Tips on Wearing Heels

You’re a college student now—most likely, you haven’t really been forced to wear heels before, but now you’re looking for jobs and internships and heels are basically required for interviews. Sure, you can get away with wearing flats, but heels really do dress up any look and help you look a bit more professional. But because of the fact that you haven’t really had to wear them before, I’m sure you’re having trouble finding a good pair of heels, and are probably one of those girls who wobble all over the place while wearing them.
First of all, that’s completely okay and understandable. No one can walk properly in heels the first time they put them on! And some of us continue to have trouble even after wearing them for years. All of this can be fixed, though, with a few simple tips:
Don’t buy heels that are over 3 inches if you plan to wear them all day or walk around in them a lot. You can get the higher heels for special events, or when you won’t be walking much, but trust me when I say anything over 3 inches for a regular heel will make you hate heels forever.
Don’t go cheap, unless it’s a well-made pair of heels that are on sale. Cheap heels are often very stiff and typically have higher heels anyway, which you already know you need to stay away from, but the stiffness is what causes pain. They don’t mold to your foot and tend to cause more blisters than more expensive, well-made shoes. Cheap ones don’t last very long anyway, so why buy multiple pairs of cheap heels that will kill your feet when you can buy just one pair of expensive heels and not blow through a box of Band-Aids in one day?
Do whatever you can to make them more comfortable. They make shoe inserts for a reason! If you haven’t worn heels before, then you’ll feel the pain in the ball of your foot since that is what all of your weight is centered on. When you pick up a pair of heels, get ball of the foot inserts to help with this problem—they really do help. You might also want to get some inserts for the back of the heel, especially if you’re worried about blisters or your foot slipping in and out the shoe.
Do try different sizes of the same shoe before you purchase them instead of assuming that your current flats size is your heels size. Just as you need to go up a half size, usually, with running shoes to allow your feet to spread out when you hit the ground, you should probably go down about a half size in heels to ensure that your feet don’t slip out the back. Your foot naturally slides forward in heels which is what leads to the slippage, so either go down a size if the rest of the shoe feels a bit big too, or just buy the above-mentioned heel inserts to hold your foot in place.
Finally, take those heels off whenever you can, and bring a pair of flats! Wearing heels for too long on a regular basis can actually damage your feet and hurt your calves, so slip into lower, more comfortable shoes whenever you can.

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