I’m a pageant queen & live in heels. Here’s how to make them more comfortable!
How do you make high heels more comfortable and not hurt? I’m super petite so unless I’m working out or going to the grocery store, I wear high heels whenever I’m out. How I manage to do it is something I’m always asked. Let’s be fair, after wearing pointe shoes for the first 25 years of my life, I’ll always choose heels as the more comfortable option! However, they’re still not what I’d class as comfortable shoes and some brands are worse than others. Let’s be fair, the perfect dress isn’t complete without a gorgeous pair of heels. But if you struggle with keeping your heels on for a while, here are my best tips for making your heels more comfortable. Besides obviously going for the most comfortable heels you can find to start with as sometimes the prettiest heels are worth the sacrifice.
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#1 How to make heels more comfortable: Buy shoes that actually fit you
Topping my tips for making heels more comfortable and probably the most obvious tip is to buy shoes that fit. If you have wider feet, try to stay away from pointed toed heels. An open-toe strappy heel is a better option if you have wider feet. There is a perfect shoe shape and heel height out there for everyone, so don’t bother trying to squeeze into one that doesn’t fit and is going to hurt whatever you do.
There’s also the issue of shoes fitting differently from season to season. I like to find shoes that fit on the hottest days of the year and then add inserts for when my feet shrink on colder days. If you get shoes that fit when you’re cold, they’re really going to be a squish on hot and humid days!
#2 Tip: How to make heels more comfortable | Break them in
My second tip for making your heels more comfortable is to wear them in before you wear them out. As soon as you get your new shoes home, wear them around the house. If they’re too small, do this with thick socks on to stretch them out to make them as comfortable as possible. This is a tip I give all my pageant coaching clients to get them used to walking in their new heels.
If you’re worried about them getting dirty breaking them in, e.g. with white satin bridal shoes, slip a pair of socks or thin stocking socks over the top to protect them.
Try to do this at least once a day or a few times a week depending on the date you’re planning to wear your new heels.
#3 Tip: How to make heels not hurt – Find an insert that works with your heels
Another great tip for making heels more comfortable is to place inserts inside of your shoes. You can either use a full sole foam or gel insert, or just one for the heel, ball or back of your foot. Put them wherever you think they’ll be the most useful and make your heels the least painful.
#4 Tip: Use dry shampoo or baby powder on your feet before putting your heels on
Ok, so this might sound odd and dry shampoo is normally for your hair, but you can also use it in your shoes to make them more comfortable. By using a little baby powder or dry shampoo in your heels it helps to prevent sweating and absorbs moisture and sweat which in turn helps to prevent getting blisters or condensation build. This is especially useful with clear heels!
#5 Tip: Use a spray designer to make heels less painful
Another tip for how to make heels not hurt is to use heel comfort sprays on your feet designed specifically to make wearing even your highest heels more comfortable. A spray like Hollywood Secrets Haute Heels that numb your feet a little and is infused with aloe vera is great for some extra help making your heels more comfortable.
After all, no one wants to be that girl walking home barefoot on gross floors at the end of the night. Look for ones that come with a purse size version too so that you can pop it in your purse to spray more during the day/night if you need to.
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More shoes to love from classic to whats trending now
Whether you’re looking for a classic style or what’s trending now, here’s what’s in my closet or on my wish list.