Wearing high heels in the winter

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Wearing high heels in the winter
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Wearing high heels in the winter can be a bit of a challenge. Especially when there’s a lot of snow and/or ice.

But beauty often requires sacrifice and many women go with the perils and pain that usually come with wearing high heels in the winter. Happily there are some things you can do to make it easier and most importantly – safer.

And no, we will not say to you “well, simply wear heels only in the dry or in the office”. This types of advices are nonsense. So let’s see what we can to to make wearing high heels in the winter easier.

Tips on wearing high heels in the winter

First up is choosing the shoes. Don’t think that if your heels or boots have seemingly thick soles and some lines on the bottom, they will provide you with enough grip. If the soles are seemingly plastic and you can lose your grip with relative ease on surfaces like tiles for example, it will be near impossible to walk in snow and ice.

Some say that you can take a bit of sandpaper with a relatively low grit number and grind the soles of the shoes to give them more traction. That could possibly work for smoother surfaces but again it will have no effect in snow and ice. It’s best to go with high heels with rubberized soles. Since they can look a bit rough they are rare on high heels but easy to find on sexy high heeled boots.

Generally heeled boots are the best way to go if you want to be on high heels in the winter. Apart from keeping most of your legs warm, boots also give better support to the ankles and make walking on snow and ice a bit easier.

If you just *have to* be in pumps it’s best to go for ones that have ankle straps. Again, that will give better support for the ankles.

You can also put some softer inner soles and soles with extra support for the ball of the foot. They will help you when negotiating slippery ice.

It is also better to go for thicker heels as they will be easier to walk. Another option is kitten heels of about 3-inches or lower.

If you do prefer sky high thin heels then you have to be prepared for some extra difficulty. You can use your heels as impromptu ice axes and drive them a bit into the snow and ice. Try to place your body weight evenly on the shoe while stepping. If you put weight mostly on the toes or the heel, the chance of them giving way and slipping are much higher.

Also do not rush. Walk slowly and take a good look where you are stepping. Remember to keep your posture up, belly in.

Avoid pointed shoes as they can get uncomfortable when it’s very cold. It’s best to go for round toes which will also be a little easier to walk without catching the tips in the snow every time.

Keep in mind that winter is very harsh on all kinds of shoes. So be prepared to have a broken heel if you’re not careful. Also take good care of your shoes with appropriate shoe paste and/or wax.

Wearing high heels in the winter is not only about the shoes though. Take good care of your feet as well. Give them warm soak baths in the evening to relax them. Do some exercises as well.

We hope you find our tips on wearing high heels in the winter useful. If you have any questions or other tips, post them in the comments below.

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