We’ve all envied Carrie Bradshaw as she strutted around New York City, flaunting the hottest of designer heels. Fortunately for Carrie, she was a freelance writer who normally did her typing wearing a pair of tighty whities, and she didn’t have to worry about the hassle of actually wearing heels at the office.

We’ve also all heard the naysayers with the reasons not to wear them. We’ve been told time and time again that heels are bad for our backs, we risk a pretty heavy duty fall (depending on the height of our shoes, of course), and they prevent us from being active and walking around.

Despite these potential risks, there’s just something about those few inches that lifts not only our feet, but our spirits as well. Even as I stand a few inches above most without heels, I vow to wear them just the same. And I intend on wearing my heels both in and out of work for a very long time, so it’s important to master the ways to be able to do so.

Ways to Wear Them

1. Bring Alternate Footwear

If you’re sitting at a desk all day, chances are you can slip your toes out from your heels and let them breathe every now and then. But more often than not, your day will consist of many ups and downs. In cases like these, bringing some alternate footwear will prove highly in your favor. Find a pair of easy fold up flats that you can toss into your handbag and take with you to work. If your feet really start to kill or you can anticipate a long period of not being able to sit coming on, throw on your flats to rescue your feet. Or if you find yourself being stationary at your desk, get active with your flats and walk around for a bit.

2. Carry Commute Shoes

Some of us have no problem sporting our pumps around the halls of the office, but it’s the trek from the subway, train or parking lot that really puts us over the edge. For these ladies, a flimsy pair of flats may not cut it. Wear your favorite fur boots or comfortable sneakers for the hike so that by the time you get to the office, your feet will be well taken care of.

3. Invest in Insoles

For those of us who have unyielding loyalty to our stilettos and refuse to do any kind of shoe swap throughout the day, finding a pair of soft insoles will be your best bet. These silicone gels will protect your foot from damage and keep your feet in place – and in peace.

4. Stretch it Out

Stretching is not just for athletes anymore. Wearing heels just became a competitive sport, and pretty soon we may be seeing women everywhere doing some heavy training in their cubicles. There are tons of easy ways to stretch your feet and calf muscles to prevent pain almost instantly.

5. Sensible and Stylish

I know in this heel Olympics, the highest and slenderest heels tend to dominate the competition, but they are likely to cause the most damage. A simple way to avoid the pain is to find some sensible, yet cute, heels. And, yes, it can be done. The shoes with more coverage on top, thicker heels and soles are likely to give your feet more protection against blisters and will keep you feeling sturdy. And equally important, make sure you’re wearing the right size shoe by getting sized regularly.

With heels comes femininity and confidence, as long as they’re not making you blister with every step you take. The empowerment that comes from showing off your favorite pair is irreplaceable, and being able to wear them should never be compromised. Never go a work week without rocking your heels again by utilizing a few of these tips.

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Sarah Landrum is the founder of Punched Clocks.

4 Comments on How to Rock Your Heels at the Office

  1. Vanessa @ Living in Steil
    March 4, 2015 at 9:05 pm (3 years ago)

    These are great tips for making your heels work for you! I’m a fan of always having a cute pair of flats on hand, and going for wedges or a thicker heel so I can comfortably wear them throughout the day.

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

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  2. Sarah
    March 4, 2015 at 9:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks, Vanessa! I always bring a pair of flats along, too – you never know how much walking you’re going to have to do!

    Reply

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