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How To Walk In High Heels
Whilst most of us love high heels and stilettos, others don't wear them
very often. Some are intimidated by high heels, while others have just never
had the occasion to wear high heels.
Either way, when a "high heel occasion" rears its ugly head, many
will stay home with their trusted friend, the sneaker. If fear is keeping you
out of the sexy high heels and stiletto heels that you covet, set your phobias aside! Walking in high heels
is not that difficult, and with a bit of practice, you'll stepping out in stiletto heels and platform shoes in no time.
- First practice just
standing in high heels. In front of a full length mirror, stand for a
while, then turn slightly to each side. Not only will you be able to check
your posture and profile, but the act of merely standing in high heels
will help remove some of your apprehension, and let you get accustomed to
the added height of the heel.
- Take a few steps in your
high heels. If possible, do this at first on a hard floor (not too
slick), or in a room with low carpeting, as really thick or padded
carpeting can throw off your balance.
- As you walk in high
heels, remember to keep your legs straight and as close together as
possible. With each step, point your feet as straight in front of you as
you can. Start off with slow, determined steps at first, being extra
conscientious of each step. As you build confidence and experience walking
in high heels, it will become much more natural.
- Continue walking back
and forth across the room, turning different directions, and stopping
without wobbling on your high heels. Once you're comfortable with this,
try the same thing on different floor surfaces, and remember to start off
slowly with each one.
- When it comes to actually
walking comfortably, practice, practice, practice. If you haven't
ever worn high heels, or you are already comfortable in high heels, this
sounds silly. But trust me, the first time you put them on, you'll see
what I mean. Wearing high heels is a totally different walking experience,
and if you take it for granted, you'll not only end up with sore feet, but
possibly an injury. And, if you have a bad experience first time out,
you'll be doomed to flats forever.
- As you grow more confident
in your abilities to walk, turn, and do all the other things you might
need to do in high heels, you can move up to the height of shoe you'll
be wearing on the day or night of your event - but remember to start
slowly with each bit of added height. Jumping from two inch heels to four
inch heels probably will not be quite as disorienting as your first step
in any high heels, but it still will require patience and practice.
- When wearing high heels
on a staircase, always use the rail if it is available, or at least be
close enough to a rail that you can reach it if you need to. When climbing
steps, your entire shoe heel and sole should land firmly at once on each
- If you know you'll be slow
dancing in your high heels, you should practice side-to-side stepping,
as well as turning slowing in your high heels before actually hitting the
- If high heels are not your
thing, or if this is the first time you'll be walking a lot in high heels,
you may want to consider "working your way up" to the heel
height you'd like to be wearing. Start with a lower heel than the high
heels you'll be wearing on the day or evening of the event, and practice
walking in them first, using the above steps as you work your way up
through to higher heels.
- Consider starting out with
a chunkier high heel, or platform shoes as opposed to a stiletto. Platform heels and platform soles will give you far more stability. If the high heels you'll
eventually be walking in have a thinner heel, you can at least adjust
first to the "added height" element before adding balance to the
- If possible try to limit
the number of obstacles in the first high heels you'll be wearing - for
example, a pair of high heels with rounded toes will probably be more
comfortable than pointy-toed shoes, and you can concentrate more on
walking gracefully in high heels if your toes aren't being pinched
- Try at first to avoid
backless, or extremely flimsy high heels. Opting for a pump, or a sandal
with an ankle strap will add support for your ankles, and will definitely
help in your attempt to walk in high heels.
- Fast dancing in high heels
can be extremely dangerous, and should be avoided. But don't think it's
okay to simply throw off your shoes and head barefoot onto the dance
floor. This can be equally or more dangerous if you were to step on broken
glass, or have someone else's spiked heel come down squarely on the top of
your foot. If you have a chance to remove high heels before dancing, do!
When clubbing, opt for a lower heeled shoe that you can dance safely in -
or go to the club, and don't dance.