Square feet- Whatever you do, don’t go for a pointy heel. As the narrowest of all styles, a pointed toe and square foot will rarely ever be comfy. Hate to break it to you…
#3 How do I make heels comfy?
There are several things you can do to break in your heels and make them more comfy in time for party season. Dependant on their material, some heels may be more stubborn than others and take a little longer, but perseverance is key.
When you’re doing this, you only want to stretch the front of the shoe, keeping the heel nice and cosy. Put on a pair of socks then fold them over so they’re doubled up on the ball of your feet and toes. Put your heels on and wear them around the house for a while to stretch out the front zone while moulding them to your foot shape. You can also buy a shoe or leather stretching spray to help this along.
- Blast them with a hairdryer
For a quick fix, warming your shoes up before you wear them will help them stretch and mould to your feet quickly by softening the material. This is a good option for any last-minute shoe purchases or if you’re running out to an unexpected event.
While breaking in your shoes, you want to make sure your feet are lubricated a little bit. Before wearing your shoes, put on plenty of think moisturiser around the front of your foot, or use some Vaseline on the areas that are most likely to rub. Alternatively, you can buy a blister balm or stick that does the same thing. This will help prevent you from getting any blisters while will put your breaking in progress straight back to zero.
Investing in some gel insoles can be a game changer when you’re trying to make heels comfy. Sometimes no matter how much time you dedicate to breaking them in, a pair of heels will be stubborn. Gel insoles offer some extra cushioning, making that arch a little less extreme or that sole a little easier on the ball of your feet. That little extra comfort may just be the thing that keeps you going past midnight.
Before an occasion, the temptation to pamper from head to toe is hard to resist. But skip the toe part until afterwards. Using things like foot masks or soaks before a night in heels will make your feet softer and therefore far weaker and more likely to blister or ache. Instead, treat your feet after and keep your toes as tough and strong as possible for the event itself.
#4 How should I walk in heels?
Another way to make heels comfy is simply to learn to walk properly in them. It may feel like an impossible task, but here are our top tips.
We’re not suggesting you train for your night out like an Olympic event, but a stretch will do you good. Wearing heels can put a lot of strain on your calves and ankles, which is why rookie heel wearers stand with bent knees and struggle to walk upright. Stretching out your legs before a night out will help loosen these muscles and let you walk more naturally and easily. Try kneeling on the floor and then laying back so your legs are flat behind your back, or do some deep lunges.
Walking in heels should be a rolling motion as you place your heel down then push forward to put your toe down. Walking flatfooted, placing your whole foot down at once, will look unnatural and make walking in your heels far harder. To make it easier, find a rhythm to your steps and add a little wiggle into your step, this will help you walk and feel more confident.
Heels require good posture, so regularly check yourself and make sure you’re standing up nice and tall. Slouching or leaning forward will make your heels feel far heavier.
Put those heels on and wander around your house. Regardless of whether you’re new to heel wearing or a pro, every pair feels different so give each new purchase a trial run before wearing them to an event. Especially practice going down stairs as that’s normally where we all struggle.
If you feel confident, you’ll walk confidently; so believe in yourself!