The Secret To Wearing High Heels Without Any Pain

If you’ve ever hobbled home after a long day or night in heels, this tip is for you. Tape your third and fourth toes (counting from the big toe) together—we recommend nude medical tape for a low-profile look, but Scotch tape works in a pinch—to alleviate pain in the ball of your foot. Sound crazy? Here’s the reasoning: there’s a nerve that splits between those two toes, which causes pain when pressure is put upon it (a.k.a. when you wear heels). The tape removes strain on the nerve, allowing you to dance the night away.

Go ahead and pick up a roll of tape (at $3, why not?), and scroll on to shop the heels you can now wear pain-free.

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    Rachel Roy Anni Heels ($160)

    Lesson learned: frayed jeans plus lace-up heels make a perfect pairing.

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    Sophia Webster Nika Metallic Leopard-Print Calf Hair And Leather Pumps ($495)

    Leopard print, metallic, pastel, oh my!

    Shop more leopard print shoes here.


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    J.Crew Falsetto Suede Ankle-Tie Pumps ($190)

    The power of red lace-up heels should not be underestimated.

    Shop more J.Crew heels here.

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    Alexander McQueen Block High-Heel Sandals ($389)

    Half bootie, half sandal, and wholly stylish.

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    Alexander Wang Lovisa Ombre Leather Ankle-Strap Pumps ($495)

    There’s a reason the Lovisa style has been around for seasons. We especially love the timeless shape with a fresh ombre spin.

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    Ivanka Trump Carras High Heel Pointed Toe Pumps ($95)

    We love the crackled line detail on these affordable pumps.

    Shop more budget-friendly shoes here.

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    Reed Krakoff Snake-Print Leather Sandals ($795)

    If we were to envision our idea of the perfect going-out shoe, we suspect we’d imagine something very close to these snakeskin heels.

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    Reiss Anna Platform Wedge Sandals ($131)

    Taped toes plus this platform wedge will ensure a painless day in heels.

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    Zara High-Heeled Sandals With Ankle Strap ($70)

    Nude and black make an unbeatable (read: totally wearable) combination.

    ​Are you going to try taping your toes? Let us know in the comments below!

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