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Walking in heels -- what is the secret?

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Autopsy Jude

Autopsy J.

MELBOURNE,
Australia

56 posts

so many pretty heels that i really want to wear but i cant wear heels for more than 2-3 hours straight. they kill the balls of my feet and my whole foot becomes a blister.. what is the secret to wearing sky high heels throughout the day

some one plz enlighten me.

almost 13 years ago

#1
Xanthe Carter

Xanthe C.

LEEDS,
United Kingdom

60 posts

Ha ha, this is my secret
mytights.com/mytights/3329.html
Also, I think your feet just tend to toughen up after a while
x

0 · February 8, 2009

#2
Tamara Cordon

Tamara C.

FREMANTLE,
Australia

207 posts

Platforms are more comfortable as opposed to a shoe with a huge heel and no support at the front. Or shoes with thicker heels, as opposed to skinny stilletos.
or party feet, the gel pads you put at the front of your shoes, it stops your feet slipping forward and causing pain from the pressure.

I wear 6inch heels daily, even if it's just go to the post office haha.
I have two pairs that are 15cm high but they both have a generous platform on the front so I don't feel any pain.

The best advice is to make sure your shoes fit well!

0 · February 9, 2009

#3
Amelia C

Amelia C.

DUBLIN,
Ireland

75 posts

it might hurt because youre stretching the muscles at the bottom of your feet for longer than theyre used to.
(ah,my partial education in massage therapy is paying off!haha)
dont do skyscraper heels,a kitten heel or something in-between looks good too.

xo

0 · February 11, 2009

#4
Tori B.

Tori B.

FLORIDA,
United States

4 posts

Platforms are the most comfortable. Plus your feet just kind of get used to it. When I buy new heels I usually wear them with socks around the house for a while to break them in. It really helps.

0 · February 17, 2009

#7
LIANE M

LIANE M.

HAMILTON,
Canada

19 posts

I think it just depends on the shoe.

I have some heels that I can't even stand in for five minutes before my feet are screaming, & some heels I can dance in all night and not feel a thing.

Just opt for more comfortable heels and you should be fine. No fancy mechanisms needed.

0 · February 18, 2009

#8
Berlin C.

Berlin C.

PENNSYLVANIA,
United States

4 posts

it's just like bras, women are always wearing the wrong size
if any part of your foot is pinching, you're buying the wrong shoes; whether it be the width or just the style, your legs should get tired way before your feet start hurting

I personally make sure I'm wearing the correct size and absolutely do not let my feet get dry (it's just like dry hands, when they rub you're going to get cracks), of course they shouldn't be soaked with lotion, but if any part of your foot is dry REMEDY IT FAST!
I don't really know how to help you out with walking in them, it must just be the way you walk? I'm even pigeon toed and I walk fine, so I dunno. some people just like to be freeeee, haha

0 · February 18, 2009

#9
Jessica J

Jessica J.

WONDERLAND,
Sweden

76 posts

My secret is to have extra flat shoes in your bag if it hurts to much. Otherwise, i just live with the pain!

0 · February 21, 2009

#10
Michael N

Michael N.

WESTLAKE, LOS ANGELES ,
United States

28 posts

"high heels don't really turn men on, we just like knowing your going through discomfort and pain wearing them to impress us" anonymous -Vice

0 · February 21, 2009

#11
Tara Urekar

Tara U.

HAMILTON, ONTARIO,
Canada

94 posts

Wear shoes with a thicker heel instead of skinnier stillettos.
Also, if the shoe is just a tiny bit too big, get insoles and heel grips instead of going a size down. Your feet swell as you walk throughout the day and a shoe that fits your perfectly in the morning might make you scream in pain at night.

0 · February 21, 2009

#12
Autopsy Jude

Autopsy J.

MELBOURNE,
Australia

56 posts

@Michael N.

o rly? haha

0 · February 23, 2009

#13
Autopsy Jude

Autopsy J.

MELBOURNE,
Australia

56 posts

@Tara U.

ahhh thanks for the tip! does it matter as well if it is like a cheaper shoe? as in cheaper shoes = less comfy on your feet? because that analogy works for some things in life :(

0 · February 23, 2009

#14
Autopsy Jude

Autopsy J.

MELBOURNE,
Australia

56 posts

@Berlin C.

do you bring out lotion (or something like that) whne your walking in heels for emergency purposes??

0 · February 23, 2009

#15
Autopsy Jude

Autopsy J.

MELBOURNE,
Australia

56 posts

@LIANE M.

does the price of the shoe have to do with anything? do cheap shoes = bad ergonomically design on your feet (or any of that scientific crap) hhaa

0 · February 23, 2009

#16
Berlin C.

Berlin C.

PENNSYLVANIA,
United States

4 posts

@Autopsy J.

definitely

0 · February 23, 2009

#18
FMMTJ

FMMTJ

NYC,
United States

26 posts

For starters, do not buy cheap heels. They will ruin your feet. Remain true to your size. New shoes shoes are never truly perfect, but they should not cut into your foot, squeeze, or be too loose to begin with. Resist that last pair left on sale even if it's just a half size too small! XD And the price doesn't always reflect the quality. Don't buy anything that looks like it has no support/cushion because it probably doesn't.

