Stilettos and pencil heels are making a massive comeback — and with good reason.
Moderate-to-high heels instantly make you look (and feel) taller, thinner and sexier but they can hurt like crazy.
So, would you take foot injections to make walking in heels easier? Me neither.
Instead, try these simple tricks on how to make heels more comfortable — then strut down the street (or aisle, or nightclub, or bedroom…) without hurting yourself. And look good while you do it!
Spritz the soles
How to walk in high heels sans the discomfort? A spritz of extra-hold hairspray on the soles of your heels will guarantee a slip-proof and catwalk-worthy strut every time.
Other options: scratch the bottom of your soles with sandpaper or head out to the driveway and start scuffing.
Use a pencil (an actual pencil)
Could it be that the only thing standing between you and those stilettos is…a number two pencil?
Podiatrists (foot doctors for the uninitiated) suggest foot exercises to maximise heel comfort.
Two to try: Picking up pencils with your toes and rolling a ball back and forth under the ball of your foot. Strengthening those muscles will make a long strut feel far less torturous.
Wear them out!
The Queen had an excellent trick up her sleeve on how to make heels more comfortable: She would have a member of her staff break in any new footwear by wearing them around the palace before Her Royal Highness stepped into them for a function.
Since we don’t have the same luxury, Camilla Morton, author of How to Walk in High Heels and A Year in High Heels has a great alternative: “Head to the supermarket, get a cart and go for a spin. As you stock up on groceries, use the cart for balance while your feet get used to the new high heel.”
No department store in sight? When you buy a new pair of heels, walk up and down the stairs 10 times. Stairs are the most difficult thing, so if you can that, you can do everything else.
Revolve your heels
And finally, if you are looking to make heels more comfortable, never wear the same pair two days in a row.
That’s because no two pairs of shoes are exactly the same. Each pair creates its own unique pressure points on your feet which, if worn two days in row, will begin to cause pain and discomfort.
So wear, swap and repeat.