Tuesday, December 18, 2012

How To Wear Heels Comfortably


Christian Louboutin "Pigalle Plato"
 
A lot of you ladies have been sending me emails asking how often I wear heels. Truth is, I wear heels ALL the time. Sans my usual weekday workouts and the obligatory sporting event with the husband, you can find me navigating these rough Miami streets in a sassy pair of heels. I do it because heels make me feel powerfully feminine and instantly more put together.  Though, at this point in my life, I’ve beaten my feet into submission and I rarely have that ‘no one better touch my baby toe’ type of pain. These experiences have helped me understand that wearing heels is an art. An art that is about 80% desire and 20% skill. So, if you desire to do so, here are some artful tricks that you can use to skillfully navigate those heels.

Tip #1
I never wear my heels out on the town when they're fresh out of the box. I always, and I mean ALWAYS, break-in my heels at home before wearing them out. I break them in by shoving a balled up pair of my husband's gym socks into the front of my new shoes. I let them sit that way for a day or two. After this, I put on the above mentioned socks and slip on my semi broken-in heels. I walk around the house like this for about a half an hour or sit on the couch and catch up on some TV for an hour. 


Steve Madden (similar)

Tip #2
I'm all about the insert. Name an insert and it's probably in one of my shoes right now.
  • For my pumps, I use heel liner inserts. They help my heel stay securely in my shoe and help prevent heel blisters.
  • For my peep-toes, I use ball of foot cushions. When wearing peep-toes, my feet love sliding all the way to the front of my shoe. Not only is this super uncomfortable, it also causes my toes to hang off of the front of my shoe - which is a big 'No Bueno' for me. Therefore, ball of foot cushions are a must for my peeps.
  • For my sandals, I use a small open shoe insole. Sandals, especially strappy ones, are really unpredictable. You just don't know which strap or buckle will end up bringing the pain. So, I make the bottom of my foot as comfy as possible and pad or stretch the problem areas as I locate them. I also make sure that my insole is not visible through my shoe.
Sam Edelman "Lorna" (Here)







Tip #3
I know my limits. Through experimenting with various heel heights, I know the height that is most comfortable for me and do not go above that. A pair of heels does not need to be sky high to be sexy. Plus, looking unstable in your heels is a quick way to cancel out the impact of even the fiercest pair of heels.

Christian Louboutin "Altadama"
 

Hope these tips helped, and feel free to share your tips for wearing heels comfortably.

P.S. The Christian Louboutin stores have some of the best heel liners around. I always ask for a few when I'm in their store. Other than that, I'm not particularly loyal to any brand of insert. Also, keep in mind that you should apply your insoles to a clean surface. If you've already worn the shoes that you want to place the insert in, clean the area with isopropyl alcohol prior to attaching the insert. Usually, you only get one shot to get the placement right.
   
Love,
Jillian


60 comments:

  1. Thanks!!! Great tip! I steer away from open toe because I hate my feet sliding to the front, but I will try the insets!!

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  2. That's some great tips which I can now use without being embarrassed by my heels :) Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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  3. Love these tips! I love to wear heels all day and in NYC, honey, it is not easy! Ill definitely try these out.


    xo, CG

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  4. omg, thank you so much, I have so many heels that I buy because I like them, but end up not wearing them because they hurt my feet. I am a tennis shoe type of lady but I am constantly buying heels because one dayI want to become a heel type of lady. Truth be told those things truly hurt after an hour of wearing them. I never knew any of your tips, thank you so much

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  5. do u recommend a certain brand of insoles..one that works the best and provides the most cushion?

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  6. Great tips!! I get asked the same question (usually by my co-workers). I love wearing my heels for the same reasons that you mentioned. A thicker heel works best for me most of the time. The way that the heel of my foot lands is not for skinny heeled shoes. I learned that the hard way ;)

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  7. I just tried wearing mine with the socks. . . Why would I have never thought about this before? ... Thanks for sharing.

    xo
    Maggie
    http://magz725.blogspot.com

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  8. Amazing! I'm gonna try and find some insoles for my date nights.

