Allow me to preface this post by saying that I only feel confident in high heels after years of practice. And I do mean years. But high heels still suck to wear and hurt like a m-fer. As Jennifer Lawrence says, heels are “Satan’s shoes”.
However, I love how I look in heels, so alas, I wear them; to work, to get drinks, and especially out dancing. They make me feel sexy and fearless, and it doesn’t hurt to add a few inches to my stature once in a while. Nearly 40% of women say they would suffer through the pain of high heels for the sake of fashion. If you put on heels everyday, or if you’re just a once-in-a-while wearer, I offer these humble tips based off of what I use in my daily life!
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1) Make sure you’re wearing the right size
I am a firm believer of this statement after a Nordstrom associate commented that I was wearing too big of shoes. My sister loves to mention this frequently, as well. (“Jessica… you are a 7 1/2. Why you continue to think you’re an 8, I’ll never know.”) I used to think that a little roominess was a great option when wearing heels, but that thought line is dangerous AND painful! Sales people at high-end shoe stores are happy to measure your feet, so make sure you ask!
2) Walk like there is a marionette string pulling up the top of your head
Good posture has always been important to me due to of years of Pilates and ballet. Posture is essential when walking in heels. Pretend there is a string attached to the top of your head, and it’s continually being pulled upwards. Your spine will immediately straighten, your back will arch a bit, and your chin will lift. You’ll walk more confidently and be less prone to stumbling. Always look straight ahead, not down!
3) Get your shoes stretched
I always get my heels stretched before I walk out of the mall. Nordstrom is great about complimentary shoe stretches for cardholders, but even if you have to pay or DIY, it’s definitely worth it. Wider shoes are more comfortable to wear, and prevent bunions from forming on the side of your feet. It’s worth asking!
4) Wear heels with a higher platform
Although platform shoes are not really my style, if I know I will be dancing in heels all night, I’ll definitely try to wear a pair that has at least a small platform built into the heel. Platforms ensure that your foot isn’t at such an extreme angle, and therefore, will be more comfortable.
Valentino Couture Bow Platform Pump
5) Sit whenever you can
Ok, this is my absolutely favorite tip because it’s so simple, yet works SO well! Anytime you can take a break off of your feet, DO IT! Schedule time into your night to pop a squat every 20-25 minutes – there’s a reason women’s bathrooms have couches! Plus then you get to show off your shoes to everyone who walks by! It will do wonders for the longevity of your heels and your feet. :)
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6) Practice makes perfect
It may sound a little silly to walk around your house in heels, but it’s a great technique to perfect your walking abilities! I like to walk around in heels that I want to be able to build up the confidence to wear, not ones that I’ve already worn. I like to break in my heels as much as possible inside before wearing them out.