Comfy Feet While Wearing High Heels

Photo by Calvin Fleming via Flickr

The contest to win a free Ladies Again swag bag is still underway. So, keep sending us your pictures of your favorite pair of pumps!

In the mean time, people will tell you that pretty hurts. Well, we at Ladies Again know the feeling. That’s why we have taken the time out to compile our favorite youtube resources to encourage comfort and safety even as you strut your stuff.

You can find more resources in the High Heels Academy section of our Book of the Month!

How to Make Your High Heels Feel More comfortable (from amiclubwear)

5 Tips to Make Your Heels Comfortable (from AprilAthena7)

5 Ways to Stretch Your Shoes At Home (from POPSUGAR Fashion)

A Tango Dancer wears high heels all day long with the help of something called Insolia (by Insolia Heels)

 

How to Walk in Heels with No Pain (Evelina)

How to Walkin in Heels like a Pro and Minimize Pain (from beautyprofessional74)

~::*BONUS VIDEO*::~

How to Make Shoes that a 2 sizes smaller fit (from glamazontay)

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Why I’ve Decided to Start Wearing Heels

This week, Ladies Again kicks off “31 Days of Heels,” our campaign to encourage feminine women to look their best every day. The campaign has a special meaning for me, as I just recently came to conclusion that I barely put forth an effort into my physical appearance.

Heels, Photo by Fashion by He via Flickr
Photo by Fashion by He via Flickr

Like most American women, I came into age believing that it was only necessary to make the effort to dress up only for certain occasions, such as late nights out with friends, theater shows or special occasions. Since I was not a celebrity or socialite, it just didn’t seem to make sense to me to take the time to look nice on a everyday basis. This is how I justified skipping the high heels for the comfy moccasin flats, forgoing the smokey eyeshadow for the plain unassuming black eyeliner and letting my flat iron literally get dusty. My thought process was, if I’m already skinny and attractive, why should I have to do more? I have a college degree dammit! Won’t the guy who likes me respect the fact that I am not shallow and self-absorbed enough to fret excessively over my appearance?

The answer is no, no he will not appreciate my intellect if I do not create the opportunity for him to notice my existence first. One opportunity comes before the other. Men like “shiny things,” as talk show host Steve Harvey said in his bestselling book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.” And he’s right: One 2013 survey found that men are much more sexually aroused by visual stimuli, while women are more sexually aroused by concrete, auditory, olfactory, touch and emotionally relevant sexual stimulation. As a woman, I can feel the reality of Harvey’s words when I take the time to enhance my appearance―I receive a much higher response from men when I wear my hair long (or put in hair extensions, let’s be honest), apply makeup, slip into a form-fitting dress and strap on a pair of fabulous heels.

Now, while I realize that looking “shiny” is important, my ongoing goal is to look “shiny” and feminine everyday, not just when I feel up for making the effort. Unfortunately, as a busy single career woman, more often than not, I look shoddy, unkempt and well…like a typical American woman. Or worse, I look business ready in my slacks and flat shoes, but not sexy. In order for me to improve my appearance, I need to make femininity a habit by committing to dressing up everyday. One way to start is to take femininity one day at a time.

Today, I’ll start by wearing heels. High heels display the female form to advantage and are one the simplest ways to look feminine. In the past, I avoided heels for two main reasons: First, heels are painful (and dangerous), and second, heels are impractical.

Photo by Iam Khatuvi a Flickr
Photo by Iam Khatuvi a Flickr

First, there is no denying that high heels can be painful, depending on the height of the high-heeled shoe, the point of the heel and the quality of the materials used to make the shoe. Anyone who has seen amateur heel-wearers leave a nightclub has seen the pain that high-heeled shoes can inflict on unsuspecting victims. High-heeled shoes have been known to cause corns, calluses, ingrown toe nails and painful, aching bunions (also known as bony protrusions) that appear at the base of the big toe and distort the shape of the foot. Also, amateur heel-wearers take the risk of tripping and toppling over in their sky-high heels.

Second, heels are tragically impractical. A high-heel-wearer cannot walk for miles in their shoes, nor can they walk safely in rainy or snowy weather. And as a bicyclist, the idea of commuting in a pair of high heels terrifies me, considering that a heel could easily slip into a pedal and cause me to fall off my bike. It is just much easier to put on a pair of boring flat shoes than it is struggle and wobble in a pair of painful heels.

