“I've spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!” Does Carrie Bradshaw’s famous line from Sex and the City sound familiar? Have you ever found yourself guilty of sacrificing the more important things (like utility bills and rent) to satisfy your shoe cravings? We can’t blame you! We know how an awesome pair of footwear can instantly elevate both outfit and mood. But let’s be honest: We need to learn to set out priorities straight. That’s why we’ve compiled the top five shoe shopping mistakes and the practical solutions to help prevent you from committing them again. Read on for the full list.

Adrenalin-induced purchases often lead to buyer’s remorse. Before you plunk down your hard-earned cash for a new pair of shoes, give yourself a day or two to think about it. Contemplate on the following: Will it match the items you already own; does it fit perfectly; is it comfortable to wear; do you really need it? If you can’t stop thinking about it—to the point that it even haunts you in your dreams—then go for it!

Fit is everything. So always make sure you try on the pair and that you can wear them comfortably. Walk around the store in them. Check if your feet aren’t slipping, toes aren’t feeling cramped, and that the shoe is not too loose. Do not rely on the shoe size label alone. Shoe manufacturers have different measurement references. Remember, you’ll end up suffering future injury (blisters and sore feet) when you’re wearing the wrong shoe size.

curb to cab
Sure, they look fancy, but when that pair of towering heels becomes life-threatening, it’s just not worth it. Wearing sky-high heels strains the little bones on the balls of the toes and the shin. Plus, you might trip in them! On the average, a three-inch heel is a workable height. But if you really need a boost, grab a pair with platform for added support, and remember to give your gams a break every hour. Take a seat or lean on something.

break them in
With new shoes, come painful blisters—but only if you don’t break them in. As soon as you buy your new shoes, practice striding in them around the house. You can also place bags of ice inside your shoes to help them expand overnight!

right shoes at the right time
Evaluate your lifestyle and see which shoe styles will match it. That way, you’ll save money and closet space. If you’re working in a corporate setting, investing in a good pair of leather pumps is a good idea because they work well with crisp work wear. On the other hand, if you’re job allows you to wear casual clothing, go ahead and collect ballet flats, chunky mandals, and cool sneakers.

(Image from Instagram.com @hauteinhabit)

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