Post # 1
Ok Bees, I am by far not a heel wearing chica, I am asking for your advice on how to get used to wearing heels for the big day. I have for most of my life always worn steel-toed shoes.
I have no clue how to wear heels and not have your feet hurting or cramping with in an hour of putting them on. Does it matter what the size of the sole is? (ie double or triple thick in the front)
Also I have noticed while looking for shoe ideas online they have those shoe petals (sorry if the name is wrong) has any one worn these with their shoes do they help? Or have any of you worn those dr. schoels slip in’s for your heels that Stacy from “What not to Wear” does the commercial for?
Are there other products out there that are not highly expensive that you would recomend? (Sorry about spelling)
I am totally lost Please help.
These are the shoes that I have found that I think I might be able to wear so that you have some idea as to what I might be wearing.
(pic from unknown website)
Post # 3
If you’re new to heels I’d recommend something that’s not hugely tall – the taller they are usually the more you end up with pain in the balls of your feet and heels. The Dr. Scholls slip ins do help but the best thing you can do is wear them heaps and heaps before the day so you get used to it. It’s not only your feet, but also your legs that have to get used to wearing heels. Goodluck!
Post # 4
@pixie5697: You really don’t have to wear heels for your wedding… I know many brides are choosing flats or even flip-flops for their shoes!
Honestly, heels are basically never comfortable, so you’ll probably end up taking them off at some point anyway. If you really want to wear heels though, I would suggest getting shorter ones (like under 3″) and wearing them around your house as often as possible while you’re doing chores. If your ceremony or reception happens to be in a carpeted area, you’ll probably do just fine… it seems like most women have issues with walking on hard or polished surfaces. The Dr. Scholl’s thingies definitely help ease the pain in the balls of your foot if you’re going to be wearing heels for long periods of time. They also make inserts that slip in just behind the back of your ankle/heel and those are amazing because i always get blisters back there.
It just takes practice……. and some good band-aids!
Post # 5
I have heard that the Dr. Scholls products work the best; however, I have never tried them so I don’t know from personal experience. The shoes you have picked out do not look like they would be comfortable for a very long time; the sole is too thin. I suggest finding a shoe with a thicker sole; possibly a platform. I also suggest that since you are not a “heel” person that you don’t go over a 3″ heel. The only way to get used to them is to practice wearing them. Practice 5 minutes a day to start with and then increase your time. Practice wearing them doing dishes, vacumning, etc. Also practice going up and down stairs. You will need to practice not only to be able to walk in them, but also to build up your calf muscles. You can wear taller shoes if you get the ones with a built in platform. The ones that I will be wearing have a 1/2″ platform to give more lift. It you want to see them, you can see them here.
Post # 6
Ooh I would agree with having a back up pair of comfy shoes. If you’re wearing a long gown you’ll be fine! I’ve got a pair of ballet flats that I’m changing into once the photos are done with! I plan on dancing and I want to be comfy!
Post # 7
I would go with a platform and possibly even a cute wedge. Have you thought about a kitten heel (usually 1″)?
Post # 8
There is absolutely a trick about wear heals, where really good quality heals. If you are willing to invest alittle money into your shoes, they shouldn’t hurt your feet at all. I spend good money on shoes so they don’t hurt my feet. I have several pairs that I have worn for 12 hours or more all on my feet. I don’t mean to say just because they are expensive they are good, but good shoes usually are expensive. I get alot of mine from DSW, Marshall’s, & TJ Maxx so that I don’t spend a fortune. I would def stick to brick and mortor so you can actually try every pair on. If they aren’t comfortable when you put them on, they never will be. Keep looking till you find the perfect pair that are comfortable.
Post # 9
Try a platform wedge. No one can see them under your dress and they give you that extra height while being super comfortable. These are similar to what I wore.
Post # 10
I know a lot of people who are ONLY confortable wearing heels, so it can be done. I lthink a lot of practice will help!
However, no matter WHAT shoes you are wearing to your wedding, I would recommend having a back up pair at the reception. You may not need them, but if your shoes get uncomfortable after a while, or if they happen to rub a blister on you, or if you start getting toe cramps….whatever…knowing you have another pair to change in to will be oh, so wonderful!
Post # 11
I wear heels pretty rarely…just to big events and I do have Foot Petals in most of my heels….I think they are good for protecting your heels (my heel bone sticks out a lot so i always get blisters) and they provide good grip so I dont slip out of my shoe (I have very narrow feet and this tends to be a problem)…in terms of making it completely comfortable not so much…maybe the dr scholls for women would help you out better with that.
as everyone has said I would just practice wearing them around the house…I bought a 4″ heel for a party one year and I would clean in them…so by the time the party came around I was pretty comfy wearing them. Just stay AWAY from hardwood floors! haha
Post # 12
Wow Thank you all for your advice! You all have been very helpful.
Post # 13
I don’t wear heels out all that often because I’m taller than Fiance barefoot. I do wear heels to work every day, though (I have to wear suits, and I feel weird wearing suits with flats).
My suggestion for you is to try to start with a pair of dance shoes. I started wearing heels at about age 10 for dance classes. They usually have a good strap so you don’t feel like you’re walking out of them.
Definitely go to an actual store for your first pair of heels. Walk around the store in them a few times. If they hurt before you get to the cash register, put them back.
I also like Aerosoles and Naturalizers. They can be pretty basic, but they’re good for people who don’t wear heels often.
Post # 14
Don’t make fun of me, all my friends have, but I have awful feet and found a pair similar to this by Crocs in white. They were kind of pricey but SO comfortable -and I never wear heels. Seriously – the You by Crocs line are shoes you would never guess are Crocs. Maybe there is a pair you like. http://www.crocs.com/crocs-pixie/10484,default,pd.html?cid=001&cgid=women-footwear-you
Post # 15
Ditto fiztly on the You by Crocs line. I bought my wedding flats from them on a rec of another bee, and they’re super comfy and super cute!
Post # 16
I wore wedges 🙂 They were comfortable and only about 2inches high!!