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 to strut down the street (or aisle, or nightclub, or bedroom…) without hurting yourself. And look good while you do it
- A spritz of extra-hold hairspray on the soles of your heels will guarantee a slip-proof and catwalk-worthy walk every time. Other options: scratch the bottom of your soles with sandpaper or head out to the driveway and start scuffing.
- This one comes courtesy of Camilla Morton, author of How to Walk in High Heels and A Year in High Heels: “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.
- Could it be that the only thing standing between you and those stilettos is…a number two pencil?! Podiatrists 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.
- And finally, never wear the same pair of stilettos 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.