You have to remember to walk with your whole foot. Your feet carry about 90% of your body weight around so it's important to distribute that instead of balancing on one area (like the ball of your big toe). Also try not lean forward too much when you walk. You're less likely to fall backwards than forwards. ;] Try to keep your head up as well, and pretend the heels are a little higher than they really are so you don't drag your heels (not only does it look and sound terrible, but it ruins the shoes). It's also good to stretch and massage your feet at the end of the day. ^_^

I wear heels every day, and most of them are 3"-4" high. I never have foot pains due to my shoes.

I had surgery over the summer (severed the big toe tendon, don't ask) and had to wear Keds for a month. I wanted to amputate my feet instead at that point... x.x

0 · March 3, 2009

#20
Courtney Harper

Courtney H.

HAMILTON,
New Zealand

37 posts

Hahaha!!

0 · March 3, 2009

#21
Autopsy Jude

Autopsy J.

MELBOURNE,
Australia

56 posts

@FMMTJ

oh wow no pains? cool thanks for the advice!

0 · March 3, 2009

#22
Autopsy Jude

Autopsy J.

MELBOURNE,
Australia

56 posts

haha i totally agree with ya!

0 · March 3, 2009

#23
Anniepop Nguyen

Anniepop N.

SYDNEY,
Australia

5 posts

definitely agree on the Party feet!!!
they have gel cushions, heel cushions, heel shields, slingback strips and gel blister plasters!
they help me such a great deal, my feet have never been good with heels till party feet came along :)

0 · March 3, 2009

#24
Anne D

Anne D.

THREE STARS AND A SUN,
Philippines

151 posts

practice makes perfect! :)

0 · March 3, 2009

#26
Michael N

Michael N.

WESTLAKE, LOS ANGELES ,
United States

28 posts

@Michael N.

hah. yeah they don't really do it for me.

0 · March 3, 2009

#27
Khalana Wilde

Khalana W.

LOS ANGELES,
United States

13 posts

when I started working at FIDM a little over a year ago, I had never worn a pair of stilettos, could barely stand in regular heels. but I became so jealous of how fabulous everyone looked in them, I started buying some, slowly but surely working my way up to higher, more "difficult" styles. when I wore my first pair of 3 or so inch stilettos to the interview, I thought it would be impossible for me to ever wear these on a regular basis. the ground felt so far from my feet ... I walked like a duck haha.

my success with heels is similar to many of the other commentors. I was buying shoes that weren't made very well. I have a very small budget, but it's better to buy one good pair of shoes that don't eat up your feet than a pair from target or payless or just a pair with no support. I splurged on a pair of BCBG stilettos and I could walk in those all day! they are cushioned and comfy and made of leather so they give and shape around my foot.

also, like some other people said, they need to fit well. one of my favourite pairs I bought on sale, last pair, and it's a half size too small. by the end of the day, my feet swell and they get pretty uncomfortable (I take them off under my desk haha). I would not recommend this! but they are so adorable, I put up with it.

nowadays I wear a lot more boots than heels because I am much more prone to take the stairs or walk around. this is good office-exercise.

good luck! anyone can do it, I swear. I thought I was hopeless. it just takes practice, I promise.

0 · March 5, 2009

#28
Sadie Marlowe

Sadie M.

THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE,
Canada

134 posts

Tips for walking in heels:

1) Walk like you mean it, like you have somewhere to be, NOW. None of this tipsy-trotty pussyfooting around. If I see one more girl toe-ing it, I'm gonna scream. Walk normally, and with confidence. Let your hips roll.

2) Practice; break your heels in by doing the laundry in them, ironing, cooking, whatever. There are amazing little muscles in your ankles that need work before you can wear serious heels (hence why beginners wipe out a lot, and someone like SJP can run NYC blocks in them. It's like training for any other sport. Seriously, I kid not).

3) Accept that by the end of the day, your feet will hurt. Take your shoes off under your desk, under the table, whatever. Just don't let anyone see you do it. Don't let them see you cry.

4) Go for the gel insoles or whatever. They do help. Yay technology.

5) Enjoy the admiring looks from passers by. Knowing that you look amazing, hot and tall with help soothe your sore feet. After all, why else would you be wearing the damn things?

6) Alternate days; don't wear killer heels every day. Alternate with flats, boots, lower heels, whatever. Your feet can get seriously mangled from years of wearing killer heels (esp. pointy toed ones) on a daily basis. Bunions are not cool. Take care of your tootsies.

7) Work up to the big'uns. Don't start at 6 inch skyscrapers. You will immediately regret it. Start at 2 1/2 or 3 inches, or something with a strap, and work your way up.

Good luck! Enjoy your heels.

0 · March 5, 2009

#29
Autopsy Jude

Autopsy J.

MELBOURNE,
Australia

56 posts

@Sadie M.

haha nice compilation. thanks!! ;D

0 · March 6, 2009

#30
Gwyn M

Gwyn M.

THE MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR,
Canada

13 posts

practice. practice. practice.

