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    How To Wear High Heels Without Killing Your Feet

    Wear the heel — don't let it wear you.

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    Educate yourself on the different types of heels.

    Check out this handy infographic on protecting your feet.

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    Know the essential types of heels out there.

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    Black pumps: Christian Louboutin

    Neutral pumps: Manolo Blahnik

    Statement heels: Sophia Webster

    If you're a newbie, try ones with lower heels or straps.

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    Get used to walking in kitten heels before wearing 5-inch stilettos. Straps will also help your shoes stay on your feet during the day. Never sacrifice comfort for style again.

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    Try on new shoes toward the end of the night.

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    Your feet will be more swollen, so it'll ensure the most accurate fit.

    Wendy from Wendy's Lookbook suggests this heel-elevation test to see if a shoe is right for you.

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    1. Stand up straight in the heels. Make sure your knees are straight.

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    2. Try to lift yourself up out of the heels (1 inch).

    If you can, this means the pitch and height are good for you.

    If you can't, this means the heel is probably too high for you to handle.

    For more information, check out her informative video here.

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    How to walk in high heels:

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    Heel then toe! Your walk should be as normal as possible; there is no need to distort your legs or knees in order to walk properly.

    The higher your heel, the smaller you'll want your stride to be.

    Walking in high heels takes practice.

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    Don't give up!

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    Tip: If the shoe isn't comfortable when you try it on, it's not going to be comfortable hours later.

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    Don't let those pretty heels fool you!

    Do your research on different types of insoles and padding products.

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    Experiment and see what is best for you! There are a variety of shapes and material types for different needs.

    Carry Band-Aids in your purse for any future mishaps.

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    You do not want bleeding feet at 3 a.m.

    Character (dance) heels are a comfy alternative.

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    They're made for dancing, after all.

    Tip: Some character shoes need to have rubber soles installed, depending on the brand. Test your shoes by walking on different floor types.

    Or try vintage-inspired T-strap heels.

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    They help evenly distribute the stress of walking in heels.

    Also, NEWSFLASH! These shoes with detachable heels exist.

    Foldable flats are the BEST thing ever invented.

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    Buy them now before you regret it. These are must-haves if you own high heels.

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    Treat yourself to a pedicure, if you're wearing open-toed shoes.

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    Benefit No. 1: Your feet will feel more comfortable. Who doesn't feel better with their nails clipped, skin exfoliated, and toes freshly painted?

    Benefit No. 2: Your feet will look really cute.

    Remember to pamper your feet after a long day.

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    1 cup Epsom salt

    10–15 drops peppermint essential oil

    Mix together and store in a mason jar. Use ½ cup in a warm foot bath for 15–30 minutes and enjoy! —Saving Dollars and Sense

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    Slippery soles? Go to a shoe cobbler and get rubber attached to the bottom.

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    They will also get more grip as you wear them more. There are other DIY methods, but we recommend using a cobbler if your shoes are more expensive.

    New shoes? Wear them at least once before a special event.

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    Practice walking around so you can get used to them!

    Tight shoes? You can use ice to stretch leather shoes that are too tight.

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    How-to video tutorial here.

    Foot pain? Try these exercises to alleviate some of that pressure.

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    Read more here.

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    May your feet never bleed or blister, your heels always look pretty and feel comfy.