Pleasure & pain: Why heels matter so much in fashion

Heels perfectly gather all fashion’s elements: art, innovation, aspiration, alchemy

Mimi Raad

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Marilyn Monroe said: “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”

Heels are an integral part of a woman’s outfit.

‘Wearing all those incredible amazing high heeled shoes is a tough challenge and teetering on them as if wearing the coziest and softest pair of slippers is an art that has a price.

Heels are a means of expression that provides daily doses of inspiration in a creative workplace. They perfectly gather all fashion’s elements: art, innovation, aspiration, alchemy.

They can make a woman not just taller, but leaner and sexier. They improve the posture, and make clothes look better. You could be wearing your hottest outfit, and still feel like in gym clothes until you step into a heel. Just observe women around you wearing their heels and the strut they provide trying to channel their best selves. They look confident and sway in their steps.

We take for granted the fact that we are capable of walking and using our senses. Alas, one little small pocket of fluid within the upper layers of the skin, typically caused by forceful rubbing, burning or freezing can ruin our whole mood.

Do you realize the torture we impose to our feet? Vertiginous heels, uncomfortable mold, rough leathers, pointed extremities, harsh elastics, cutting edges… I think that no fashionista has impeccable toes and feet. Some of these fashionistas- equilibrists inject their heels and soles with Botox to plump up the ball of the foot…Modern medicine gave women the opportunity to keep their alluring allure on heels without suffering their downside.


Those few tips will help women keep their swaying gait and glamorous look without having to go through the painful repercussions:

In order to have a stable step when walking with heels, put your heel down first, followed by your toe and look at your goal point and visualize a straight line going toward your end point, rather than looking down at your heels as you walk; and while you’re at it, make your stride shorter than the normal.

To avoid your worst fear, blisters, rub a small dab of Vaseline on the backs of your ankles, the bottoms of your heels, and along the sides of your toe bones before slipping your feet into your shoes.

Wrap a simple piece of medical tape around your third and fourth toes (counting from your big toe) to help give your foot added stability, and take some of the painful pressure off the ball of your foot.

Make sure when you buy a new pair of high heels shoes, they have extra padding under the ball of your foot which ensures your heels to be less painful. You can buy Dr. Scholl’s inserts to stuff in your heels.

One more thing before buying those tittering heels, try to raise yourself on your toes so there’s at least an inch of space under the heels. If this is not possible, your heels are too high and not appropriate for you.

If your shoes are tight, fill plastic sandwich bags with water, then insert them into the shoes, put them in the freezer, and leave them there overnight. As the water turns to ice, it expands, thus stretching out the fabric of your beloved heels.

At the end of the day, when you are done wearing your heels, spend a few minutes giving yourself a foot massage. Use a tennis ball and massage under your foot in a few different directions.