Stepping into Spooky Season: Prioritizing Foot Comfort this Halloween
As the leaves change color, the days get shorter and pumpkin spice takes over the world, Halloween enthusiasts start putting together their costumes and preparing for a night, or multiple nights, of fun and fright. But amidst the excitement of choosing the perfect ensemble, it's easy to overlook one crucial detail: our feet!
Whether you're embarking on a trick-or-treating marathon with your kids, dancing the night away at a Halloween party, or simply strolling through a haunted hayride, keeping your feet comfortable and safe is crucial. Don’t let pain and discomfort cast a shadow on your Halloween festivities, check out these tips to protect your feet this Halloween.
Avoid Tall or Chunky Shoes
Yes, Barbie will probably be one of the most popular costumes this season but even that movie acknowledged that high heels can do permanent damage to your feet. While they might be the perfect finishing touch to your outfit, we’d highly discourage high heels, platforms, or chunky shoes on Halloween, especially if you’re trick or treating or doing a lot of walking.
High heels don’t only wreak havoc on your feet and posture, they don’t offer a lot of protection for your ankles and if you’re outside, you might be walking on uneven streets or sidewalks littered with debris. In the dim evening light, these obstacles might be hard to spot and in shoes with no support, you risk injury.
Since we know that sometimes fashion wins over comfort and practicality, you can add an insole to some high heels, platform, or cute flats. Check out our Orange Light to offer shock absorption and spread out impact as you enjoy your evening.
Break In Your New or Costume Shoes
If you bought new shoes to complete your ensemble, don’t wait until Halloween night to slip them on; if you do, the results could be scary! Avoid blisters by taking the shoes you’re planning to wear with your costume for a spin before the proceedings, especially if they’re brand new.
- Spending a night walking around the house in them
- Wearing thick socks with them
- Using a shoe shaper to stretch them
- Using a potato to stretch them (yup! A potato!)
Match the Shoe to the Activity
If you’re going to a party, a stylish high heel might be ok for a few hours. But if you’re going to a corn maze, haunted trails or house, or even trick or treating, sensible shoes will save you a lot of discomfort in the long run. If you’re walking on uneven surfaces, consider a boot with high ankles for extra support or if you’re walking on rough surfaces, add an insole to whichever shoe you choose. Not only can they provide extra cushioning, but they also distribute pressure, reduce impact, and prevent fatigue.
Consider the Weather
Depending on the climate, you might need a winter jacket under your costume and waterproof or snow proof shoes.
If rain threatens to make your night a soggy affair, waterproof boots or shoes can be your savior, keeping your feet dry and cozy. For those colder nights when frost might be nipping at your toes, thermal or woolen socks paired with insulated shoes can ensure your feet remain warm and snug. Conversely, if the evening is unseasonably warm, breathable materials and lighter footwear can prevent overheated, sweaty feet.
For any shoe with a closed heel and tall sides, including chic flats, adding an insole can prevent your night from going from fun scary to painful scary. They can also prevent unexpected frights from sneaking up on you the next day in the form of sore feet or back pain.
Insoles provide an added layer of cushioning, contouring to your foot's unique shape, and distributing weight evenly, thus alleviating pressure points. Especially for Halloween, when you might be on your feet for extended periods or walking longer distances than usual, this additional support can be invaluable. Additionally, insoles can aid in correcting foot posture, ensuring that each step you take is biomechanically sound, reducing the likelihood of strain on your feet, knees, hips, and lower back. So, before you step out into the night's eerie adventures, slide an insole into your shoe.
The only thing scary on Halloween should be the ghosts, ghouls, and haunted attractions you go out looking for! Don’t let sore feet or injury slow you down. Not sure what insole is best for you? Try our insole quiz. Protect your feet, and your night, so you can feel better and do more!