Here’s the scenario: You’re getting ready to go out with your girlfriends for a night of drinking and dancing; you put on your little black dress, face full of makeup, and brand new heels. We all know new heels are the worst to wear on a night out because by the end of the night you will have swollen feet, blisters, and be begging for some relief… but you don’t care. Bring on the high heels you can handle this!
Fast forward to the end of the night… it’s now 2am and the club is closing, your feet are swollen and blistered, and you are begging for relief (just like you knew you would be!) So you bend down to start unbuckling your shoes before you’ve even stepped foot out of the club.
This is a familiar story for me and most college aged girls… the dreaded end of the night shoe-less stumble to the car.
Well I am going to put an end to this now just like my wise friends did for me six years ago. Before I had a chance to take off a shoe there was a resounding, “Andrea, don’t be That Girl!!”
Um… what girl could they possibly mean? The one who is no longer in pain? The happy girl with her freshly pedicured feet broadcast to the entire club? I mean, toes were on point here!
No, That Girl they were referring to was the sloppy looking girl, staggering out of the club, not because she had too much to drink, but because she is trying to avoid all the alcohol spills and tiptoe across the dirty floor. Then when she’s outside she stumbles across the parking lot, again not because of the drinks (ok, maybe because of the drinks) and because the tiny gravel in the road is now the one causing your feet anguish! Sometimes That Girl even gets a piggy back from a boy, this only makes That Girl look sloppier.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not here to judge; after all, I have been That Girl before too. I am here to help with a few tips on how to not be That Girl with your new (or old) pair of heels… because trust me, even the oldest pair of heels can still rub on the dance floor.
• Before your big night out wear your shoes around the house (or break them in by wearing socks with them). Don’t leave your house in socks and heels because people will probably judge.
• On the big night put on those heels and check for places where the shoe comes in contact or rubs against your foot, these are the places you will get blisters by the end of the night, or places you may already have one or two. Place Scholl Blister Shields on those spots; the pads act like shields to prevent friction and rubbing and hydrate current blisters allowing them to heal faster.
I also use Blister Shields for ballet flats at work because we know how bad ballet flats can rub.
• If you still experience soreness then try a pedicure set that includes foam pads which will reduce pressure and relieves discomfort.
• At the end of the night if your shoes are smelling a bit funky thanks to sweaty feet (don’t worry it happens to just about everyone) spray them down with an order eliminator before putting them away.
• Do a few stretches to help relax your feet and get them back to normal.
I just did the breaking in new shoes with socks and blister shields this weekend before my birthday, and not only were my blisters (aka those gosh darn ballet flat bubbles from hell) protected, but by the end of the night my feet were feeling great!! and yes I got some looks cleaning dishes in socks and heels
Ok, so my last, and most important tip before your night out in new shoes…. do not, I repeat, DO NOT take off those shoes, girl!! I don’t care how bad they hurt don’t take them off. Don’t be That Girl.
How do you take care of your feet before or after a night out in heels?