How to Survive Walking Your Way Around NYFW

Happy September!

I received compensation from Dr. Scholl’s® to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own.

#advertisement | September means we're closer to my favorite season – autumn – but it also means we've arrived at the "fashion month," starting in New York on September 6! This is only going to be my third season at New York Fashion Week so I'm nothing close a veteran, but I have definitely learned some very important things from attending the last two seasons.

One of the first things that I learned is to NOT rely on ride apps to get you to shows on time because traffic in the city gets so crazy! Although it is indeed a lot more fashionable to arrive in a car, there's no point in arriving if you can't get there before the show starts! So, the best option really is to take the subway, or sometimes, to just walk!


I generally walk a lot in the city on a daily basis, but when it comes to wearing nice shoes, and often times, heeled new shoes, which is the case during NYFW, you really need to get your dear feet all the help you can get to survive the week.

Read on as I share some of my personal tips and tricks:

Call Dr. Scholl’s For Help

Well, not literally. But sort of! One of my secret weapons to more comfortable walks is Dr. Scholl's. The brand’s collection of insoles is intensive and covers all sorts of concerns; they are designed to provide your feet with all-day comfort so you can wear the shoes you want for a longer period of time.

When I wear heels, the ball of my foot tends to take on the most pressure because I'm basically tip-toeing the whole time. Hence, I personally love  Dr. Scholl's Stylish Step™ Ball Of Foot Cushions for High Heels. Whenever I purchase a new pair of heels now, I always then stop by Target to get the cushions (you can find them at the footcare aisle near the pharmacy). You can also find an offer to save on Stylish Step™ with Cartwheel here; from Sept 9 to 14, you can also purchase them for 25% off deal here.

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The best part of the cushions is that no one is able to see them in my shoes, so I don’t need to compromise style and aesthetics for comfort! I've used the Stylish StepTM insoles in pumps as well as heeled boots, and in both instances, they work miraculously well. #DrScholls

Don't Walk In Brand New Shoes  

Of course, we MUST wear new shoes. It's fashion week! But even if they ARE brand new, you should at least break them in at home before you venture out in them, because you are otherwise putting yourself at high risk of not being as comfortable as you could be!

I find two methods to be really helpful when it comes to breaking in new shoes. The first is to wear a slightly thick pair of socks before putting on the new shoes and walking around in the house. I did this for my wedding heels, and it stretched it a little without making it seem like they've been worn already. If you don't have time to do that, my second choice is to stuff the new pair of shoes with socks and blow dry the tighter spots for 15 to 20 seconds.

Walk with Good Posture

Standing up tall with a straight back may sound tiring, but good posture actually helps with feet pain because our body weight then gets distributed more evenly! Plus, you want to be seen (or photographed, maybe?) walking in a beautiful posture and not slouching anyway, so it's really a win-win situation in this case!


Pack a Foldable Pair of Flats

Worst case scenario, change into a pair of flats when you're walking between shows! There are many foldable, travel-friendly choices out there now, so I'm sure it won't be difficult to find a pair that will fit into your bag!

Legs Up Against the Wall At Night

In order to make sure I can continue walking the following day, I always put my legs up against the wall before I sleep for about 20 minutes. By reversing the effects of gravity on your feet and legs, you allow fluid to flow the opposite direction. It helps relax leg muscles and reduce swelling of your feet.

What are some of your tips? Share them with me by leaving a comment below! I'd love to learn from you!

Thank you for reading!



Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.

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