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  9. Wonderful tips! I'm definitely going to try wearing heels with thick socks to break them in.

    xo Sally

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  10. I'm a big fan of insoles too, but strangely enough not for heels. Flats are usually really painful for me in my Achilles' heel area, so I wear the Dr. Scholl's pad in the back to lift my foot so that it won't rub on my Achilles' heel. I've never known what to do about pain brought about by heels; I just assumed I had to live with it and "beat my feet into submission". Thanks so much for these tips!

    -Nathy
    http://earnestyle.blogspot.com/

    P.S. I'd LOVE to see you your closet! Especially the shoes section. You should definitely do a post on your closet (if you haven't done so; I'm new to your blog so I wouldn't know).

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  11. Everyone keeps telling me about inserts but I never make the time to buy them.
    Thank you for the tips, especially the one about breaking them in w/ socks.

    I plan on wearing heels for NYE and I've practiced somewhat in the house by walking around with them on but I sort of feel like walking around on carpet isn't realistic. Thoughts?

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  12. I've tried walking around in socks before hand and the soles are so slippery, I'm sliding all over the place. It also seems that no matter how hard I try to 'break them in' by walking around the house, once you get on that concrete is a different story. I've tried inserts for ball of foot padding, but that always makes the shoe uncomfortably tight. I feel like there's no hope, when my feet start hurting, the shoes come off!

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  13. I love this! Inserts are a must. I actually love the heel liners and insoles from Payless. I stock up on these accessories so that when I bring home a new bundle of joy (new shoes :)), I am never without. They are really affordable, especially when they have their BOGO sale.

    -YourShoeFanatics
    www.yourshoefanatics.wordpress.com

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  14. Great tips! I wish more women realized that not being able to walk in their heels because they're too high is not attractive! Also, inserts are definitely a must!

    -Shenaye
    http://www.chareeamor.com/

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  15. These are GREAT tips! I've thought about buying inserts, but there are so many options...thanks for the recommendations. Also, I agree with you and the previous commenter: You can spot a woman who isn't comfortable in her shoes - no matter how gorgeous the shoes are - from a mile away.

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  16. Thanks for these tips! I will definitely try the sock thing. Unless I'm traveling by car (which is hardly ever the case) I usually just take the easy way out and wear flats until I reach my destination, or carry a bag big enough to carry an extra pair of shoes (because I live in NYC and these streets are brutal!) but this gets rather annoying at times, especially when you're all dressed up and want to carry a dainty clutch. Do you have any insoles you recommend that are budget friendly? The Dr. Scholl's ones sold at Duane Reade and Walgreens tend to be pricey-especially when you have A LOT of shoes.

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  17. Great tips! I will try the sock. I've tried the inserts but that didn't stop my toes from requiring surgery. Had t in April and until now I still can't slip into a regular pair of heel. Besides my blistered and sensitive baby toes, nothing compared to the pain tat I've endured throughout this whole ordeal. Not to mention every outfit instantly became so blah without being able to wear heels. Those Sam eldermans are hott! I have them in black suede and they are comfortable however the leather ones that you have are a killer to my toes.

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  18. This was great advice that I will be using ASAP! I actually have brand new heels that are on their way to the shoe repair shop to be cut down (you'd be amazed at how much of a difference a half of an inch off the heel can make regarding comfort). Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Thanks for sharing! Very helpful tips.

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  20. Thank you for the great tips. I love heels but I had almost given up on high heeled sandals because I hate the fact that my feet slide forward.I will definitely be shopping for inserts soon.

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  24. I wear socks in my shoes and stuff them and such, all that has been mentioned and once I walk out side even with the insoles in it, its like I never put in the insoles. I guess the balls of my feet are just sensitive. I normally try to wear a platform shoe, so it doesn't feel like I'm so up on the ball of my foot, BUT then the heel tends to be super high, so sigh, I have a pair that I am breaking in right now, so I can wear them for New Years.

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  25. thank you for for wonderful ideas but the problem with me while wearing peep toe heels is that my forth toe really hurts badly...
    plz help..

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