If your Christmas shopping includes getting new party clothes, choose your shoes last. Because your feet swell up during the day, always wait until later to try on shoes, or risk getting a pair that may feel fine at first, but end up tight and uncomfortable. Since your feet also get bigger over time, you may want to have them measured again. However, as various brands of shoes are sized differently, judge them on how they feel now, rather than counting on a “breaking-in” period; and try on both of them.
Select shoes that are 2-2½” high, with a wide heel base for support, instead of towering, unsteady stilettos that can trigger bunions, hammertoes, corns, calluses, and ingrown toenails. Buy shoes that will look dazzling with your dress, while not causing your feet any distress.