How to Wear High Heels without Pain

Is there a thing in the world that can improve an outfit better than high heels? Probably not. According to a great number of women (and even a greater number of guys!) high heels are the sexiest accessory a woman can wear.

Unfortunately, it comes with a price. Swollen and painful feet, blisters, and ache in your knees, hips, and spine, are only some of the negative consequences of wearing high heels every day.

Luckily, there are some tips and tricks how to reduce these symptoms.

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Choose the Right Size

Do not be lazy and measure your feet. Sometimes, your feet size may change. Also, your left and right foot don’t have to be the same size. There is nothing worse than shoes that are too small for our feet. And for the love of God, do not purchase heels that are too small for you only because you like the model.

Remember the pain Monica experienced when she HAD to buy those boots, although Chandler told her not to do that?

Wear Shoes with Thicker Heel

Shoes with thicker heels are way more stable and comfortable than stilettos. Sure, stilettos look gorgeous, but ask yourself – are they really worth it?! Especially if you are planning on wearing the pair every day.

Take a Break

Long relaxing walks can quickly turn into long and slow torture if you’re wearing your stilettos and aren’t mindful of your feet. To avoid that, make sure to take breaks even if your feet do not hurt just yet. This will significantly ease the discomfort.

Stretch Your Feet Every Once in a While

At work, take off your shoes and stretch your feet. This will increase the blood flow, reduce the swelling and pain.

Buy Shoes with Lower Heels

This is the advice that we girls hate on principle, but the truth is – lower heels hurt far less than high stilettos.

Wear Silicone Pads

Currently, there are dozens of different pads on the market, and the one thing they have in common is easing the pain caused by high heels. In most cases, a front section of the foot is what hurts the most. If this is the case with you, you should purchase metatarsal pads.

Choose Platforms over Thin Soles

Thin soles are equivalent for pain in the front, metatarsal area of your foot. To avoid this discomfort, go for the platforms.

Buy Shoes with Ankle Strap

Boots during the winter or sandals with straps during the summer is what will probably increase the stability of the shoe and reduce discomfort and pain. If you are prone to blisters, choose shoes with thicker and softer straps.


Yes, the tape. Taping the third and fourth toe together will help you reduce the pain especially if you are wearing stilettos.


When it comes to high heels, we all have mixed feelings. We love the feeling of power but hate the pain. Luckily there are some tricks that can help us at least reduce the inconvenience of spending the entire day in high heels.

However, the bottom line is, if you want to wear high heels without pain, do not wear them every day. Give your feet time to rest. In the end, it does not matter what we wear, but how we feel.


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