When you’re constantly on the go, it’s easy for aches and pains to take their toll. These inevitable problems tend to be either caused by or make stress worse. But one of the main causes is both fairly obvious and easy to fix. The culprit? Poorly designed, uncomfortable shoes. Believe it or not, wearing the wrong shoes when you’re on your feet all day can cause a myriad of aches and pains that are often attributed to stress. Without trashing all of your favorite heels, here are three great ways to help your shoes fit your life.
Choose well-designed shoes: This doesn’t mean wearing clogs all day (though some people do swear by them). Today, it’s easy to find a wide variety of stylish shoes that don’t kill your feet. For instance, the Silver-Pewter Kiko Shoe by Perlina ($79.20) looks incredibly stylish, but is designed for all-day comfort. There is an entire selection of shoes on Zappos designed specifically with comfort in mind.
Fix your favorites with insoles: Today’s insoles aren’t just for the elderly. If an irresistibly stylish pair of shoes pinches your toes or makes your back ache, you don’t have to give them the boot. The right pair of insoles can not only save those shoes, but make them downright comfortable. For subtle comfort, check out the Superfeet Premium Black Insoles ($40.00). These insoles are black, so they won’t stick out when you’re wearing your favorite shoes. The insoles make your shoes fit better, and align the bones of your feet for improved wear with less pain.
Lose the shoes: Am I suggesting you walk around the office barefoot all day? Not if you want to keep your job. But the average day offers several little windows to kick off your shoes and give your feet a rest, and many people I know find that to be a lifesaver. Whether it’s during lunch or just under your desk, losing your shoes for even five minutes can soothe your aches and leave your feet feeling refreshed.