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How to Walk In and Wear High Heels Without Pain and Blistering

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I used to wear high heels almost every single day. Then I moved to a city which requires walking everywhere (usually uphill) and I got tired of dealing with the pain of wearing heels so I switched to flatter shoes. I admit, I miss the high heels sometimes. Luckily, I've learned a few tricks along the way that make it more comfortable to wear high heels even when you have to do a lot of walking. If you buy the right shoes and wear them correctly, you should be able to wear high heels regularly without causing yourself a lot of pain and blistering.

Here are some tips for wearing high heels with more comfort:

  • Make sure that you get high heels that fit. The number one reason that people feel pain or get blisters or abrasions from their high heels is that they have shoes that aren't the right size. Measure your feet. Make sure your shoes aren't too big or too small. If they aren't the right size, it doesn't matter how cute they are.
  • Wear thin socks or stockings with your high heels. Bare feet are more likely to get damaged walking around in high heels than are feet that have a thin layer of fabric to protect them.
  • Choose high heels that aren't too high. There are heels and then there are HIGH heels. Skip the ones that are too tall for you and you'll avoid a lot of the pain that comes from wearing these shoes. The test that you're supposed to follow is to stand up in the high heels with your legs straight. Then go up on your tip toes as high as you can. There should be about an inch of space between the heel and the floor. If there's not then the heels are too high and you're going to hurt. You can get high heels that have a platform under the toe to keep the height but reduce the amount of pain you experience.
  • Choose heels that aren't too narrow. Yes, stilettos are sexy, but they are also the most painful heels to wear. Consider choosing high heels that are a little bit thicker and provide more support for your feet.
  • Break them in at home. You shouldn't buy a new pair of high heels and then wear them out for a night of dancing or a day at the office. You should buy them and spend a few hours with them on around the house. This will help to break them in but will let you take them off within a reasonable period of time. Your feet will thank you.
  • Stand up straight and walk in a straight line. The worse your posture and walking habits are, the worse pain you're going to experience when wearing high heels. This is especially true over time since this can cause unusual wear on the shoes.
  • Wear foot pads or insoles inside of the high heels. There are even some that are specifically designed to be used with high heels to reduce blistering and pain.
  • Spend some money. Not all cheap shoes are going to hurt and not all expensive shoes are going to be comfortable but it's true that more often than not you're going to find that expensive high heels are made of a higher quality and will provide you with more comfort.
  • Buy lots of shoes! You are more likely to get blisters and experience pain from high heels if you wear the same pair every single day. Change out your shoes often. Go between heels, flats and sneakers. Choose heels of varying sizes.
  • Take care of your feet. When you aren't wearing shoes, you should be taking good care of your feet. Foot soaks, foot massages and general foot care will help to keep your feet healthy and less prone to pain when wearing high heels.

Comments

Kathleen D. on March 08, 2016:

Nothing seems to turn a guy on so much as legs covered in sheer black nylon along with stiletto heels. I prefer classic umps with at least a 4 inch heel or ankle strap styles. I love to wear them on dates.

Laura Schneider from Minnesota, USA on September 02, 2013:

Good article! It sounds, from the comments, like this common sense isn't common at all. Wish I could wear less-pointy, open-toed shoes to work, but sadly closed-toe heels are required for me (which means "pointy" is my only option in the stores). I'm not a fan of peep-toes, however, either so don't think I'm favoring that look: all the force of the heel is then pushed onto the tops of your toes. Eeks. I like close-toed, then I can even stick a kleenex in the toe if my shoes stretch too much and get loose throughout the day. Nothing like climbing stairs or hills and having your heel pop right out of your shoe every other step! LOL Good job--thanks for the article!

bgmoore on June 25, 2013:

This is so useful! Glad I found it ... Whose shoes are those at the top (the green beaded sandal pumps)? They are gorgeous!!!

Angusaxon from Right here! on July 23, 2012:

I just fell for the picture at the top. I express bottomless gratitude to you women who take the extra effort to wear high heels. God bless you. I will post a link to your hub on my blog;

angusaxon.blogspot.com

high heels on May 09, 2012:

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Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on March 24, 2012:

I love your tips, thanks! :)

bmukherjii on February 12, 2012:

it is a very common problem specially for them who love wearing high heels.but wearing stockings before that seems a good solution for me

sami on January 26, 2012:

omg i had to where heels to day it was not fun but when i read this site this was like a mirical. thank you

Dorothee-Gy from near Frankfurt/M., Germany on January 18, 2012:

Great tips! I have started to wear higher heels in the last few years and I really love the ones that have a slight plateau, which makes the heel look higher as it really is. I can only agree to change shoes often, and to switch from higher to lower heels.

My experience is also that shoes with higher heels should have a little more material to them, if there's only a very thin strap to hold your whole weight, the strain on your foot is tremendous.

Thanks for writing this hub, I love shoes and I would have never thought that they could be a topic!

Duromax Generator on December 29, 2011:

I don't get the chance to wear heels too often, but these tips will be very helpful for when I do wear them!

danielle lutz on December 11, 2011:

Great tips! Ladies also check out Sole Goddess- Blister Protection Foot Balm. You can walk for hours in comfort and it really prevents blisters!

