How To: High Heels, part 1

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The other night I wore the big heels.

I’ve been wearing heels my whole life. I like the way they look yeah but I wouldn’t wear them if they weren’t comfortable and walkable. I know, no one believes me because people are always astounded that I can run, jump, skip and just plain walk in them. It’s easy but I feel confident in saying that it’s important to follow a few rules. So, I felt it was time to share my secrets. Let’s break it down. First secret: fit.

All high heels are NOT the same. Here’s how to figure out the differences between “I can dance in these all night” and “These are bitchin’ to look at but damn these mofos are painful”.

  • The right sized toe box: If you stand on your toes when you’re barefoot, that whole part of your foot that you’re standing on, from the ball of your foot to the tip of your toe, has to be on the floor in your shoes. If it’s at an angle, that’s where I feel strongly that most people go wrong. If it’s is not resting flat on the floor, you’re gonna spend your whole night (or day) overcompensating for being pitched forward. Plus you won’t be able to help it but you’ll keep sliding forward and your toes are gonna get all cramped and angry and you’re gonna be a bitch all night cause your feet hurt.
  • The right shaped lastt: I’ve got these long ass feet with narrow heels and skinny spaghetti long toes (thanks, dad). Plus they’re flat. Some shoes fit, some don’t. Love Manolo Blahnik but can’t wear him. He makes a shoe for a plump foot with a nice arch. Prada and Miu Miu on the other hand? I swear I’m her foot model. Fit like a dream. The shoes with the most amazing last, however? Jacques Rousseau. I have a pair of his four inch high open toes booties and I swear I’m not lying when I say that they feel like flats. Sometimes I have to look down just to check. Oh, and buy by fit not by size. You might wear one size in a boot, another size in a sandal, another size in a pump.
  • Leather uppers, at the least: They stretch, they mold, they breathe. I can wear synthetics but the leather shoes feel more comfortable the longer I wear them while the synthetics have no give.
  • Rubber soles and heel tips: I slap on rubber soles and heels as soon as I buy a pair of shoes. Not only do the protect the shoes from weather and help them wear longer but they add a bit of extra cushioning. And rubber heels have a lot more grip than those cheap plastic tips that pretty much all shoes come with. So I’m a lot less likely to have my feet fly out from under me while I land squarely on my ass. It only had to happen once with those plastic heel tips for me to learn.

Okay, now that I feel confident that you’ve got yourself some comfortable shoes, I’ll share with you all about walking in part 2, coming soon.

I’ve been wearing heels my whole life. I like the way they look yeah but I wouldn’t wear them if they weren’t comfortable and walkable. I know, no one believes me because people are always astounded that I can run, jump, skip and just plain walk in them. It’s easy but I feel confident in saying that it’s important to follow a few rules. So, I felt it was time to share my secrets. Let’s break it down. First secret: fit.

All high heels are NOT the same. Here’s how to figure out the differences between “I can dance in these all night” and “These are bitchin’ to look at but damn these mofos are painful”.

  • The right sized toe box: If you stand on your toes when you’re barefoot, that whole part of your foot that you’re standing on, from the ball of your foot to the tip of your toe, has to be on the floor in your shoes. If it’s at an angle, that’s where I feel strongly that most people go wrong. If it’s is not resting flat on the floor, you’re gonna spend your whole night (or day) overcompensating for being pitched forward. Plus you won’t be able to help it but you’ll keep sliding forward and your toes are gonna get all cramped and angry and you’re gonna be a bitch all night cause your feet hurt.
  • The right shaped lastt: I’ve got these long ass feet with narrow heels and skinny spaghetti long toes (thanks, dad). Plus they’re flat. Some shoes fit, some don’t. Love Manolo Blahnik but can’t wear him. He makes a shoe for a plump foot with a nice arch. Prada and Miu Miu on the other hand? I swear I’m her foot model. Fit like a dream. The shoes with the most amazing last, however? Jacques Rousseau. I have a pair of his four inch high open toes booties and I swear I’m not lying when I say that they feel like flats. Sometimes I have to look down just to check. Oh, and buy by fit not by size. You might wear one size in a boot, another size in a sandal, another size in a pump.
  • Leather uppers, at the least: They stretch, they mold, they breathe. I can wear synthetics but the leather shoes feel more comfortable the longer I wear them while the synthetics have no give.
  • Rubber soles and heel tips: I slap on rubber soles and heels as soon as I buy a pair of shoes. Not only do the protect the shoes from weather and help them wear longer but they add a bit of extra cushioning. And rubber heels have a lot more grip than those cheap plastic tips that pretty much all shoes come with. So I’m a lot less likely to have my feet fly out from under me while I land squarely on my ass. It only had to happen once with those plastic heel tips for me to learn.

Okay, now that I feel confident that you’ve got yourself some comfortable shoes, I’ll share with you all about walking in part 2, coming soon.

I’ve been wearing heels my whole life. I like the way they look yeah but I wouldn’t wear them if they weren’t comfortable and walkable. I know, no one believes me because people are always astounded that I can run, jump, skip and just plain walk in them. It’s easy but I feel confident in saying that it’s important to follow a few rules. So, I felt it was time to share my secrets. Let’s break it down. First secret: fit.

All high heels are NOT the same. Here’s how to figure out the differences between “I can dance in these all night” and “These are bitchin’ to look at but damn these mofos are painful”.

  • The right sized toe box: If you stand on your toes when you’re barefoot, that whole part of your foot that you’re standing on, from the ball of your foot to the tip of your toe, has to be on the floor in your shoes. If it’s at an angle, that’s where I feel strongly that most people go wrong. If it’s is not resting flat on the floor, you’re gonna spend your whole night (or day) overcompensating for being pitched forward. Plus you won’t be able to help it but you’ll keep sliding forward and your toes are gonna get all cramped and angry and you’re gonna be a bitch all night cause your feet hurt.
  • The right shaped lastt: I’ve got these long ass feet with narrow heels and skinny spaghetti long toes (thanks, dad). Plus they’re flat. Some shoes fit, some don’t. Love Manolo Blahnik but can’t wear him. He makes a shoe for a plump foot with a nice arch. Prada and Miu Miu on the other hand? I swear I’m her foot model. Fit like a dream. The shoes with the most amazing last, however? Jacques Rousseau. I have a pair of his four inch high open toes booties and I swear I’m not lying when I say that they feel like flats. Sometimes I have to look down just to check. Oh, and buy by fit not by size. You might wear one size in a boot, another size in a sandal, another size in a pump.
  • Leather uppers, at the least: They stretch, they mold, they breathe. I can wear synthetics but the leather shoes feel more comfortable the longer I wear them while the synthetics have no give.
  • Rubber soles and heel tips: I slap on rubber soles and heels as soon as I buy a pair of shoes. Not only do the protect the shoes from weather and help them wear longer but they add a bit of extra cushioning. And rubber heels have a lot more grip than those cheap plastic tips that pretty much all shoes come with. So I’m a lot less likely to have my feet fly out from under me while I land squarely on my ass. It only had to happen once with those plastic heel tips for me to learn.

Okay, now that I feel confident that you’ve got yourself some comfortable shoes, I’ll share with you all about walking in part 2, coming soon.

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