market, it’s the only one I’ve found that works.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly also actually works great!
It doesn’t feel as nice on your foot and doesn’t last as long, but it would be my recommendation for someone on a budget!
2. Insoles- For Aches And Pains
Because of how the foot is held when wearing high heels, muscles are forced into positions they are not naturally meant to be in.
I’ve found that there are some types of inserts that can really help.
For some of my closed toe heels I really like gel inserts- I got mine from Scholl.
You only need to buy one set and you can move them between pairs of shoes.
They really help to provide a cushioned surface and are great for supporting the arch of the foot- an area that gets uncomfortable quickly.
These are another great option for people who struggle with the pain caused by the extra pressure on the balls of their feet.
These stick to the sole of your shoe and give cushioning that helps with the extra pressure.
3. Comfort ranges
When I first started buying heels I used to go to the same places as where I got my clothes; high street fashion brands.
However, because they were aimed towards younger, student age people, they focused much more on style than they did comfort.
It was only when I started browsing… dare I say it… old people shops did I realise that there were some really great, comfortable options!
I started to spend my money in a bit more of a savvy way. If you buy one pair of plain shoes that cost a little more from a comfort range, then you are going to get so much more value for money.
Now, if you’re looking for a statement, 6-inch, glitter, platform stiletto, you aren’t going to find it in the ranges recommended below. Also, if you’re looking for really cheap shoes, you probably aren’t going to find those either.
You do have to slightly hunt through to get some fashionable shoes, but once you find them they’re so comfortable, you’ll wear them so much more. It’s good value for money!
4. Choose The Right Style To Make High Heels More Comfortable
Although I wish it wasn’t true, unfortunately the style of the heels does make a massive difference on the comfort levels.
Tip: When it comes to height, there’s a trick I learnt to test if the shoes are too tall. You should double check you can still stand on tiptoes and lift the heels off the floor.
So put the heels on and try to stand on your tiptoes. If the heel can be lifted easily off the floor and you can walk around, then the height should be fine! If you can’t tip toe around with the heel off the floor, don’t buy the shoes, they’re too high for you to keep your balance.
This may be an old wife’s tale, but in my personal experience it’s always worked.
Wedges and block heels are always much more comfortable, be to honest that’s probably because they are just much easier to walk in. I find that the muscles in my foot don’t have to work as hard because there is more support there.
In the end, no matter how much you try to make stilettos comfortable, it’s always going to be true that the thicker the heel, the more comfortable the shoes will be.
Trying to find ways to make heels comfortable can be a frustrating, expensive mission.
There are so many companies out there that have introduced all sorts of gadgets and sticky plasters that claim to work, but most of them really don’t.
Tip: If you’re going to buy something like insoles, invest some money in them. There’s a reason they’re more expensive- they’ve used better materials and done more research into making sure the product will work.
The tips above aren’t guaranteed to make your heels the easiest things to walk in, but they will help you last quite a few more hours in your favourite shoes.
Have any of these tips worked for you? Do you have any tricks to make high heels more comfortable? Let us know in the comments!