Hello again Poplin client!

If there's one thing I've heard repeatedly from clients, it is a laundry list of challenges with footwear. After all, we need our feet to get where we are going; but we also want to look beautiful on the journey. With that in mind, I've created a handy list of tips and tricks to make sure that your shoes are working for you. If they aren't, remember: it's not you, it's the shoes. 


How to Make Your Shoes Work For You

Find the Right Heels For You

  • Go shoe shopping at the end of the day. Your feet will be more swollen. As a result, you'll buy slightly larger shoes, leaving more room for future wear.

  • Look for sturdy soles. If the soles bend easily, they aren't providing substantial support.

  • Don't be afraid of comfort brands. But be discerning. I can certainly help with this. 

  • Opt for platforms. If there is a platform at the ball of your foot, that reduces the distance that your heels are elevated above the balls of your feet, protecting your arch from excessive strain. Wedges also provide extra arch support.

  • A rounder toe box is better for your feet as it allows your toes to lay flat. However, pointy toes are doable as long as the point stretches out instead of stopping right where your toes would rest, forcing them to sit together tightly.

  • Opt for heels with straps, ties, or buckles over the ankle or feet to prevent your feet from slipping out of your shoes. Go for adjustable straps to accommodate swelling.

Learn to Walk in them

Even if you've been walking in heels for years, you may not be walking in them correctly. This video illustrating how to walk in heels is especially helpful. No, I don't see you in those shoes. But, this is a woman who knows her heels. 

Also, score the bottom of your heels with closed scissors to prevent slippage. We're in the rainy city, after all. Do what needs to be done to keep you and your feet safe.


Be as comfortable as possible while wearing heels

Now that you are ready to rock your heels, you'll likely find that there are some issues. Not to worry, there are as many solutions as there are problems. Here are a few of my favorites:


If you find that your feet are slipping all around inside your shoe and you don't have an insert close by, spray hairspray on the inside of your shoe. Let it dry for a few seconds then, slip your foot in. 

Foot Cushions

Add a cushion to the part of your foot that receives the most pressure when wearing heels. This will provide support and stops your foot from sliding forward in your shoes.

Heel liners

Heel liners may seem mysterious, but they provide important services. Specifically, a heel liner keeps your heel from slipping out of, and/or rubbing the back of  your shoe. It also prevents blisters and pushes your feet slightly forward, ensuring a tighter fit. 

Foot Liners (slingback and full length)

If your toes rub against your shoes, try foot liners. The full length variety can protect your toes and heel from rubbing raw. The slingback type is just right for mules or slingback shoes. 


Hikers have been using moleskin for years. One side is adhesive and the other is soft flannel. Stick on any trouble spots to prevent blisters. These are much more effective than the drugstore attempts to prevent blisters. 


Apply transparent roll on deodorant to any part of your shoe that tends to chafe. (Think: straps.) This will encourage your shoe to glide rather than harshly rub on your foot. 


Make Changes, if necessary

Shave down your heel

What? I know, right? A cobbler can shave up to an inch off of your heel to make it more walkable. Generally, this works best for shoes with a spiked heel. Have I tried this? I must admit, I have not. If you do, please let me know how it goes.

Stretch shoes that are too tight

You can either take them to a cobbler or invest in a shoe stretcher. These are especially helpful for new shoes. 

Take care of your shoes

Monitor your heels to ensure that one hasn't become worn down or uneven, causing you to walk unevenly. A cobbler can remedy this. 

It's time to head out to get yourself a pair of pretty heels. When you do, remember to wear them around the house to break them in before heading out on the town. Nordstrom is the only retailer I know of that will allow you to return your shoes after you've worn them. If you are venturing into new territory, try your first pair from there. Nordstrom also has more variety online than in the store. So, search Nordstrom.com, as well. When you find a brand that you like, search the web and other retailers for more styles to try. Happy shopping!