How to stop heels rubbing is one of party season’s *most* Googled conundrums. Blisters can put a major downer on an evening when all you want to do is dance the night away, but you’re hobbling off to the loos to find a plaster (womp, womp).
And it’s that time again – bye, loungewear! See ya, pyjamas – we’re all eagerly anticipating getting ‘dressed up’ again as the holiday season kicks off. Cute party dresses, sexy knee-high boots – you name it, we’re excited to wear our fancy clothes and feel like our old selves again.
For as long as we can remember, our feet have alternated between slippers and trainers so, we’re already anticipating that we might experience a little bit of discomfort when we first slip on a pair of heels, but that needn’t be the case.
Thankfully, there are loads of products and hacks out there to make your high heels more comfortable and stop them rubbing – here are the best tips and tricks.
1. Lose some height
If you fall in love with a pair of heels but just know that the 5-inch stiletto is going to play havoc with your feet, don’t panic. Shoe repair shops should be able to shorten the height of your heels up to one inch depending on the shoe type to make them more comfortable.
2. Concentrate on how you walk
Walking in heels really is a science. A stroll in your trainers is not the same as spending the night in high heels – you need to pay way more to the rest of your body. The main takeaways? Engage your abs and walk heel-to-toe for the smoothest Elle Woods-worthy walk. Or Tyra Banks sashay, you do you boo.
3. Wear your heels in
Before wearing them out, wear your heels in by pulling on a pair of thick socks and walking around your house in them for a few hours. This will stretch all the areas that otherwise might pinch your feet. (We love Bombas‘ thick, padded socks for this, plus they’re just ultra cute and comfy to slip into when you get home.)
4. Pick the right shape heel for your foot
It sounds silly, but if you know that you have wide toes which make pointed heels uncomfortable or your feet are flat so anything higher than a 3-inch heel aches – don’t do it to yourself. Invest in heel styles that you’ve found most comfortable in the past as chances are, you’ll be more likely to reach for them in the future too. And besides – lower heels are having a fashion moment lately.
5. Use moleskin
Not only can you use moleskin to line your shoes – an easy way to avoid any rubbing – but this wonder material can also be cut and applied directly over any blisters you feel coming on, or likely problem areas.
6. Or fabric plasters
If you’re about to dash out the door and don’t have time to order a pair of moleskin inserts, try adding fabric plasters to areas that you think might be prone to blisters, like the back of the heel, to help prevent any unnecessary friction.
7. Shop heels with platforms
Generally speaking, platform heels are more comfortable than stiletto heels, as they have all the height but less of an angle. So if you have the option, go for a platform every time.
8. Take an anti-blister stick everywhere you go
Fashion Director hack: if you can’t be bothered with plasters, try using a transparent stick to lubricate any areas that would normally cause you problems. We like Compeed’s Anti Blister Stick. The handy thing about this baby is that you can pop it in your bag when you leave the house in case of any emergency SOS situ’s.
9. Wear padded inserts
If the balls of your feet are your main issue (I know, I feel ya), sticky gel inserts that cushion that area are a game-changer. Only go for a full insert if your shoes are slightly too big as these will otherwise cramp the area for your feet.
10. Security is key
If your shoes feel like they might slip off your feet at any minute, they’re never going to sit comfortably. Plus, you might start tensing different muscles in your feet to try and keep them in place which can ultimately, lead to more aching. One thing you can do, though, is shop for more secure heel styles – if you have narrow feet or struggle to walk in slip-on heels, try a pair that has an ankle strap for extra support.
From Cosmopolitan UK