I don’t know about all of you ladies out there but I am rubbish in heels, I’m happy to admit that I love the way they look but I just can not deal with them on. I try to wear heels for special occasions – although most of the time they’re big chunky heels – and even then I tend to moan that my feet ache after a small amount of time. I envy women who can wear stiletto’s and spend hours and hours on their feet in these types of shoes. Last month I went to one of my best friends’ hen parties and spent a lot of time on my feet so here are my top tips to keep your feet comfortable.
Take a pair of flats in your bag
If you are going to wear heels make sure you take a pair of flats with you, either a proper pair if your bag allows or some of the foldable ballet shoes which you can fold up in your handbag. The number of times I’ve left a bar/ club/ event and admitted defeat that there is no way I can manage another second in my heels and taken them off is crazy. I used to walk home barefoot from clubs in town to my flat and god knows what the floor underneath was covered in. My tights would end up black and I’d still hurt, but for other reasons. Taking flat shoes is a godsend when you can slip them on and carry your heels.
Put comfort supports in your shoes
The few times I do wear heels I absolutely have to put comfort supports in my shoes, and sometimes I even double up on them depending on the duration of my impending wear. Superdrug do a great selection of comfort supports and I’ve been trying out the Ball of foot cushions* and the Arch supports* as they target the areas which usually hurt me most. The arch supports help to reduce body fatigue meaning that your feet stop feeling heavy and sluggish but they also help support shock absorption which is you’re heavy footed like me is much needed. The ball of foot cushions are designed to target foot pain in the sensitive areas of your feet and prevent blisters and calluses from forming. I’m pretty lucky in the fact that I don’t have any due to limited heel wear but I know my mum can suffer pretty badly from them. I wore both of these over the hen party weekend and while I didn’t wear my heels all the time my feet were in a lot less than pain than you’d usually be in. The new range from Superdrug have been revamped so that the materials used have a ‘like-new’ performance meaning that they maintain up to 98% of their original thickness and performance during the life of your shoes which is insane. I remember I used to have gel pads in heels when I was a teen and I’d always need to change them as they’d go thin and ineffective.
Don’t be afraid to wear flats
I’ve got to the age now where I don’t feel I have to wear heels all the time and I’ll rarely ever be the odd one out if I choose to wear heels. Your feet can still hurt standing up all day – especially if you’re dancing – in flats so don’t be afraid to wear them. If you’re just not feeling the high heels remember you don’t have to wear them. Flats can look just as pretty and if they leave you feeling more comfortable then it’s a win.