10 Steps to Pain-Free Wedding Feet
We all tend to sacrifice our toes for the beautiful high heels that we dreamt about since we were little girls. But we all know the pain of badly fitting shoes! On your wedding day it's important to ensure that your feet don't let you down - nobody wants a face filled with pain when those wedding photos get printed!
With the right attitude and prep work it is easy to get the most out of your dancing feet. We have put together 10 steps for fabulous feet that will make all the difference.
Avoid pointed shoes
So you've heard of Manolo Blahnik's but have no idea what Morton's Neuroma is? This is when your toes become squeezed and irritated and lead to nerve pain in the ball of your feet. Pointed shoes also can lead to painful blisters and bunions. To avoid this make sure there is enough room to wiggle your toes in your shoes without any problems
Allowing for cool feet
Pick shoes that give your feet room to breathe and avoid the plastic options that are out there. We know it costs more, but it's best to pick leather if possible because it will keep your feet cool without getting cold feet!
Ice bucket challenge
Soak your feet in ice cold water the night before the shoe fitting and your big day, this will ease the swelling that tired feet bring (Ouch!)
Less is more
To avoid back pain the ideal heel height for your heels is 1-1.5 inches. This should give enough height for under your wedding dress and make you comfortable enough to stroll down the aisle. Nobody wants to end up face down in front of a room full of guests!
When buying in wedding shoes it's also important to invest in good insoles. They allow padding for the balls of your feet and reduce the impact on you knees. They can also be reused long after your special day.
The bigger the better
Most of us have one foot that is bigger than the other, so fit your shoe to your larger foot. This will give you the best results when walking.
Don't buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch to fit. They may give you that Cinderella moment but you will pay for it afterwards.
During the fitting process, make sure there is enough space (3/8" to 1/2") for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up. This can be tested by ensuring that there is a thumbprint between your toe and the top of the shoe when standing.
Take a trip to a podiatrist
Podiatrists are experts in the field of feet. if you have any issues with your feet they can identify were your problems lie. They can tell if you are flat footed or have high arches and what needs to be changed to alleviate pain.
Taking a break
Taking a break every 20 minutes is a must for any bride in heels. If possible try to elevate your legs to help with circulation. Utilize this time by sitting down and chatting to family and friends This way your feet will last the night even if your voice doesn't.
Bought the shoes already?
If in doubt, act like Naomi Campbell. Taping your third and fourth toe together with medical tape is an old school modelling trick. It allows for more room at the front and helps to control balance and give you a steadier strut for your wedding day.