High heels,  an authentic weapon of seduction that we cannot, nor do we want to, give up. A heel makes us feel desirable and absolutely beautiful, but  pain and swelling are just around the corner, especially since in summer the heat certainly doesn’t help.

Here is how to limit the damage and continue to exhibit long, sinuous and super provocative legs.

The dilemma is always the same: beautiful and comfortable or desirable and glamorous? Unfortunately, between sneakers and stiletto heels, the middle ground does not exist, they are two ways of being, as well as two types of shoes with very different characters and uses.

On the other hand, there are occasions when the heel is really indispensable and therefore bring along a nice pair of dancers to keep in your bag for a shoe-saver change as soon as the pain becomes unbearable.

You can try to stem the pain and win the hard war against foot pain…it is still possible: here are some suggestions to keep in mind!

Step by step: if we have never worn a high heel, the transition from dancers to stilts in one fell swoop is not a good move. Starting with moderation, perhaps with a medium heel, 5 or 6 centimetres, is definitely recommended, especially if you do not want to be seen as the one “walking on eggs”, which gives an effect far from the sensuality we are aiming for. The clever idea? Yes to wedge or plateau shoes: they are certainly not sensual like pumps, but they have the remarkable ability of giving us a few centimetres more and making us resist the desire to walk barefoot.

Try and try again: yes, it is impossible to resist the charm of those stupendous high-heeled shoes put on display in the shop window, plus the fact that they are pretty much indispensable to complete our outfit with dignity. But beware: let’s not forget that the foot must get used to a new way of walking, different from the usual. So let’s remember to wear our beautiful décolleté or jewelled sandals at home for at least a week before the party or event to which we are invited: training is our best ally.

Perfection wins: shoes are not a garment, so the idea that they might be a little more comfortable is completely wrong. Buying larger shoes is not necessary, because the shoes must adapt perfectly to the foot, even more so if they have a high heel. In fact, if the shoe is plentiful, the foot slides forward, with the result of increasing the pressure on the toes causing abrasions. The pain in this case is assured.

Be smart: since the foot ache caused by high-heeled shoes is a common problem, the half-joy can be come from resorting to some small help. On the market for some time now valid aids are on sale, such as transparent gel pads, designed to relieve the pressure of the body’s weight on our precious extremities. These are very useful objects and also have the considerable merit of being very discreet, as they are thin and transparent and are not seen when worn, as well as being washable with simple water and soap. Seeing is believing!