3 ways to treat your feet this Christmas party season

It’s Christmas party season! So, you’re probably wondering what shoes to wear. Here, Rachel Clinkard from Charles Clinkard offers her tips for finding fashionable yet functional footwear, as well as how to care for your feet after the festivities.

Christmas is the perfect excuse to get dressed up to the nines. And, with so many parties and festive events taking place throughout the season, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so. There’s nothing better than booking your hair and makeup appointments and putting together the perfect party outfit — finished with a pair of dazzling shoes.

If the thought of spending a whole evening strapped into a pair of painful high heeled shoes is making your toes curl, you’re not alone. Research has shown that only one in five women (22%) purchased heels last year, compared to 29% in 2017, and more casual shoes such as flat sandals (22%) are now just as popular as heeled shoes (Mintel). In fact, many brands and designers famous for their sky-high stilettos are now offering fashionable flats to keep up with this trend.

If you’re looking for fashionable yet functional flats or to soothe sore feet after a night of celebrating Christmas, below I’ll be sharing a few shoe shopping and footcare tips with you to help keep you dancing.

How to choose the right shoes

Aside from choosing shoes that perfectly complement your outfit, there are a few other elements to consider when picking your perfect pair.

Fit

Shoes that are too small can pinch and shoes that are too large can rub, both of which can put a damper on your party spirit. So, you may also want to get your feet measured properly before you start looking for footwear just to make sure you’re buying the right size.

Heel

When it comes to optimum heel height, three inches or less will feel the most comfortable and there are plenty of cute flats available right now that will go with any party outfit. As it’s Christmas, look for sparkly sequins, embroidery, or other embellishments to really up the wow factor.

Style

In terms of style, shoes with an ankle strap are easier on your ankles and knees as you’re not working to keep your shoes on as you walk. If you find that it’s your toes that hurt the most after a night out, look for round or almond shaped shoes rather than a pointed toe.

Extras

Once you’ve found your dream pair of flat shoes, you can fashion them into the comfiest pair you own by using cushioned insoles or foot and heel inserts. These can help keep your feet as comfy as possible, even during long bouts of standing up and celebrating. If you’ve chosen a strappy sandal, you may also want to consider some soft strap cushioning strips to keep them from rubbing.

Alternatively, you can protect your feet by wearing tights or socks. Plus, they will keep you nice and warm during these chilly December evenings.

Festive footcare

In the run up to Christmas, I would recommend taking good care of your feet to limit the number of lumps and bumps that could cause you bother when you’re wearing your new shoes. Exfoliate gently yet thoroughly to remove dead skin and moisturise with a foot cream to keep them soft. Make sure your toenails are clipped and filed as they could catch or dig into the side of your toes.

At the party, the key to stamina is giving your feet lots of little breaks, so try sitting down every hour or so to grab a drink and give your feet a rest. You may want to take some blister pads and plasters to the party with you so you can target problem areas as they appear, but a lubricating and freshening foot spray can help prevent rubbing from occurring in the first instance. They’re designed for use when wearing shoes without socks so they’re perfect for protecting your skin and reducing the friction.

The next day, your sore feet could do with a soak. Spend a few minutes stretching your feet and toes, then fill a tub or footbath with warm water and add your favourite bath oils or salts. Then, simply take a seat, pop your feet in, and ease your tired muscles. About 20 minutes or so should do the trick. Afterwards, target any blisters with antiseptic cream and any swollen parts of your foot with ice, and they’ll be back to normal in no time.

The tips in this guide can help you prepare your feet and choose shoes that are easy to wear this Christmas. Then, you can enjoy the rest of the festive party season in style with as few blisters and bumps as possible. Merry Christmas!

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3 ways to treat your feet this Christmas party season
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Christmas is the perfect excuse to get dressed up to the nines. And, with so many parties and festive events taking place throughout the season, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so. There’s nothing better than booking your hair and makeup appointments and putting together the perfect party outfit — finished with a pair of dazzling shoes.
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