Vanity Fair’s Michael Carl (aka @carlscrush) tweeted something brilliant yesterday:
“Are you surviving fashion week?” NO, one survives a war, a fire or even a bad fall. I am going to fashion shows, I will certainly be ok
— Michael Carl (@carlscrush) September 11, 2013
“Are you surviving fashion week?” NO, one survives a war, a fire or even a bad fall. I am going to fashion shows, I will certainly be ok”
The man is right. It’s basically an industry joke that all we do is complain during fashion week. If it’s not about the traffic, it’s about the length of the days. Or how tired we are after last night’s party, or how loud our poor stomachs are growling.
In all honestly, we know how lucky we are. We really do. There are shows that take our breath away and ones that make us weak in the knees and it’s in those moments that we stop and go…Ahh yes. This is what it’s all about.
But I’m not going to lie to you…our feet still hurt.
SO. In the spirit of NOT complaining, here are some ways we kept our feet from bleeding out, falling off and swelling up to the size of a gorillas from the heat and a bevy of blisters.
I, for one, put deodorant across my toes when I’m wearing shoes with a bar of leather across them. I think I got this idea from that Band-Aid brand blister buster stuff that looks like deodorant. I am pretty sure it works. I tell people it works. I’m telling you right now that it works.
Leandra puts lotion on her toes when she has to slip her feet into a pair of narrow, pointy pumps. Essentially she lubes ‘em right up.
Charlotte preemptively bandages her feet before wearing a notoriously uncomfortable pair of loafers or heels, similar to the way Robin Thicke was allegedly going to preemptively sue Marvin Gay’s record company before they could sue him first. What?
Tips our moms told us: Use a thick nail file to smooth heel calluses if you’re going to wear a mule and add vaseline to your feet the night before. (This isn’t so much about pain as it is about not looking like a caveman should your feet get shot by a street style photographer…or should they be seen by the general public.) Also, a bit of baby powder to the bottom of your feet can help alleviate that burning feeling after a day in heels.
Michael Carl, you are right. Fashion Week is in NO way a battlefield. But love is…at least that’s what Jordan Sparks once sang to us…and man oh man, do we love our shoes.
So what about you guys? What do you do to protect your feetsicles from the horrors of shoes? And what about remedies for once your feet finally do, in fact, threaten to detach from their leggy counterparts? We want to hear it all, no matter how weird it gets. I promise you: we will TRY IT.
– Amelia Diamond