From both a sartorial and comfort perspective, choosing the wrong shoes is a fashion week disaster. Whilst I can’t whip up an outfit for you, the tips below will help you stay happy on your feet for the week.
Choose your shoes
The success of your fashion week wardrobe often starts with your shoes.‘Test drive them first’! Go through those new fave buys, as well as your always reliably and trusty collection of staples - once you have chosen a pair or three, that are at the very least mildly comfortable! Make sure you have some flats, or a lower (than usual) heel/wedge with a round toe. (Even Manolo Blahnik has been suggesting that heels might not be the best for this sort of dash and weather!)
Planning on wearing new shoes? Get them a couple of days before hand so you can frolic with them in around the home/office. Also pick yourself up some shoe protecting spray and stretching solution, just in case you need it. (Available at all good shoe repair shops.)
And, of course, pop your Alice Bows in!
The Back-up Team
Mighty peppermint - Origins Leg Lifts is a godsend. Use it morning, noon and night – anytime your legs need a pep talk. Just rub a bit on the back of my calves and you’ll be good to go for another few hours.
Vaseline – If not wearing tights, pop some on the areas of your toes that might rub. It might stop you from needing…..
Blister stickers – You’re kidding yourself if you think you don’t need some of these silent foot warriors in your bag. There will always be someone who is desperate for them, even if it’s not you. Compeed‘s extensive range can be picked up at many pharmacies.
Support hose – Yup, doesn’t sound super glam (but if you close your eyes and imagine you are Penny Johnson in Dirty Dancing, that may just get you feeling quite vogue’esqu)! With that said be slightly realistic – Winters almost here ladies (fashion disciple or not). So no shaming, lots of us will be wearing them! Support hose do compliment most to every aspect of your outfit, as well as being a wonderful thing of ‘function’! Besides the ones you can get these days don’t look like something off a Little House on The Prairie washing line - Wolford’s 50 and 100 denier support tights are something of great beauty.
If offered a lift, take it
Don’t wait until your feet get tired. The aim is to keep your them happy as long as possible so you’re still smiling at the end of the day.
End of the day rituals
Once you’re finally home, stretch your legs and your feet. Doesn’t need to be anything fancy sh'mancy – wriggle your toes, circle your feet, flex your ankles, stretch those calves. Give your feet a massage with foot cream as you pop into bed for your beauty sleep.
(If you think you’ll be too pooped to remember, just stick a note on the bathroom mirror to remind you to do it whilst washing your face. Works for me - most days!)