We’ve all been there. You’ve fallen for a pair of shoes, brought them home and taken them on their first outing, only to discover that they are small instruments of torture for your soft, supple feet. Blister-induced hobbling or wincing from throbbing soles is never chic, so follow our tips to ensure happy feet at all times.
FIRST, ENSURE THE RIGHT FIT….
1. Measure up
Many people assume that their feet stop growing as teenagers, but this isn’t always the case. Most high-street shoe shops can provide an accurate measurement, and if one foot is larger than the other, always be sure to buy the bigger size. The recommended fit is the width of your thumb between your toe and the end of the shoe, or an index finger at the back of your heel. Shoe and boot sizes can vary between brands so we always recommend trying a size up or down if there’s any doubt over the fit. You may be desperate to squeeze into those sample sale Rupert Sandersons, but step away if they’re not the right size.
2. Try on shoes at the end of the day
Feet can swell throughout the day, sometimes adding an extra half size. Trying shoes on at the end of the day as opposed to in the morning will ensure they fit when your feet are at their largest.
BUT IF THEY’RE STILL CAUSING YOU PAIN…
3. Prep them
Before you take your shoes on their first outing, try wearing them around the house with a thicker pair of socks. For leather shoes, some people also recommend heating the shoes with a hairdryer to soften the leather and allow them to stretch to the correct shape for your foot.
4. Tape up your toes
No, we’re not advocating the ancient Chinese practice of foot binding, but a trick often used by models wearing high heels on the catwalk is to tape your third and fourth toes together with surgical tape. This eases pressure on the nerves and prevents that all too familiar ache in the ball of your foot, at least for a little longer.
5. Party feet
The Bazaar team swears by these little gel pillows, which can be applied to the back of the shoe where it rubs or under the ball of the foot for extra cushioning.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK