More than 70 percent of women report wearing high heels at least “some of the time,” according to the Spine Health Institute. Additionally, nearly one in three women say they wear heels to work, while the rest say they save the teetering shoes for special occasions.
What stops most women from rocking their favorite pair of heels is the strain, pain, and pressure each inch puts on our body (one-inch heels exert 54 percent less pressure on your feet than three-inch heels, according the institute). But what if there was a simple trick to help women the world over have a more comfortable day in stylish footwear?
Luckily there is, and it costs absolutely nothing.
Shoe expert and "Shoe Are You?" author Meghan Cleary spilled her secret to all-day comfort, telling Who What Wear that she regularly runs her feet under cold water, applies a small amount of hand lotion while her feet are still slightly damp, and then slides her stilettos on.
"I personally have gotten another four hours out of a pair doing this mid-event," she said.
According to Who What Wear, the trick works thanks to the cold water restricting blood vessels in your feet. The lotion additionally seals in the moisture of the cold water and lubricates against any sore spots.
However, this isn’t the only trick readily available to stiletto lovers. Bustle shared eight more tips to making your heels a bit more comfortable, including wearing gel insoles to cushion your feet, picking shoes with a lower heel or t-strap for more stability, and never wearing heels two days in a row.
For more tips on surviving the day in heels, check out this helpful video by Tyra Banks:
And if you're not set on wearing heels, see what comfortable shoes celebrities choose for traveling.