Women are not immune to the allure of high heels. In fact, the heels complete each fashionable woman's outfit. The price of an appealing stature is just as high: bunions, fractures and increased possibility of social embarrassment when you fall or squirm at the pain of using the same heels that are supposed to give an added oomph. Every woman should acquire the skill of how to wear high heels with joie de vivre like they were born wearing them.
- Break it in. Once you have bought the desired pair of heels, you must break them in. Once at home, wear them for 4 to 5 hours to allow the shoes to mold to the contours of your feet. Aim to walk, run and stretch the limits of the new pair. If possible, wear them while doing household chores that require a lot of movement. Since you're at home, you can remove them when they get too exhausting. Sometimes, shoes will take weeks to break in so bring Band-Aids. Place them in the specific part that might be uncomfortable. This means you have bought a badly made pair or something that does not have the right fit.
- Secure your feet. Heels might look good on hosiery but this might cause slipping so invest instead in wearing thin, ankle length socks that are either skin tone or the same color as your shoe. This prevents chafing and the possibility of developing pressure discoloration on your toes and ankles. Make it a habit to put on moisturizing lotion on the feet (but not in-between toes). Choose one that has aloe and vitamin E to keep skin soft and supple.
- Posture makes a difference. Thinner heels make it difficult to walk and stand for a long time. Balance is the key to walking in heels. Stand straight, like a book is on your head, and let your arms hang naturally parallel to your body. Allow your arms opposite one another to maintain balance. Although it may be tempting to walking toes first, it is much safer to put the heel down first.
- Slowly but surely. Begin wearing medium height heels (1-2 inches) before you start wearing towering pairs. Your body needs to acclimate to the pressure on your toes. Wear them for short periods of time, alternating with flats. Make sure you continuously increase the number of hours you wear the shoes.
- Timing is everything. Make sure that you can wear high heels at least 2-3 times a week so that your body will be accustomed to the weight fluctuation. Wear one that looks good when you don't need to walk a lot or perform really strenuous activities.
"Comfortable" heels need not be an oxymoron. One does not forsake function for fashion: it all depends on how you buy the high heels that matter. Every woman can look good and feel good in high heels. The longer you wear your heels, the more your body will be accustomed to them.