5 Tips For Avoiding Pain In Your Wedding Shoes
Here are my top 5 tips for avoiding pain in your wedding shoes.
Around 90 percent of brides will wear heels on their wedding day but much less than a quarter of those brides are used to wearing heels all day. Lets face it ladies even for those who routinely wear stilettos every day, your wedding day is a whole different ball game! You will possibly have your heels on from 10am the morning of your wedding until 3am the morning after, thats a possible 16 hours!! So its best to be as prepared as possible lest you want to end up crippled and covered in blisters!
Any of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook will know that I have a huge love affair with heels, and proper high ones. Being a little vertically challenged and simply for the love of shoes I have grinned through the pain on more occasions than I’d like to count, seen more blisters and plasters than I care to recall and tried every trick in the book so I can share the ones that work with you.
1. When buying your shoes avoid cheap hard plastic or rubber shoes. This is for 2 reasons. First of all they arent breathable meaning your feet will sweat more causing friction and therefore you guessed it, blisters. Second of all they will not soften meaning you cant stretch them out and also along with the sweat and friction the hard edges are likely to dig into your feet cutting them.
2. You will need to break them in. Believe me the last thing you want to do is wear a brand new pair of shoes the day of your wedding. You will need to be wearing them around the house for several weeks before hand to soften them and mould them to your feet, this also means you can address any problems like pinching or rubbing before the big day. A quick way to break them in is to wear them with socks and blast them with a hairdryer. If you’re worried about scuffing the soles on your kitcen tiles use an old stylist trick and tape the soles with masking tape which you can remove the night before so no one will ever know they’ve been out of the box.
3. Even in your good shoes your feet will still sweat and swell a little throughout the day. To help combat this and any blisters it might lead to keep talcom powder or spray deodorant in a convenient and easy to get to spot and apply it as needed throughout the day, the hotel reception desk would be a good place as it means the guests can’t get to it to use it up on you. If you naturally perspire a lot soak your feet in epsom salts the morning of your wedding, when you’re getting you’re hair and make up done maybe, this will help to dry them out for the day.
4. Gel insoles ladies. If you haven’t become acquainted with them you are about to enter into a great friendship. They stick to the insoles of your shoes right where the ball of your foot sits. They are particularly great for shoes with no platform as they cushion the ball of your foot and also have a cooling effect to help ease any burning sensation you might get.
5. You might think I sound crazy but trust me you’ll thank me for this one. To alleviate pain in the ball of your foot tape your third and fourth toes together, counting from your big toe. I’ve found that nude medical tape is best. The reason this works is that there is a nerve that splits between those two toes that causes pain when pressure is put on it. The tape removes the strain on the nerve, therefore it causes no pain.
Let me know if you plan on trying any of these or if you have tried them. Have you any tips that I havent heard of? Leave them below in the comments. Thanks for reading.
By Zita Kelly
Writer, stylist and blogger at ZeeRailed
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