As/Is·Posted on Apr 19, 2015How To Wear High Heels Without Killing Your FeetWear the heel — don't let it wear you.by Cathy NgoBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Tristan Fewings / Stringer Cathy Ngo / BuzzFeed Educate yourself on the different types of heels. Fractals.it / Via visual.ly Check out this handy infographic on protecting your feet. stopfeetpainfast.com / Via pinterest.com Cathy Ngo / BuzzFeed Know the essential types of heels out there. Cathy Ngo / BuzzFeed Black pumps: Christian LouboutinNeutral pumps: Manolo BlahnikStatement heels: Sophia Webster If you're a newbie, try ones with lower heels or straps. Salvatore Ferragamo / Zappos / Via couture.zappos.com 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. Cathy Ngo / BuzzFeed / Via AFP / Gettyimages Try on new shoes toward the end of the night. Hulton Archive / Getty Images 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. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Wendy's Lookbook / Via youtube.com 1. Stand up straight in the heels. Make sure your knees are straight. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Wendy's Lookbook / Via youtube.com 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. Cathy Ngo / BuzzFeed How to walk in high heels: Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Wendy's Lookbook / Via youtube.com 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. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Michelle Phan / Via youtube.com Don't give up! Cathy Ngo / BuzzFeed Tip: If the shoe isn't comfortable when you try it on, it's not going to be comfortable hours later. Fpg / Getty Images Don't let those pretty heels fool you! Do your research on different types of insoles and padding products. Dr. Scholl's® / Via drscholls.com 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. Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images You do not want bleeding feet at 3 a.m. Character (dance) heels are a comfy alternative. Capezio / Discount Dance / Via discountdance.com 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. Shopstyle They help evenly distribute the stress of walking in heels. Also, NEWSFLASH! These shoes with detachable heels exist. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com FINALLY! Thank you, Tanya Heath. Foldable flats are the BEST thing ever invented. Dr. Scholls / Via amazon.com Buy them now before you regret it. These are must-haves if you own high heels. Cathy Ngo / BuzzFeed Treat yourself to a pedicure, if you're wearing open-toed shoes. Frank Micelotta / Getty Images 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. Saving Dollars and Sense / Via savingdollarsandsense.com 1 cup Epsom salt10–15 drops peppermint essential oilMix 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 Cathy Ngo / BuzzFeed Slippery soles? Go to a shoe cobbler and get rubber attached to the bottom. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images 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. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Fox Broadcasting Company / Via mmmsimpsons.tumblr.com Practice walking around so you can get used to them! Tight shoes? You can use ice to stretch leather shoes that are too tight. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Michelle Phan / Via youtube.com How-to video tutorial here. Foot pain? Try these exercises to alleviate some of that pressure. Women's Health / Via womenshealthmag.com Read more here. Cathy Ngo / BuzzFeed May your feet never bleed or blister, your heels always look pretty and feel comfy. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Have any tips or tricks of your own to add? Comment below!