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5 Ways to Save Your Feet From Holiday Heels

Ah, holiday high heels, the most seductive and excruciatingly painful shoes you'll wear all year. Many a brave woman has spent four hours at the office holiday party trying desperately to stand in some only semi-painful position, blinking back tears through sheer strength of will and a conviction that her butt and legs look fierce. This year, though, you don't have to be that girl who's too distracted by her blisters to work it. I've put together five ways to blister and pain-proof your feet before you go out, so no matter how unnatural the angle your foot is pitched at, you can glide around as comfortably armored as a Sherman tank. Just read more.

  • Keep your toenails clipped short and filed round at the edges. Long toenails can catch on sharply-angled toe boxes, crack from awkward pressure, and cut into your toes. Rounding nails prevents snags and accidentally impaling your other toes.
  • Put band-aids in the backs of your heels before you put them on. Better to act preemptively just in case than to end up with painful blisters.
  • Use a callus scraper, like this Heel to Toe Callus Shaver ($4) on the outside of your big toe. The callus pressing on the shoe puts pressure on your metatarsals, temporarily deforming your toe and straining the rest of your foot.
  • If there are areas on your foot you know are going to rub, coat them with an anti-rubbing agent, like Bodyglide Anti-Chafing Stick ($13) or Band-Aid Active Friction Block Stick ($7.50).
  • Try the shoes on and walk around in them for 10 minutes, observing how your feet move in them. Then, cover sensitive areas, gaps, or spots where your feet slid in thin moleskin, like this Velvetex ($4) to protect them and keep your feet stable.

Or, of course, you could just wear flats.

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any any 7 years
i love high heels!! specially for a night at a club
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I always wear flats to walk to wherever I'm going, and when I'm a block away I slip my heels on. Those flats are a lifesaver at the end of the night when I'm walking home!
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
The balls of my feet are always throbbing at the end of the night. I've tried those gel inserts but they don't seem to help. I guess I still need to find a good pair of heels with a bit of a platform..?
carbizkate carbizkate 7 years
These things all work! The key is remembering to do them though. I never really think of it until I'm walking out the door in the uncomfortable shoes. I also try to remember to stash some bandages and some of those cushy pads for under the ball of your foot in my bag. Good luck to us all!
albuquerque albuquerque 7 years
Try distributing your weight evenly between both feet. Don't lock your knees and stand with your stomach pulled in, supporting your back. A shoe with a little bit of a platform will definitely help too--even if it's only 1/2 an inch. Years and years of standing in heels all day, let me tell you...
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