How to wear heels comfortably? Many women, like me on the other hand, love to wear heels at least on some occasions. In general, very few of us would give up wearing them, at least sometimes, if it weren’t for a series of small… well, complications.
If you’ve ever had to wear a pair of heels that are “wrong” for our feet or just uncomfortable and of poor quality, perhaps even for a long period of time, you probably already know that blisters, numbness, swelling and bunions can be unwelcome side effects.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, with some targeted advice, we can certainly learn how to choose and wear heels without pain.
So how to wear heels comfortably? Here are some practical and useful tips.
#1 Invest in high quality shoes
Frequently, if we don’t know how to wear heels comfortably, it’s not a problem of heel height, but of shoe quality.
But is it really necessary to spend so much on a pair of heels to avoid pain? Not necessarily. Sometimes, the price tag is in fact more related to the brand or the fashion factor and does not inevitably translate into higher quality.
Luckily, comfortable quality heels, the ones that fit like slippers while giving you a few inches of height, do exist. I discovered them thanks to a collaboration with the British brand Sole Bliss, which combines a current and trendy aesthetic with high quality materials and workmanship and, above all, unparalleled comfort.
That’s because Sole Bliss shoes are made differently than any other shoes. In fact, the award-winning Comfort Technology on which Sole Bliss shoes are based ensures that our sensitive feet are always well cushioned and that the arch is supported in all the right places.
Furthermore, even feet with some little extra problems, such as a wide foot or bunions, find with this brand the perfect shoe without sacrificing style.
Each pair of Sole Bliss shoes is based on the innovative, patent-pending, podiatrist-approved Comfort Technology. It is a combination of engineered components that are designed to cushion, pamper and protect your feet, yet never sacrifice style.
I had the chance to experience the many qualities of these shoes a few weeks ago, as part of a collaboration with Sole Bliss. From the wide range of both classic and trendy styles, I chose the Pandora model: a classic black suede pump, but with a trendy shape and a pointed opening, as it is on trend this year.
From the first fit, it was love at first sight – or rather, the first outfit!
The feeling is that of wearing slippers, even for my skinny foot with a pretty deep arch, which with this model is absolutely well supported thanks to the internal padding. Fantastic! I’ve been looking for a shoe like this one for a very long time, and now I’ve finally found it.
In addition, the ankle is well supported, allowing you to walk safe even with a thin and not exactly low heel (8.5 cm, which is my personal upper limit).
#2 Choose the right shoe shape for your foot
It seems trite to say, but it is the shoe that should fit our feet and not the other way around. If a narrow, pointed toe shoe causes you problems, opt for other models. Every year, fashion offers more than one trendy style!
I for one cannot wear flats. Having a slim foot with a fairly pronounced arch, I need footwear that supports the arch of the foot well – as in the case of Sole Bliss.
Features I found in the Pandora model, as you can see:
#3 Give up a few inches of heel
The main aesthetic “virtue” of a pair of heels is not so much (or, at least, not only) in making you look taller, but rather in giving your body more sinuous curves and making our walk more graceful, feminine and elegant.
And this effect, thankfully, can also be achieved with a medium or medium-low heel. So, find your personal limit (for me, it’s 8 cm) and respect it! The effect will be even more beautiful, because you will be comfortable and walk in a more elegant and natural way.
#4 Treat your shoes well
Naturally, in addition to buying quality shoes, you also need to take care of them. A lesson I learned perhaps a little late…. But better late than never, right?
So, we should take our shoes regularly to the shoemaker, who will make sure not only that our heels are solid, but also that the whole shoe keeps its shape intact.
Heels, in fact, should never be worn out, so as to ensure stability and comfort to our feet.
#5 Pay attention to the arch of your heeled shoes
A too strong arch will indeed result in an uncomfortable shoe. The shape of the shoe itself can help determine before purchase how comfortable it will be once you wear it. The softer the arch, the more comfortable the shoe will also be.
That’s why, even when platform shoes go out of fashion for a few years, many women are reluctant to abandon them: a small platform, in fact, certainly helps to make the arch less pronounced and the shoe much more comfortable!
#6 How to wear heels comfortably? Focus on your walk!
Walking in heels is really a science. Of course, wearing sneakers is not the same as walking elegantly in high heels: in the case of heels, in fact, it is particularly important to pay attention to the posture, slightly contracting our abs. A useful exercise to do always, but even more so when walking comfortably in heels.
#7 Wear them at home first
If you want to be sure to wear heels comfortably on a special occasion, make sure to wear the shoes for some time at home before the big event. The shape of the shoe will adapt to your foot, lose any initial stiffness and be more comfortable.
#8 Consider where you will have to walk
Cobblestones are certainly not the best place to wear high heels. The ground you walk on is also important in decreeing the comfort of a pair of heels.
So, for asphalt and concrete choose well-cushioned shoes; if you have to walk on grass or sand, on the other hand, try to wear only wedges or chunky heels. In short, choose different heels for different surfaces!
#9 Also pay attention to the thickness of the heel
Often (but not always), wider heels are also more comfortable.
Of course, ultra thin heels are also super sexy, but unfortunately they don’t look good with everything either, nor are they suitable for all occasions. Also, super thin heels can be uncomfortable and difficult to balance our weight well. Thicker heels, on the other hand, provide more support and almost always greater comfort.
#10 The thickness of the sole is also important
Thin soles are hard on our feet. In short, the more sole there is between our heels and the ground, the more likely we are to feel comfortable while wearing heels.
There is much more pressure on the foot when the only thing separating it from the ground is a thin sole, while a thicker sole cushions the foot’s contact with the ground.
Thickness, ideally, can also be enhanced by the presence of a bunion bed, as in many Sole Bliss models, and a non-slip sole, which should always be a must, both to improve our stability and to protect the shoe.
#11 Use products that prevent blisters
Avoiding blisters is one of the most important things about wearing high heels without having pain. When a blister forms, it is actually because of the friction of the foot against the amterial of the shoe.
There are products on the market that are specifically made to prevent blisters and can protect your feet at the right time.
Experts recommend for this purpose the very practical Dr. Scholl’s For Her Rub Relief strips, which you can simply keep in your bag, ready to prevent or stem the formation of blisters.
(in collaboration with Sole Bliss)