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Step out ... without the pain

Published:Monday | December 17, 2012
The ballet flats from Club Intuition is the ultimate in comfort.
You don't have to sacrifice comfort for beauty in these spiked platforms from Club Intuition.
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Latoya Grindley, Staff Reporter

A love-hate relationship is what many women have with their shoes, especially after a long night out. Aching arches, ankles, backs and toes are some of the effects of sacrificing comfort for beauty and fashion.

Beauty is pain, right? Well it does not necessarily have to be if you take some precautionary measures before stepping out.

Here are some pointers that will hopefully help to alleviate the pain and allow you to thoroughly enjoy your prized possession without the pain.

1 Get the right fit. Before purchasing, make sure to walk around in the shoes. Your feet won't lie, they will let you know if there is at least a hint of discomfort.

2 If you can, stay away from pointed toe shoes. These tend to squeeze your toes, which can cause great discomfort over a period of time.

3 Practise walking in your shoes before leaving your house. This will build your confidence and ability to walk properly in these shoes.

4 Invest in an insole. This can help to alleviate discomfort when it comes to the way the shoes fit. You can opt for gel pads or cushion inserts.

5 Take shorter steps when walking in heels. You can't possibly take the same strides you would in flats as larger steps will put more pressure on the feet and knees.

6 It is best to buy shoes at the end of the day to ensure a better fit as the feet tend to expand throughout the day.

Now that you have these tips, it is time to totally enjoy your shoes. If they continue to hurt your feet, get rid of them as there is no point in not being able to look and feel good at the same time!

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