Portmanteau Commentary: Day two How to build up your feet for heels

Taking on board the observations I had made about how to start a work out for your feet on my first day, I went for a well used three inch gray pair of Calvin Klein light gray suede ankle boots.
Again, however, I've made more mistakes than sensibly imaginable considering I had thought it through.
When searching for gorgeous shoes it sometimes happens that the size of heels are slightly too big or slightly too small. Many good shoe lines run either big or small, and most of us have slightly different size of feet. For heels, always choose the smaller size. It might pinch in some points, but you will still be able to walk and these point eventually succumb to the shape of your feet. Choosing a slightly bigger one is a mistake I have made years ago and is simply not worth it. Not only making you look like a clown, they mean you can't possibly walk in them nicely as your feet automatically grip, which grips your thighs, which automatically means you walk in a funny, tense way.
The shoes I chose today were slightly small when I first got them and are now nicely worn in.
I know this seems to be an unbelievably obvious point, but it is not really. When it's raining, stay away from thin soles which you often get in vintage shoes, and sensitive leather such as suede, and light colors. Patent leather gets on with rain very well. You will notice that many good shoes have incorporated a patent leather tip into the style of the shoes, very useful in environments such as London. It is, in fact, mainly the tip of the shoe and the tip of the heel that gets wet, the rest of the shoe surface often stays admirably dry.
I had to actually use my umbrella this time around, which is why I was very glad to have chosen a pair as outlined above.
All in all I'd give myself a 6 out of 10 as I managed to walk well and nicely despite the weather, but reduced due to neglecting the conservation of the shoes by choosing the wrong type for the weather, resulting in the shoe looking like a rabbit nose by the time I reached the office:

I could tell the work out had "worked out" (sorry about the pun, here) as by the time I was able to fall into bed I had sore muscles in my outer upper thighs and a tendency to to keep my feet slightly tipped as if they were still in heels. That's a very good sign that the entire leg and bodily position is adjusting to accepting this as the normal stance once more. However, make sure to do your stretching. Sit up straight with the legs straight in front of you parallel to your body. tip and flatten your feet 15-20 times, you will feel the upper muscles relaxing. Then stand up straight and bring one of your legs forward, making sure to keep both feet flat on the ground. Put your hands on the front knees, keeping your back straight, count to 10. This should stretch the hind leg. Switch legs and do the same. Do this 5 times per leg.
Now you (and I) are one day closer to walking in strappy 4 inches like as if bare feet!

Portmanteau Commentary: High Heels suitable Map

There should be a map of London and other big cities which outlines the best streets for walking in high heels.
This should include pitfalls such as "tree roots in the middle of the walk", "roadworks", "cattlegrids", "uneven stone surface", and "muddy passages".
The useful positive landmarks should be "Taxi stands", "Bench", "Bus stand", "Cafe and restaurants with big seating areas" and of course "Good shoe shops" and "Shoe repair".

Portmanteau Commentary: Day one- How to build up your feet for heels

Spring, a time for re-doings and re-workings. From the spring clean to the after Easter diet, bringing out the summer clothes and shoes. Just before fashion week in late winter, there's another important work out to be done: that of getting your feet used to heels again.
I set out this morning with the greatest intentions. However, instead of being able to "share my wisdom", I am now in the position to share my misgivings so "thou can be spared them."
Choose a day in late winter that is mild and when nothing is planned. No shopping, no lunchings or meetings. Just going to work, preferably an office, and back home.
Plan your route in advance. Figure out the most heel friendly one. Maybe there'll be a google map dedicated to good heel walks one day. Walk only the good bits. Starting with the work out where you have to walk down a hill with a sidewallk broken up by roots makes you insecure and walk like a crone. It's what happened to me. The sidewalk from the bus to the office was a lot nicer. So I have decided to walk in flats to the bus and put on heels on the bus until further notice. Don't do it at work, that defies the purpose if a work out.
Take a pair of flats, always! Especially in London you'll never know the weather. Go for one that actually makes sense with your outfit so you don't kill yourself in heels (which looks horrible) in order to look what you think is passable. I walked home in khaki moc croc leather flats. Made me lose points, but that's ok. It's only the first day.
Take a long, big umbrella and hope it will not rain. Use it as a decoy walking stick, you might need it to keep you from falling from grace. It's saved me several times today.
And last but not least, CHOOSING THE SHOES:
Choose your most comfortable heels and find an outfit that goes with it, not the other way around. I didn't do that. Bad idea. I went for an outfit I wanted to wear and some barely worn khaki gladiator 4.5 inch heels. Yes, I used to walk in them as if barefeet last summer, but that's why this is a work out, not a marathon. Winter and its flat boots, brogues and wellies makes the muscles and leg position and strength change. Therefore I suggest you learn from my mistake and start with a medium heel, no matter how comfortable you remember beeing in ultra high heels.
Go for a pair of boots, ankle boots, lace ups or some other form of heels which fully grasps your feet. It reduces the work that needs to be done by your feet and allows for the work out to focus on your legs position first!
Here's a good video that helped me years ago. It says it all.


Portmanteau Commentary: Requesting Unique Word for Upper Foot

Yes, it's the sole of our feet that touch the ground, that carry us, that takes the impact of each step we take (physically, not metaphorically).
However, surely there should be an appreciacion for each part of of our feet? In English the upper part of our feet are not given the importance of being honoured with their own word. Even the medical term, "Dorsum" or "Dorsal Surface" actually just generally refers to the "upper, outer surface of an organ" (answers.com) which can mean an upper side of an animal, also known as their back, a part if the body that has been given it's own name.
This must change, I say. What should we call the other side of our sole?