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All Night In Heels: Survival Guide

Who’s ended up taking their heels off before the end of the evening?

Heels are a woman’s best friends and worst enemies all rolled into one. We can’t be without them, but at the end of the night, that’s usually all we want. This doesn’t mean we have to give up on our favourite heels. Try our top tips next time you’re planning a night out.

Before buying a pair of heels:

Do the heel elevation test

Heels being too high for us is one of the biggest causes of pain. So when you’re standing in the shoe shop make sure you do this one crucial heel height test before you buy.

Stand up straight while wearing the heels, making sure your knees are straight. Stand on your tiptoes and attempt to lift yourself up out of the heels by about an inch. If you can do this, the heels are the correct height for you. If you can’t, they are too high.

Before going out in your new heels:

Test drive your new shoes

You may feel daft, but wearing your shoes around the house for a few hours a day will help you get used to them, and help them get used to you. Your new shoes will be able to gradually mould to your feet properly, helping to prevent them from rubbing painfully on your night out.

Spray your feet with deodorant

The deodorant is not for preventing smells, but to prevent the sweating itself. Less sweating will mean increased friction between your skin and the inside of your shoe, which will prevent painful blisters from forming.

Insert stick-in foot cushions or gel insoles

Gel inserts can help distribute your weight more evenly, and prevent burning pressure points from developing. These inserts also help stop your feet from sliding too far forward in your shoes, preventing your poor toes from being crushed.

If you struggle with gel cushions or insoles, cushioned tights with padded soles are a great alternative.

While you’re out:

Carry plasters

Sometimes all that dancing is too much for your feet, and those blisters start to make themselves at home. For those painful occasions, make sure you always have a few fabric plasters on hand so you can provide some cushioning relief and continue dancing into the night.

Take sneaky flats

There’s no reason why you can’t take flats with you on a night out. All that’s required is a very flat pair of shoes (ballet pumps or flip flops are best for this)

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