You’ve found it. Some would describe it as a moment of divine coincidence, that it was fate that you would inevitably run into it at some point in your life… some would even say it was like casting your gaze on the Holy Grail, seeing it propped upon a pedestal in all its glory.
Or you could just say that you found your perfect pair of wedding heels.
But wait! The adage, “The cuter the heel, the more painful it is to wear“, definitely rings a little too true for us as we begin to wonder how much these heels are going to kill our feet.
And something that is constantly a pet peeve of mine is when I see girls wobbling around in heels like newborn colts, because it 1) indicates that their heel height is too high and 2) they aren’t accustomed to walking in heels that tall, so what are they even doing with them in the first place?!? I get it — sometimes, a pair of shoes is just too damn cute to resist. But before you wear them out, get blisters all over your feet, and inevitably regret buying those devilishly cute heels, take the time to follow these tips and break in your heels with tender, loving care. It could take a while, but the fact that you will be able to wear these shoes as a long-term investment should definitely have you jumping for joy.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
To know whether or not you can walk in the heels of your dreams comfortably and confidently, you must first learn how to walk in heels in the first place. A lot of ladies might roll their eyes, thinking that they already know how to wear heels — if you do, kudos to you! If you feel more like a baby giraffe than a lady about to stomp on hearts with her heel, then just follow these guidelines:
- If you’re beginning to wear heels for the first time, ALWAYS start off small first. Start with kitten heels or 1-2 inches, and then slowly work your way up. No reason to trip and fall and break your neck in a pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos, no matter how fabulous they might be. Plus, the arch of your feet might not be accustomed to 3 or 4 inches of extra height, so get your feet slowly used to wearing heels.
- When in doubt for sizes, I find that erring on the side of small is better than going large. When you go small, it’s true that you risk getting all sorts of nasty, pinched areas and whatnot. However, that can be rectified by proper breaking in and stretching of the shoe. When you go large, it’s a lot harder to shrink your shoes and your feet will end up sliding all over the place.
- Straighten your back and then walk heel-to-toe. Otherwise, you’ll look like a stomping baby dinosaur (why am I using so many animal similes?), and it won’t be a fun trip for you OR your heels. Sand the bottom of your heels if you feel like you need some extra grip and don’t want to go face-planting on the marble floor.
Good? Feeling like you can nail these down? Good! Moving on to how you can really break in your heels.
Wear Socks with Your Heels
Thought this trend was just a Clueless throwback? Nope! Socks can actually help you break in heels better because it’ll protect your feet from rubbing and developing blisters, allowing you to walk a lot longer. Just be sure to wear socks that aren’t too thin (otherwise your shoes won’t stretch at all) or too thick (otherwise they might stretch too much!). This is more of a gradual, slower method, so be sure to start early if you want ample time to break in your heels before the big day!