Fashion Advice: Arch Support

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Dear Budget Fashionista: I have a problem with shoes—specifically, flats and pumps. I cannot wear shoes without socks because my heels will always become irritated and bleed. In the summer, it’s ridiculous to wear stockings with cute shoes, but is there some trick I’m missing here? Or am I just hyper-sensitive?

One more foot problem—I have very high arches, and as much as I love ballet flats, they cause all sorts of problems with my feet if I walk any distance in them at all (even just around the office) due to a lack of arch support.

Arch Support For Stylish Shoes

Do you have some secret fashionista tricks for how to wear good-looking shoes without suffering so much?

Answer: A few tricks that I use…

1. Make sure you get heel guards every time you purchase a pair of shoes—they are sort of rectangular padded shaped guards that you stick inside your shoe to prevent your shoes from rubbing and slipping on your heel. Nordstrom gives them out like water—so you could probably score a couple of free pair from them.

2. You can buy arch supports to stick in your shoes (I have the same problem), that aren’t bulky or orthopaedic looking at Target (Located in the footcare section). Speaking of Target, Isaac Mizrahi has the cutest pair of black suede flats that have both padding and light arch support. If this doesn’t work, take your shoes to a cobbler and have them build arch supports for you in your shoes.

If all else fails, you may want to take a visit to your foot doctor—I do know they can recommend exercises to help stretch out your arches and may have additional resources to help you look fabulous and be pain free.