0 · March 6, 2009

#31
Sara McEver

Sara M.

United States

20 posts

wear them around the house.
I took modeling classes where I had to wear heels everyday
and that helped me alot.

0 · March 13, 2009

#32
Retsy Claire

Retsy C.

NEW YORK!,
United States

273 posts

I never buy any high heels that flip flop. They have to have a back, a buckle, an ankle strap, or a full front.

And yes, cheap sometimes equals bad quality. But I have three pairs of fabulous shoes from Target that I can wear all day long! My advice for stores like that is to always read the ratings online. I've found that most heels I get on splurge turn out to be mistakes. The ones I think about and lust after for a while before taking the plunge are the ones I use year after year. And furthermore, if I take a long time...they are often on sale or clearance by the time I buy them!

Unlike most of these girls, I do buy my heels a little small sometimes. I find them more comfortable when they are tight. But then again, I might be buying them in my true size and buying sneakers a size too big.

Also, always try them on and then walk to a mirror and back in the store. And keep the receipt until after you wear them around the house a little!

Another thing: I NEVER wear stilettos. It isn't sexy to fall every two minutes. And that's what I would do. Know yourself. People are different. So are shoes. I'm a 7 1/2 and one of my best fitting pairs of shoes is a size 6 pair of boots! Different shoes call for different measures! Pun intended.

PS: My favorite comment of the day "It isn't exactly a challenge to turn men on."

0 · April 2, 2009

#33
Autopsy Jude

Autopsy J.

MELBOURNE,
Australia

56 posts

@Retsy C.

oh cool thanks love!

how high are your target ones though?

0 · April 2, 2009

#34
Sophie D.

Sophie D.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND,
United Kingdom

506 posts

It's all about support - platform, platforms, platforms!
I work in a shoe shop, I literally need to say that to EVERY customer, but it's so true.

0 · April 2, 2009

#35
Retsy Claire

Retsy C.

NEW YORK!,
United States

273 posts

@Retsy C.

I have a couple. I just bought a new pair. It's called the Wiley sandal. It's a wedge heel. It's SO comfortable and SOSOSOOSOSOSO cute. Highly recommended. I'm obsessed! I also have some plain black pumps. They are probably 1 1/2 in. high. They are actually stilettos I think...or just skinny heels. Hm, let me think. I have a pair of cute pink heels that are like 5 years old. Yes, they've lasted this long! They are a chunky heel about 2 in. high.

0 · April 2, 2009

#36
Alicia Ong

Alicia O.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA,
Singapore

12 posts

I used to wear heels everywhere, I am dead serious, even if I was just popping out to get groceries. Ridiculous, I know. Haha. So I don't believe that cheap shoes might be useless, you just have to be a good judge of the quality! There are a few places where poorly made shoes always always hurt. 1: The back of your heel 2. They pinch your toes/sides of your feet 3. The ball of your feet start hurting like crazy!

Some of my comfiest heels that I could walk for hours in were bought from online sprees! I also have expensive shoes which almost end up hurting like crazy. So, I don't believe in that rule. Both sides of the coin are right this time. HAHAHHAHA. Kind of like luck, buying heels and all! A good thing is to always try another size up or down to make sure you get the right one, spend at least a couple of minutes walking around, make sure that when you place the heel on the ground it doesn't wobble and is stable (bcos some of the prettiest ones you can't even balance in).

Another trick I learned to test how good a heel is, is to drop it straight down from a small height of 10cm or less, and see if it wobbles/balances. Then put your finger into where the ball of your feet is supposed to be, and wiggle your index finger gently from left to right and observe whether the heel is stable enough! When choosing heels that have covered backs, make sure that it is soft/bendable simply by trying to flex the back part inwards towards the shoe. If it completely does not even move, good luck. It is probably going to hurt like hell. Usually shoes with soft back parts don't hurt as much.

All in all, hoped I helped! I love heels to no end and mine are usually really high about 4-5inches :D

0 · April 2, 2009

#37
Zeke V

Zeke V.

SRI LANKAFORNIA,
United States

187 posts

Well try wearing them at home first to break them in, with socks. Make sure they fit, that their not slopping around on yor foot..or cutting off the cerculation. Most of the time when wemon wear heels, they buy them too big, so the material rubs in the wrong areas..that could be causing your blisters.

And sometimes its better to buy more expensive shoes, for better comfert.

0 · April 3, 2009

#38
Autopsy Jude

Autopsy J.

MELBOURNE,
Australia

56 posts

@Alicia O.

ooh thanks that really helped! :D

0 · April 4, 2009

#39
Alicia Ong

Alicia O.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA,
Singapore

12 posts

@Autopsy J.

you're welcome! (:

0 · April 6, 2009

#43
Kimberly R

Kimberly R.

WASHINGTON DC,
United States

7 posts

platforms and dr.scholls gel insoles it'll give you two or three more hours in heels, I wear heels everyday.

0 · December 27, 2009

#44
Diana Antonia

Diana A.

GOTHENBURG,
Sweden

1724 posts

Put one foot infront of the other ;)

0 · December 27, 2009

  

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