How To Break in High Heels

Nothing can add instant sexiness like a pair of high heels. It not only adds inches to your height, but it can dramatically change the way you feel by adding that extra boost of confidence when you walk into a room. When you don a pair of high heels, you walk differently and have more presence. It makes you look longer, leaner and more sophisticated.

The downside to wearing high heels is that sometimes, it can be quite painful. A way to get around this is to break in a new pair of heels. Rather than put it on as soon as you walk out the store, take a few days to break in your heels and you’ll notice a difference in the comfort level.

  • Have ample time to break in the shoes before your big event.  You will need at least a week to break in your new high heels, longer if you’re not used to wearing heels. The more time you give yourself to prep the shoes, the more comfortable it will be when you finally wear your shoes for a night out of town. If you wear the shoes on the same day for an event, chances are, your feet will be throbbing halfway through the night and you’ll end up with blisters to match.
  • Wear it around the house. The way to break in your shoes is to wear it. Start by wearing the shoes while you’re doing chores around the house. Walk around the house with the heels on. You may look silly wearing your sweats with your Jimmy Choo shoes, but it’s got to be done if you want the shoes to feel just right.
  • Wear socks with your shoes. Breaking in your shoes means you need to make the leather expand so it can feel more supple and soft on your feet. Wear thick socks on your feet when you wear the shoes so it can help expand the leather of the shoes. You may feel some pinching, but since you’re wearing socks, it won’t be too painful on your feet. If you have shoe trees, slide it in the shoe.
  • Get used to wearing heels. If you’re not a high heels type of girl, then you need to practice wearing inches on your heel. Start with a low heel then work your way up to higher heels. For every day, alternate between wearing heels and flats so your feet get accustomed to wearing both types of shoes.
  • Use heel guards and band aids. When you wear your new shoes out of the house the first few times, you may want to put on some band aids or use silicone stick ons on your feet to protect against rubbing and chaffing. Dr. Scholl’s makes silicone guards you stick on your feet to protect your skin from blisters and other wounds caused by breaking in or ill-fitting shoes. Carry a few strips of band aid with you just in case.
  • Be sure to buy the right size of shoes. Try on the pair before you wear it. Some styles may pinch your feet so you may need to go up half a size to added comfort. Your feet will hurt no matter how much you break in your shoes if you’re wearing the wrong size. Don’t be afraid to try different designers. Cole Haan and Taryn Rose both make comfortable yet sexy shoes.

Give yourself some time to get accustomed to your new high heels. However, if your feet are in agony at the end of the day and you just can’t wear the shoes comfortably, you may need to settle for a lower heel or even a kitten heel shoe.


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