The mystery of walking in high heels
Your new lovely (way too high) high heels felt quite bearable in the store. Actually, you thought you wouldn’t even have to abuse your hubby as a walking aid when you hobble in them. Now on the dinning table you committed your splurge, but with the same breath spit out that they were on sale and a great deal. Of course, you also needed a new pair for XYZ’s daughter’s wedding. Your hubby smiles – knowing you – and friendly pretends interest despite he never understands why one needs more than a pair of flip flop, sneakers, and dress shoes.
You walk into your walk-in-closet and put the shoes on. Then it happens! Stuck! The shoes seem to be glued to the floor like Cinderella’s glass shoes on the stairs. Your feet want you to walk up the wall, if only you could walk at all!
Does this scene sound familiar? No, you aren’t crazy! It is all about physics and mean business tricks! 🙁
The reality of walking in high heels
You were in the store in the morning or during lunch break. In the evening, you had been on your feet all day and they are swollen, especially in warm climate regions and/or summer. Thus, the shoes seem tighter than they seemed to be in the store. Furthermore, your closet has tiles or normal household carpet, while shoe stores have very soft and thick carpets so that even Cinderella’s stepsisters could walk in her shoes.
How to get high heels you can walk in
Outsmart them. Buy high heels in the late afternoon or evening and test-drive the shoes on some hard floor. And just in case, do not throw the receipt away before your shoes passed the test on hard surface. Put a thin foil on the surface so you don’t scratch the sole. When the shoes still feel bearable on hard floor, you are all set for the street’s runways called sidewalks.
Pro tip: When you are not used to walk in high heels, but have to because of a special occasion, exercise walking in them at home. You don’t want to wobble down the aisle when you are the brides maid, or hurt your ankles when dancing with your significant other, or whatever the dressing situation is.
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