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Six ways to make high heels more comfortable

Here are some tips for making your feet more comfortable on your big day!
Photo by Gustavo Caballero

As you prepare for the big day, one important thing to consider is your comfort. And a key aspect of that is taking care of your feet!

High heels can make you feel beautiful as you walk down the aisle, but they can also be painful and very uncomfortable.

Here are some tips, however, to make your feet as comfortable as possible!

1. Check the heel placement

If the heel of your shoe is too far back, your weight won't be supported properly. The center line of your heel should be directly under the center of your own heel. Chunky heels do this automatically, but you'll need to check for thinner ones.

2. Use insoles or find thick soles

Gel insoles can really help out your feet. They can prevent your toes from scrunching and will prevent blisters. They will also make your feet more comfortable while walking on hard surfaces. Gel inserts will stick inside your shoes, but can be easily removed--it's also recommended to replace them every six months. If the sole of the shoe is fairly thick already, consider ball or toe inserts, since the ball of your foot suffers most when wearing heels. These won't make your shoes tighter, either.

3. Use moleskin

It's not actual moleskin! This is actually soft cotton flannel with adhesive backing, which you can customize by cutting any way you need to. It can cover any trouble spots you have on your feet and works better than a bandage.

4. Go up a half size

Either consider going up a half size when shopping for heels, or shop at the end of the day when your feet are at their biggest. If you've bought shoes that are a bit tight, you can either take them to a cobbler to have them stretched or buy a shoe stretcher. A slightly roomier heel will be much more comfortable.

5. Think about your posture

According to Tyra Banks, keep your head and spine straight, as if you're being pulled up by a string. Use your hips to shift and lift your legs to the center as you walk. Your paces should look like a light bounce.

6. Shoe security

If you're going to be on your feet all day, find shoes that will stay securely on your feet. The easier it is for your shoes to come off, the harder it is to walk in them. Loose shoes often make you drag your feet as you try to keep them on.

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