by Kevin Smith June 21, 2017
Whatever you do, don’t lock your knees.
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Don't just throw on a pair of shoes out of the box. You'll want to make sure they're fully broken in before you attend the actual wedding. That's because new shoes can often be stiff and uncomfortable. If you have to be on your feet for a while (and let's face it, you will be), then make sure you're at your most optimal and that your toes aren't screaming in pain.
Slippery formal shoes can also spell disaster, especially when walking down the aisle or working it on the dance floor. To fix this, grab some sandpaper ahead of the event and rub down the soles of your shoes. That should get rid of the issue and allow your toes to get some grip. One word of advice: Make sure you don't sand too much, because you don't want to destroy the soles of your shoes.
I know this is going to sound a little weird, but hear me out. Don't lock your knees for an extended amount of time at a wedding. I have a friend who told me he fainted at a wedding recently because he locked his knees for too long while standing.
Let's face it, you're going to be standing up a lot, and probably for a long time. Some people have a tendency to lock their knees for balance and stabilization. This is bad for you because, according to Dr. Richard Nicholas from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, "the low rate of blood return to the heart in these situations results in hypo-perfusion of the brain and at times the fainting spell. Standing at attention, or with one’s knees locked, may amplify the process."
So with that said, don't force the muscles in your legs to stay in one position, and be mindful of how you're standing to prevent a disaster.
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