When the paparazzi caught Victoria Beckham on the beach in flat sandals this weekend, they zoomed in on an apparent bunion on her foot. Since the problem (a swelling of the joint in the big toe) is often associated with high heels, it's not like we're surprised that Beckham could have one-she does, after all, do everything from red carpet to grocery shopping in 6-inchers. J. Alexander from America's Next Top Model gave some tips to Allure on how to wear heels without pain that we thought worth revisiting...
- Buy heels a half-size too big to allow for a bit of swelling. When your feet hurt, your whole body hurts, and it shows in your face. The point is to look good in those shoes.
- In heels, much of your weight rests on the balls of your feet, which means that walking requires a whole different motion than you'd use when wearing flats. Aim for a heel and ball-toe motion-the heel and ball hit the ground at the same time.
- Take longer steps than you normally would-it causes you to