Survival of the flattest – how to get through the racing season with your feet intact
We see them every year. Poor limping wounded soldiers leaning heavily on the arms of their partners, or worse, wandering barefoot with shoes in hand. If the champagne doesn’t get to you, a day in high heels will!
Many years of hard earned experience trackside has taught me a few tricks I thought I would share with you…
Do. Not. Ever debut a new pair of shoes on a day you expect to be standing for hours on end. Pop them on around the house, show them off at work and wear them in! Your feet will thank you for it.
Put your cut-to-size insoles or gel cushions in at the start of the day and remove them discreetly for instant relief when the swelling gets too much. A blessing on stinking hot days.
If you’re prone to blisters, take action before the damage is done. New healing and blister strips from BAND-AID are water-proof, provide extra soft cushioning and stay on for days. Don’t forget to pop extras in your purse.
Block heels and wedges – both a savvy girl’s savior on the lawn – have made an appearance in recent collections of Dior and Jimmy Choo. Wittner is a local high street brand stocking more affordable versions. A more practical choice than towering heels when you’re on your feet for hours.
Style does not have to come at the price of agony. A longer length skirt, particularly a fuller style, looks just gorgeous with a sophisticated flat. Ditto for trousers with a little ankle exposed. At my recent parade I showed ballerina length skirts and cropped pants with lace up ballet flats – divine!
If you’ve drunk so much that you can’t feel your blisters, you may wake up the next morning with bloodied feet as well as a throbbing head. I speak from experience here. Drink some water. Please.