10 ways to make high heels more comfortable
There’s one thing we can all agree on – heels are beautiful things to look at but put them on your feet and you will start to learn what hate feels like very, very quickly. Thankfully, there are tonnes of products and hacks out there that can help turn your high heels from haters into heroes…
1. Lose some height
If you fall in love with a pair of heels but just know that the 5 inch stiletto is going to play havoc with your feet, don’t panic. Shoe repair shops should be able to shorten the height of your heels up to one inch depending on the shoe type to make them more comfortable.
2. Concentrate on the way you walk
Walking in heels really is a science. A stroll in your trainers is not the same as spending the night in high heels – you need to pay way more to the rest of your body. Engage your abs and walk heel-to-toe to give your feet the best chance possible.
3. Wear them in
Before wearing them out, wear your heels in by pulling on a pair of thick socks and walking around your house in them for a few hours. This will stretch all the areas that otherwise might pinch your feet.
4. Pick the right shape shoe for your foot
It sounds silly, but if you know that you have wide toes which make pointed shoes pinch, or your feet are flat so anything higher than a 3 inch heel aches – don’t do it to yourself.
The Day Heel with a rounded toe, £113, Everlane BUY NOW
5. Use moleskin
Not only can you use moleskin to line your shoes – an easy way to avoid any rubbing – but this wonder material can also be cut and applied directly over any blisters you have brewing, or likely problem areas.
Moleskin comfort padding, £3, Profoot BUY NOW
6. Look for a pair with platforms
Generally speaking, platformed heels are more comfortable than heels without, so if you have an option – go for a platform every time.
Angela leather platform sandals, £175, Cult Gaia BUY NOW
7. Take an anti blister stick everywhere you go
If you can’t be bothered with unsightly blister plasters, try using a transparent stick to lubricate any areas that would normally cause you problems. The handy thing about this is that you can pop it in your bag when you leave the house in case of an emergency situation.
Anti-blister stick, £4.25, Compeed BUY NOW
8. Wear padded inserts
If the balls of your feet are your main issue, sticky gel inserts that cushion that area will work wonders. Only go for a full insert if your shoes are slightly too big as these will otherwise cramp the area for your feet.
Party feet ball of foot cushions with GelActiv technology (1 pair), £4.33, Scholl BUY NOW
9. Security is key
If your shoes feel like they might slip off your feet at any minute, they’re never going to sit comfortably. If you have narrow feet or struggle to walk in slip-on heels, try a pair that has an ankle strap for extra support.
Leather mid-heel sandal, £540, Gucci BUY NOW
10. Use heel grips if your feet are narrow
Especially important in court shoes or anything without a strap – these grips will stop you