From both a sartorial and comfort perspective, choosing the wrong shoes is a fashion week disaster. Whilst I can’t chose your outfits 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. Go through your collection and choose the shoes you love and that are comfortable. Make sure you have some flats, or at least a lower heel/wedge with a round toe. (Even Manolo Blahnik has been suggesting that heels might not be the best for this weather!)
Planning on wearing new shoes? Get them least a couple of days before hand so you can wear them in around home/the 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 - always, always have some of these in your bag. There will always be someone who needs them, even if it’s not yourself. Compeed‘s extensive range can be picked up at many pharmacies.
Support hose – yup, doesn’t sound glamorous but it’s still winter so lots of us will be wearing tights. Support hose do make a difference and the ones you can get these days just look like normal tights. Wolford’s 50 and 100 denier support tights are some of the best.
If offered a lift, take it
Don’t wait until your feet get tired. The aim is to keep your feet 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 – wriggle your toes, circle your feet, flex your ankles, stretch those calves. Give your feet a massage with footcream 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!)
Look forward to seeing you there!