I'm not a fan of high heels. I mean, in theory, I'm a huge fan of high heels, because they're beautiful and make you feel like a queen, but in practice, I'm just no good with them. Not only have I made myself completely unused to wearing them by being a wimp about it for too long, but I also never find heels that fit my foot perfectly. They're always either too big or too small and they never, ever fit my high arches properly.
There are a couple of tricks to wearing heels that I've tried over time, but none of them really worked. I'd still end up changing shoes midway through the day or hobbling along while the balls of my feet went completely numb if I didn't have spare flats on me.
There is, however, one trick I hadn't tried that is supposedly the be-all and end-all of high-heel hacks, so I decided to put it to the test.
Apparently, all you need to do is tape your third and fourth toes — counting from your big toe — together.
According to Who What Wear, this little trick works because there's a nerve between these two toes, and wearing heels puts pressure on this nerve, thus leading to the pain and hobbling about. Taping the toes together reportedly alleviates the pressure on the nerve, which in turn leaves you pain-free and smiling instead of crampy and asking when is too early to go home.
To do this, you can use medical tape, which would probably be better, but I just used regular ol' Scotch tape. I tested the trick out the most scientific way I could think of: I taped the toes on my left foot and didn't tape the ones on my right, then I crammed my feet into the most uncomfortable pair of heels I own and walked around all day to see which foot felt better.
I wasn't expecting any major results, but it actually does work, you guys!
While my right foot quickly went numb on the bottom, with my big toe feeling especially numb and achy, my left foot remained unaffected. After a while, both feet hurt, but the left one hurt considerably less and didn't feel numb and cramped up; I think it hurt more from the bad fit of the shoe than the awkward heel position.
I'm so pleased to have discovered this trick and that it actually works. From now on, I'll be covertly taping my toes whenever I'll be wearing high heels. It obviously won't work with open-toed heels, but maybe there's another solution out there for those...