You can rock heels this holiday season!

With the holiday season approaching,even the most practical fashionista seeks to abandon comfort for drama upon spying the perfect pair of sky-high stilettos.Holiday parties and heels just go hand in hand.There is something to be said about wearing heels with a great dress.You feel tall and sexy,your booty pops and the dress fits better.(FYI-most dresses are fit on the model while she is wearing a pair of heels) Aching feet inevitable?

Here are some strategies to pull this off in relative comfort.

First…The Fit

Having properly fitting shoes is critical,go shoe shopping at the end of the day,your feet swell so if you shop first thing in the morning you may not get the right fit.Have your feet measured specially the width.Your feet change just like the rest of you.TIPOpen toe shoes give you more wiggle room.

Next…Heel Height

Finding the right heel height is equally important,the pitch of your foot in heels has a lot to do with comfort.Not sure what the right heel height is for you?

Here are two things you can do in the shoe store that will help you make the right decision

1.Stand in your shoes on a hard floor with your knees straight.Raise yourself 1″on your toes;if you can do this comfortably,the shoes are the right height.Start at this height and you can slowly work your way up from there.Kitten Heels are a big trend this season.Block heels are a great starting point as well.

2.Take 10-12 steps in the shoes at your normal walking speed if you wobble the heels are two high. TIP -Opt for a shoe with a platform this will give you the height you want and minimize the pitch at the same time.

Then…Make it your own shoe

Did you know that numerous products exist to customize the fit of your shoes?You can add arch support,cushioning,support the ball of your foot and prevent rubbing at the back of your heel.Most drug stores and beauty supply stores carry these products.TIP-Focus on the areas that are painful at the end of the day.

Here are some products that can help with problem areas

Stretch

A lot of problems occur because you store your heels in a box.Leather contracts when it dries make the shoes tighter when you put them on.Use a device to stretch your shoes.For specially stubborn shoes,keep a stretcher in them so they are always ready.Moisturize your shoes and store them in breathable shoe bags.Did you know the Queen of England has a lady in waiting to break in all her shoes you do not have that privilege but you can always bribe a friend to help.TIP-Treat your most worn shoes to shoe trees,that way they will always be ready for you

Conditioning…Really!

Do Yoga before you put on your heels. Stretch your hamstrings and calves,do leg lifts and ankle turns you will be surprised on how much this helps.Barre and Pilates are best for high heel wearers.Yes, wearing high heels is a sport just like any other so train and warm up.

Strut your stuff…Properly

Be sure to walk correctly in you heels:

1.Walk heel-toe,heel-toe with you head high and shoulders back ,elongate your spine.

2.Take smaller steps if you are bending your knees your steps are too long.Practice turning in your heels using your toes it is more of a pivot.

3.Take breaks,do your best to sit down every 20 minutes or so for at least 7 to 10 minutes.A lot of shoes look great when you sit down as well.TIP-Do not take off your shoes,your feet can swell and make it difficult to put back on.Keep a pair of flats handy to slip on after the event for walking back to your car.

When you get home…Pamper your feet

Thank your feet for supporting you.Soak them in warm water,dry them with a fluffy towel and massage them with a good foot cream.

If you are shopping for heels this season here are the big trends!

Yes it is the trend right now to match your bags and shoes