So what is a girl to do if she wants to look feminine by wearing heels all month long but is afraid of the pain she is sure to endure? If you are also taking the heel challenge, there’s a few things that can help you get through the month:

  • Start small. Start with low two- or three-inch high heels first and gradually move up to six inch pumps.
  • Select the right shoe: Choose a shoe with a relatively wide toe, laces or a strap across the top of the foot which prevent the foot from sliding forward in the shoe and straps or other materials that enclose the ankles entirely.
  • Choose a stable shoe with a chunky heels, such as an espadrille, as opposed to a spiky heel.
  • Apply padded insoles to your shoes. Padding helps with foot pain and provides a buffer between you and the high heel.

Practice makes perfect. Tweet us pictures of your high heels using the #ladiesagain hastag. Good luck ladies!

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Did You Take the Ladies Again Heel Pledge?

Shoes, Photo by Fouquier via Flickr
Photo by Fouquier via Flickr

For the next month, we’re encouraging aspiring feminine ladies to participate in “31 Days of Heels,” our month-long event where women are taking the challenge to wear heels everyday this month. Join us in looking and feeling sexy this month! Wear your heels at work, at the club, at church and with family. They can be a low as two inches or 6-inches; wedges or stilettos! Take photo of your shoes and share your photos by using the hashtag #ladiesagain.

Why are we wearing heels this month? We’re doing this because we acknowledge the scientific fact that high heels display the female form to advantage. As the campaign gets underway, we’ll publish articles that explore the importance of high heels. Wear those heels ladies!

Contest Rules

We’re giving away items all throughout January as part of “31 Days of Heels.” The goal of this contest is to get the word out about this new movement to empower women through femininity. As you know, here at Ladies Again, we are all about accentuating women’s natural strengths. We want to (as much as possible) encourage women to love who they are as women and not try to become men, just because they feel it is the only way they can get ahead.

There is a saying that “you can’t beat a man at his own game”, and the truth is we are not going to be able to outshine men by trying to become like them. Being a feminine woman is a beautiful thing with inherent strengths. So, with this contest, we are hoping to encourage women to “take back femininity” by embracing a tried and true tradition and method of bringing men to their knees…the high heel!

That’s right, ladies. We are strutting our stuff in the month of January and getting women talking about how awesome it is to be women again. We’re getting rid of the fear and embracing the power of the feminine. It’s like Marianne Williamson’s famous quote:

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? …. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you…. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

So, shine ladies! There’s no better time! We want to encourage you to wear those heels, and feel free to share with us your stories about how wearing heels has changed your world. Are people taking notice more? Did it bring back the spark in your marriage? Did it make you feel sexy again?

The icing on the cake is that we’re giving out prizes! Yes, that’s right. This is a contest and the winners will receive Ladies Again Swag Bags! The swag bags will contain an assortment of fashion accessories, including:

  • Four pair of earrings
  • Four necklaces
  • Cute furry ear muffs
  • Bedazzled cellphone case
  • a signature fragrance spray

At the end of the month there will be a raffle drawing. Two winners will be selected. One will be selected based on the number of entries, and another will be selected via a random drawing. You can enter as many times as you like.

Swag Bag Photo
Lady’s again Rihanna “Rogue Love” signature swag bag
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Ladies again Queen Latifah “Queen of hearts” signature swag bag

There are many ways to enter the “31 Days of Heels” contest:

  1. Tweet, Instagram or Facebook a picture of your heels with the hashtag #ladiesagain (one post good for one entry and every share is another entry).
  2. Comment on any article on ladies again (each comment relevant to any blog post or conversations happening in the comment section are good for one entry…spam/random comments will have you eliminated from the contest).
  3. Share an article (using the #ladiesagain hashtag will help us track your entries, but if you don’t use the hashtag, email us at lilacblue[at]ladiesagain[dot]com with a link to your post so we can count it towards your entry).
  4. Do a blog post (write a blog post on your blog and include a link to the “31 Days of Heels” challenge). You can email us a copy of the article so we can count it towards an entry for you.
  5. Do a YouTube video that references the “31 Days of Heels” challenge on Ladies Again and put a link to Ladies Again in the description. The video, plus the link are good for two entries.

How the winner will be selected:

  • Our team will tally the scores at the end of each day and keep track of all entrants on a spreadsheet
  • Every day a leader board will be updated with the top 5 contestants and how many entries they have submitted throughout the contest
  • In the end the person with the most entries, will win a swag bag
  • The second swag bag will be distributed via a random drawing (obviously, people with more entries will be at a slight advantage)
  • The winner will be selected randomly

Miscellaneous

Creative tweets, posts, videos and blog posts may be shared via the comments section of Ladies Again (so you might earn yourself some personal publicity as well!)

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