How to Dress up for a Special Occasion | 22 Words

Getting ready for a fancy occasion can be a lot of fun...but it can also be super painful. I don't know if you've noticed this already, but there are so many parts of “looking good" that actually feel pretty darn terrible.

Like plucking your eyebrows! You don't want any rogue hairs sprouting up and making a bad impression, but there's virtually no way to get them out of your face without, you know, physically yanking them out. No thanks. (Although, protip: I did recently discover that plucking after a shower results in much less pain!)

There's also waxing, squeezing yourself into whatever shapewear you delusionally purchased as part of your outfit, dealing with the underwire from your bra poking you right in your side, and then — Dun Dun Dunnnnn — it's time to put on the shoes.

If you're really trying to bring your outfit to the next level, that means you're wearing high heels. It also means that your feet are gonna be in pain for hours. For whatever reason, we decided as a society that cramming your feet into uncomfortable shoes that feel like you're constantly on your tiptoes is attractive — and you've gotta admit, they do look good. But at what cost?!

As it turns out, the reason it feels like you're standing on your tiptoes whenever you wear high heels is...well, because you are standing on your tiptoes. Practically all of your body weight rests solely on your toes and the ball of your foot, which (believe it or not) is not how your body was designed to function. Hence, the pain.

Most people think that all they need to do to make their shoes more comfortable is pop in one of those cushioned insoles you can get at the grocery store. But those people are so, so wrong. Cushioning your foot doesn't eliminate the pain — it just masks it for a little while.

What you really need is an insole that literally changes the position of your foot so that your weight is evenly distributed. Luckily for all of us, such a thing actually exists.

The Vivian Lou insole is the only one I've found that actually rotates your heel bone up in order to evenly distribute your weight throughout your entire foot. The result? No more pain! Seriously. With one of these insoles in your shoe, you can wear even the highest heels in your closet for up to four times as long without feeling any pain — that's four times as many dances at your best friend's wedding!

Not only that, but the insoles are designed to keep your foot from slipping forward and cramming your poor toes even further into your shoe. And the clear resin insert is basically invisible — even your strappiest sandals won't reveal them.

Order yourself a pair or two (they're running a buy-2-get-1-free promo as I write this) pop 'em into your favorite heels (it only takes about 60 seconds to get them in place), and immediately feel the difference. Who knows? You might actually find yourself wanting to wear heels every night instead of just for special occasions! (Maybe leave the underwire bra in your drawer, though.)