Party season is right around the corner, and after the absolute pantomime that was Christmas 2020, we can’t wait to get planning some festive nights out over the next few weeks. If you usually find that new shoes pinch and hurt your feet on the first wear, then take a look at our handy tips below to get your party shoes dancefloor-ready in no time!
Take a Break
The optimal time for wearing heels is around 4 or 5 hours if you’re walking about, or 2 hours if you’re standing still (meaning you’re putting all your weight on your poor toes for that full time). Make sure you take some breaks to sit down and take the pressure off your feet for a while during your night out.
Make Sure They’re The Right Size
Sounds a bit obvious this one doesn’t it – but not all shoes in your usual size will fit the same. Always try them on before buying if possible and ALWAYS aim to buy your shoes at the end of the day when your feet are already a bit swollen.
Break Them In
The ultimate tried and tested method. Wear your heels or formal shoes with a pair of thick socks and walk them around the house on the few days leading up to your big night out. This will help stretch them gently without ruining the shape.
Raid Your Toiletry Cupboard
A spray of your favourite deodorant doesn’t only help your shoes smell as fresh as a daisy, but it doubles up as an anti-chaffing barrier. Another great tip we’ve heard through the grapevine is to run a (dry) bar of soap over the inside sections of your shoes that hurt your feet the night or morning before you plan on wearing them. This will help soften them up and saves you having feet covered in plasters before your big night out!
Cushion, Cushion, Cushion
Says it all in the title really, if it’s comfort you’re after then cushion those shoes!! We recommend using foam pads specially made for the insides of shoes to prevent any damage, or some cushioned plasters will work just as well to protect sensitive points on your feet, like the backs of your heels or your outer toes where corns and bunions are most common.
Choose Your Style Wisely
For maximum comfort, try and opt for a pair of wedges or heels with a platform toe over pointy stilettos, as styles like these distribute weight and pressure more evenly across the soles of your feet. All the better for dancing in!
Tape your toes!
Rumour has it that if you tape your third and fourth toes together with a plaster or some soft medical tape, it helps relieve pressure from the ball of your foot.
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