Dawn on November 29, 2011:

These are great tips but women should also check out Flat Out of Heels rollable flats, you put them on after heels start to hurt your feet, they even come with a cute bag to carry your heels! www.FlatOutofHeels.com

Linda on October 10, 2011:

I wear high heel maryjanes to work barefooted. The highest I wear are 3 in. I like look and comfort. I have not gotten any blisters barefooted and wear them everyday even when it cold out.

vannah on October 10, 2011:

I'm a flip flop kind of girl. I live in FL so its almost never an issue, cept when I go to work. I work at a high end fashion boutique and I am required to wear heels. They don't have to be high heels but then must be in style and fashionable. I have flat feet and have worn flip flops 90% of my life, I am not accustom to wearing heels. after standing for 6-7 hours at a time in heels, I'm in a lot of pain and have blisters by the end of my shift. I will take these tips with high regard. Hopefully they will work.

chelseacharleston on September 11, 2011:

Good stuff. I will definitely be implementing some of these tips soon!

briharn from New Jersey on September 06, 2011:

Thanks for the tips! Starting new job means wearing heels and I was dreading the blisters to come! useful!

cowtowngirl77 on August 09, 2011:

Thanks for these tips. I have not worn high heels in 10 years and do wish I could.

whitton on August 02, 2011:

Nice tips. I do not know if I will ever be able to wear heels everyday because lack of c ordination and experiencing falling over too many times. Heels are so stylish and look adorable with so many different outfits. Thanks for the Hub.

SHAJEEL on July 13, 2011:

Nice hub, Nice tips and information

jessicab from Alabama on April 23, 2011:

Good tips because I sort of gave up wearing heels because of my back. Great hub.

jorja kick from southeast georgia on April 22, 2011:

I keep coming back and reading this again,but then I love heels..

I love this hub..

great information..I really want the heels in the picture (green)!!!

jorja

mysisters on March 28, 2011:

Great Hub. These are some great tips for how to wear high heels without any pain and blistering. I agree with your tip that when you are not wearing high heels to make sure you take care of your feet with foot soaks and massages. Very important!

funmontrealgirl from Montreal on March 22, 2011:

Grateful for finally wearing my heels since I'm a slippers-sandals kind of girl. Wish I could do it right. Thank you for this hub.

Klena from England on January 02, 2011:

What a fabulously, informative hub! My partner constantly mocks me for my inability to wear heels but I see now that I've been doing it wrong!

The main problem I have is that I walk and rock out on my (actual) heels so I wear the (shoe) heels down to a slant. But I'll just have to practice some more.

Thank you for writing this! :)

judy on August 15, 2010:

will remember the tips next time i'am shopping for high heels

lydk on August 03, 2010:

Thanks for the wonderful tips! I'm going to keep them in mind when I go shopping for heels ;)

Sarika Mehra on July 01, 2010:

very cool tips ,its sometime hard to know how to pick right shoes.thanks for your wonderful tips.

lxd35 on June 03, 2010:

Any excuse to buy lots of shoes is good for me! =) Thanks for the hub!

lilly_dens on May 11, 2010:

thanks for the tips. That's one reason why I don't wear high heels because at the end of the day, i got blisters or my feet are sore. nice hub!

DXmusic on April 15, 2010:

Well, wearing heels is the most difficult work to do according to me, but it looks cool and its necessary for working women.... now my problem is resolved i'll to find out more comfortable heels.

Thanks..

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on January 14, 2010:

Kathryn Vercillo, Nice Hub! Great helpful shoe tips! Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

Lorna Lorraine from Croydon on June 22, 2009:

I will never look at high heels the same way again. Thank you for such an insightful blog, and I will make sure to do the 1" off the ground test.

Judy Cullins from La Mesa, CA on August 05, 2008:

Thanks for the tips on heels. I think I have 2 pair left after many years of trying and suffering. Today it's orthodics-and still trying to maintain some style. I just put them in my Clark sandals and they are great for walking a lot. I take them on all my trips to, soon to New York City.

JudyCullins, www.bookcoaching.com

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on August 01, 2008:

Good advice - especially the part 'buy lots of shoes'. Thanks

veganbev from San Francisco on July 30, 2008:

Thanks Kathryn! I made the mistake of breaking them in at a conference. Ouch. Next time, I'll be sure to follow your advice. Nicole, I'm from Chicago, too! I've certainly bought my share of CVS flip flops while walking around downtown in heels.

MasonsMom from U.S.A. on July 30, 2008:

I don't get the chance to wear heels too often, but these tips will be very helpful for when I do wear them!

Nicole A. Winter from Chicago, IL on July 30, 2008:

Thank-you so much for publishing this hub.  My boyfriend loves me in heels & I want to accommodate him, but it's difficult, we live in Chicago and it involves a lot of walking & public transportation.  I'm going to try your tips out and I know for sure what to look for from now on when he drags me to the shoe store.  ;)  (Seriously, he's made me love buying shoes, I love it now, I kid about him dragging me into the shoe store.)

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