THE LONG ROAD HOME: 7 Essentials for Fabulous Feet

SEVEN ESSENTIALS FOR A GOOD NIGHT OUT IN HEELS

Letting loose on the weekend is an American pastime. From tailgates to dance floors, there’s a not-so-subtle double standard at play. While men can throw on a pair of sneakers (or maybe leather shoes if they’re feeling fancy), women are expected to keep up in a pair of three-inch heels and a skirt. It’s the classic Ginger Rogers dilemma. And while things are far from fair, there are some simple ways for women to even the field. Dr. Suzanne Levine, a New York City podiatrist, offers the following list of essentials for your night out. — Institutebeaute.com

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ROLL-UP FLATS Because no one wants to be the girl carrying her heels home at 3 a.m. It’s depressing, and also the quickest way to pick up a case of tetanus. But, Dr. Levine advises, “One woman’s shoe being as flat as a ballet slipper without any arch support is as much a troublemaker as another’s woman’s stiletto.” Essentially, play up the arch of your foot and find what feels right. Dr. Scholl’s Fast Flats are a great, affordable option.

GEL INSERTS On that note, Dr. Levine recommends a product she’s created called “Pillows for Your Feet®.” “The balls of your feet, the fatty cushions, carry three times your body weight even when barefoot” explains Dr. Levine. These inserts, which come in two versions for heels and flats, sit comfortably under your arch and redistribute weight evenly.

BAND-AIDS Here’s another no-brainer. Get the ones with antibacterial ointment as a preventative measure for blisters.

MOISTURIZING CREAM Dr. Levine recommends a bronzer that will pull double-duty by soothing the skin and adding a glow to compliment your white heels. Also, “use cuticle cream to prevent ingrown toenails.” Burt’s Bees makes a nice lemon butter version that will fit snuggly in your pocket.

MARBLES Believe it or not, but rolling your foot on a couple of marbles is a great DIY reflexology—especially if your foot’s been stretched and squeezed into a four-inch heel all night. Just ignore any funny looks from your friends.

STILETTO RX® This is one of Dr. Levine’s most exciting new products. Stiletto Rx® is a topical numbing spray that applies to the foot in seconds and soothes away foot pain. In conjunction with “Pillows for Your Feet®,” you’ll feel like a million bucks on the dance floor.

IBUPROFEN Not only helpful for pain relief, but these handy pills also act as an anti-inflammatory if your feet are taking a beating.  Advil makes a pocket sized pack of 10 that’s perfect.