I know that sometimes women complain about wearing heels. And I get it. They can be uncomfortable, they might slow you down, sometimes they’re not practical. But, they also can have a huge positive effect! They make me feel confident and they pull an outfit together the way nothing else can. Plus, I get an extra few inches of height which is welcome for this 5’3″ gal!
I wear heels 2-3 days a week at my job. It’s a business casual environment and I’m the only woman in my office, so there’s not a real clear precedent of what kinds of shoes to wear. But I figure as long as I look nice and remain conservative with my heel style/height, I can’t really go wrong. Along the way, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks for wearing heels.
- Make sure you’re wearing the right size. Other shoes may have some wiggle room, but heels really do need to fit perfectly to your foot. Don’t buy heels that are too tight because they will pinch your toes and be unbearable by the end of the day. On the other hand, don’t wear loose pumps; there is nothing worse than having to clomp around in your heels because they’re not fitted well.
- Wear a thicker heel for stability. Chunky heels, block heels, or wedges are easiest to walk in. Not only does it help with balance, but the substantial heel also ensures that pressure from your footsteps is evenly distributed. This is super helpful for walking on uneven surfaces, such as grass or cobblestone.
- Resole slick shoes. I have taken a few of my favorite shoes into a cobbler. They can replace the bottoms with a heavy-duty rubber that increases grip, makes walking much easier, and quiets them down significantly. It makes SUCH a huge difference! It often costs me about $30-40 per pair, so I only use this for heels that I wear often or ones that I know will last me a while. It is so worth it! But, if you need a quicker fix….
- Use temporary heel protecting tips. Rubber covers slide right over your existing heel tips and make such a huge difference! They offer more stability on slick floors, protect the surface on rough terrain, and significantly quiet the sound of your shoes against the floor (really helpful in my office!). I’ve purchased two different brands of heel tips and am satisfied with both. This one offers a range of sizes, which can be helpful if you want to use them on multiple different kinds of shoes. This one offers a lower price for a more specific size. Both give you a few color options. I have noticed that both can get a little squeaky as they get older, but because they’re so cheap I don’t mind repurchasing every 4-5 months or so.
These tips are just a few ways to make heels work for you. And it’s so worth it! Wearing heels is one of my favorite ways to easily complete an outfit and feel more confident and fashion-forward. I’d love to hear your tips and suggestions in the comments!