Despite the reigning popularity of sneakers and flats, high heels will always be around. And on occasions that do call for heels, you might as well maximize the comfort level in any way that you can. So if you’ve ever hobbled home after a long day or night in heels, this tip for how to make heels more comfortable 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 on it (aka when you wear heels). The tape removes strain on the nerve, allowing you to dance the night away.
So go ahead and pick up a roll of tape (at $3, why not?), then scroll down to shop heels you can now wear pain-free.
These retro pumps are just as cool as ever.Available in sizes 6 to 10.
The white shoe trend is showing no sign of slowing down.Available in sizes 35.5 to 41.
These will be the most elegant shoes in your wardrobe.Available in sizes 36 to 41.
A classic style with a picnic table–inspired twist.Available in sizes 34 to 42.
The (slightly) subtle way to embrace the rainbow trend.Available in sizes 5 to 11.5.
Topshop does it again with these cool pastel pumps.Available in sizes 5.5 to 10.5.
Mark our words: Animal-print shoes will be big this fall.Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Make room in your closet for these flattering mules.Available in sizes 5.5 to 10.
Future Gucci It shoes? It’s very possible.Available in sizes 34 to 42.
We’ll take all the ’90s Prada vibes we can get.Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Everything about this pair is on trend.Available in sizes 6 to 9.5.
The perfect pair of summer pumps.Available in sizes 35 to 39.
Every closet could use a chic pair of black kitten heels (in our opinion).
Available in sizes 6 to 11.
The pop of color your jean-and-tee outfits need.Available in sizes 6.5 to 10.
Now that you know how to wear heels without the pain, your shoe options are limitless.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated by Allyson Payer.
Kat has over a decade of experience in fashion writing, and she joined Who What Wear in 2012 as our co-founder Katherine Power’s assistant. She currently leads the vision for editorial content at WhoWhatWear.com. Working on the site with our editors takes up most of my day, but I also contribute trend direction for our namesake fashion line, the Who What Wear collection. Prior to Who What Wear, I did assistant styling work for brands like Vogue, Teen Vogue, Lucky, and Oliver Peoples, as well as freelance fashion writing. I graduated from UCLA with a BA in communications and now call West Hollywood home. As for my fashion perspective, I gravitate toward more tailored pieces and add touches of personality with items like a mesh metal belt or cow-print mules. I’ve always been a vintage fan and know that I’m destined to do some damage whenever I enter my favorite local haunt, Scout, usually scooping up ’90s-era pieces from Japanese designers. When I’m not shopping or writing about shopping, I can be found reading (my book club’s current pick is The Beauty Myth), planning my next trip to Tokyo, or delighting in food usually reserved for 5-year-olds.