There’s a reason that the word ‘heel’ is so close to the word ‘hell’ (ok, fine, it was probably a linguistic accident – whatevs). Wearing even the cutest pair for an extended period of time can basically amount to torture, and if your line of work requires them on a daily basis, well, you definitely need to employ these hacks to get through your day.
And if you’re just dreading donning a pair for a weekend wedding, these will help you, too.
#10. Put your shoes in the freezer.
For added comfort, stuff them with a bag of cold water first, but either way, leave them for at least 30 minutes. The cold material will adapt to your warm foot instead of the other way around.
#9. Tape your toes together.
Specifically, your third and fourth toe, where nerve pressure can build up and cause pain.
#8. Break them in.
Wear cotton socks dipped in hot water to break in your shoes around the house. It will help them stretch a little and not be so stiff when you step out.
#7. Don’t take them off.
If your day isn’t over, don’t give in to the temptation of a five minute break. Your feet will most likely swell within minutes, making putting them back on a painful – or even impossible – task.
#6. Grab some double-sided tape.
Use it to stick your foot to the bottom of the shoe, making sure that your foot doesn’t do the slipping and sliding that can cause blisters and toe pain.
#5. Have your deodorant do double duty.
You can roll it on to your heels, toes, or anywhere else you experience painful chafing during the day.
#4. Invest in insoles.
If you’re going to be wearing heels on a regular basis, investing in keeping your feet healthy is the way to go. These little socks, typically made from silicone or fabric, provide much-needed support and protection.
#3. Move around.
If your feet are killing you, get up and walk. You can also sit down, but standing still in your heels is almost as bad as taking them off.
#2. Keep emergency supplies in your purse.
Bandaids, roll-on chafing blockers, liquid bandage, mole-skin, or even an extra pair of insoles – there will come a day when you’re not sorry you have them along.
#1. Use hydrating cream.
If you lather up before putting your heels on, it can help save your feet from rubbing, pain, and blisters, especially if your heels are new and still stiff.