Though Nancy suggested that your party shoes be flats, I disagree. Heels can be totally comfy if you know how to combat the inevitable discomfort. I voluntarily wear heels almost every day during my daily life (hey, I need the height!) so I’ve quickly enough figured out how to do it pain-(relatively)free .
1) Buy better shoes
Shoes made of real leather allow your foot to breathe and is usually more soft and flexible than their synthetic counterparts. You should read this as “fewer blisters.” Plus, with the knowledge that many faux leathers contain high amounts of lead, be wary what you put on your feet. Sure, they’ll cost you, but they’ll hold up better and your feet will thank you.
A few pieces from my own shoe collection are located at left to (maybe) inspire you.
2) Get insoles
Not just for grannies anymore, gel insoles help you endure the pressure that heels place on various parts of your foot. I highly recommend the ball-of-foot ones, as the ball of my foot is my Achilles’ heel, so to speak. Having these on lets me stay on my feet for hours!
Blisters are nasty and definitely cancel out any of the sexy that you gained with a pair of heels. Just last week, I saw a woman whose ankles seemed to be having an epic battle with her shoes. I did my best not to wince, but probably failed. Yes, there was blood, which makes me slightly queasy. Scary stuff.
Don’t be the picture of suffering for fashion. Instead try Band-Aid’s Friction-Block, which looks suspiciously like a glue stick but works wonders in preventing the chafing that is inevitable in any pair of shoes. Just swipe some on the parts that hurt, and you’ll miraculously be able to walk onwards!
When all else fails and your feet sting from the excruciating pain that is a blister (and you don’t have a pair of emergency flats), try specially made blister band-aids! They are extra thick and slightly squishy to give your sensitive spot as much protection as possible.
Good luck, Uglies, and walk tall!