We do love heels! Heels not only make you look taller , they also make your calves look slimmer, because they engage those muscles.When you wear heels, your posture naturally changes, rotating your hips to tuck in your bottom and helping to keep your back and shoulders straight. Your clothes also look better on you, especially full length skirts or dresses . High heels do add a glam quotient to our look and that is the reason why we just adore them! Wearing heels also changes the way we feel, it gives us a big boost of confidence! After all, that is why Lita Ford said “Stiletto, I look at it more as an attitude as opposed to a high-heeled shoe”.
Scroll down to check tips for walking in stilettos , and while you’re at it, why not treat yourself to a new pair of sexy heels ? After all, you’ll need something to test out your new acquired skills!
1. BABY STEPS PLEASE
Take small, slow steps, making sure not to bend your knees any more than you normally would. You’ll notice that high heels tend to shorten your stride a bit. The taller the heel, the shorter the stride ends up being.
2. HEEL TO TOE
When wearing heels, put your heel down first, followed by your toe. This will make your walk look more natural. It is important when walking in high heels to lead with the ball of the foot. Never lead with the heel as weight will often make the high heel collapse.
3. WALK IN LINE
Visualize yourself walking in an imaginary straight line.One foot should come down directly in front of the other, with your toes pointing straight ahead.
4. CHANGE YOUR POSTURE
Practice these posture techniques at home to walk comfortably in heels:
- As you take each step, or if you feel yourself slipping, arch your foot slightly to put pressure on the inside of your shoe. This will make your shoe fit closer to your foot, making it easier to maneuver.
- Put your shoulders back and down and keep your arms relaxed at your sides. Swing your arms slightly as you walk for balance.
- Bend your knees slightly, they should never be locked when walking in heels.
- When turning while walking in high heels, pivot your foot on the point of your heel.
How would you know if the shoe fits? Keep the following in mind when purchasing heels.
- The ball of the foot should rest on the widest part of the shoe.
- Always go for the size of the bigger foot.
- The length of the shoe needs to fit your longest toe.
If your shoes are ill fitting, it makes the difficult task of walking naturally in heels almost impossible. If your heels are too big, use shoe pads for a better fit. If they are too small, consider having them stretched by a local cobbler
6. TAKE A BREAK
If you are out wearing your heels for a long period ,take them off from time to time. Make it a point to bend or flex your ankles once a while to keep them from getting sore! Whenever and wherever you can, sit, sit, sit! It’ll give your feet a chance to rest so when you are on your feet, you’ll be able to walk more comfortably.
7. WORK YOUR WAY UP
Start with a lower 2-3 inch heel and work your way up to 4-5 inch heel after practicing at home. The larger your feet are, the higher a heel you will be likely to be able to wear. Try to go for wider heels as these will provide more balance. Closed in shoes can also be easier to walk in than strappy sandals as they provide plenty of support over your foot and around the heel and ankle.
8. BREAK IN
This goes for ANY shoes, really, but if you can’t walk in heels, it could be because you haven’t worn them in properly. If you fail to break in your heels before your first time wearing them, you’ll be destined for blisters. Breaking in your heels is important as it removes stiffness from the shoes and helps mold them to the shape of your feet. Just wearing your shoes around at home should be enough to break them in. Another cool way to break in your high heels is to blow dry at them while wearing socks. You should point the blow dryer at the areas that rub!