Last year, although the ‘barely there’ sandal was all the rage, I didn’t really see a design that grabbed me. Fast forward to this year and I’m in love with this 2020 take on the nude, barely-there, couple-of-strips-of-leather-and-that’s-your-lot sandal… I can’t wait for Spring to come around so I can wear these on repeat, but, if like me, your feet have been cosy in chunky boots and trainers all winter and the thought of getting your tootsies out on show and pouring them into high heels scares the living daylights out of you, here are my top 5 hacks on how to wear high heels and how to get your feet back into a heel. (With literally hundreds of pairs in my shoe collection, I think I’m qualified to give a certain amount of advice!) ⠀
1. Start with the regular monthly pedicures NOW – it’s going take more than one trip the salon (or DIY if that’s your thing) to get them into presentable shape! Also, you want to make sure you’ve really got rid of as much hard skin build up as you can – it’ll make wearing heels much less painful. [ I’d really recommend the Footner Exfoliating Socks for baby soft smooth feet ].
2. Maybe swap out your 100mm heels for 85mm? 75mm? Perhaps 60mm? Even for the evening, this height is perfectly acceptable and sexy enough, but the slightly lower heel height will make your shoes infinitely more wearable without the pain – and added bonus – 85mm is a much more acceptable height for daytime so you’ll get double wear out of the same shoes. Most designers, even Christian Louboutin, known for his skyscraper heels, are doing the exact same design in different heel heights to give us gals some options.
3. Be realistic and pick the right shape shoe for your foot. So you’ve been lusting after the Balenciaga knife shoe but you have quite a square shaped foot? You KNOW you’re asking for trouble. It’s time to put comfort on a level pegging with style, especially if you have known foot problems or if you’re intending to wear the shoes all day. Find your style and try to stick to it for the mainstay of your wardrobe – for example, Manolo Blahnik (Hangisi), Valentino & Gianvito Rossi shoes are some of the most comfortable high heels on my feet, so I buy quite a few shoes from these designers.
4. Thick platform soles may not be the height of fashion right now (pun intended) but consider a very thin, almost invisible platform à la LK Bennet courts as it’ll increase the comfort and wearability factor exponentially! [Side note – I will never not wear my multiple pairs of Saint Laurent Tributes; quite possibly the most comfortable high heels ever made – I’ve even run down Jermyn Street in them when we were late to Tramps and I thought we were going to miss the New Year’s Eve gongs!]
5. Obviously, invest in multiple padded gel inserts as they really make a difference. But be aware they they can decrease the effective space in your shoe by half a size, so make sure to allow for that. And a quirky bonus tip: taping your third and fourth toes together can make all the difference in dancing the night away or hobbling home! Did you know that? If you read to the end of this post, hopefully you’ve learned something new – leave me a comment below to let me know.
Hope you find this useful and please feel free to add your tips and hacks in the comments below.
*this post originally appeared on my instagram but I had requests for this to be up on my blog so here it is.
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