Tips – Walk elegantly in high heels

October 17, 2006 by  
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Do you ever feels you look like you’ve got two left feet when you slip into a pair of stilettos? Walking in extremely high heels is not easy, and will require lots of practice and training especially if you are new users. Even not average woman (or girl) will need high heels every day, however, there are times you have to wear them and this required some skills; know what height is considered extremely high and who would be able to both wear and walk in them. Does walking on four-inch heels or more seem like walking on nails? With these easy tips, you’ll be strutting your stuff in no time:

Tip #1 PRACTICE. If you’re a newbie first try broad, two-and-a-half inch heels to build some confidence before strapping on those stilettos. The first step in learning to walk in these heels is learning to stand. Once you’re confident standing, try walking a few steps. As you get more confident, walk slowly back and forth, and try turning in different directions, even side-stepping, always concentrating on your balance. Practice walking in them at home as you watch TV, or make yourself a cup of tea to get used to the way they feel on your feet.

Tips #2 SIZE MATTERS. Find a pair that’s comfy on your feet, and remember to allow for a bit of swelling. If you feel any pain in your ankles or feet while wearing your high heels, take them off immediately. When your feet hurt, it’ll show on your face. You will miss the ability to stand and walk comfortably much more than you miss wearing your heels. The point is to look good in those shoes.

Tips #3 GO BARE. Wearing tights or stocking can look very sexy with high heels, especially if they have a seam running up the back of the leg. But try to avoid using stockings when you can. Foot perspiration on bare feet serves a purpose by clinging to the leather of the shoe, giving you grip though this sounds gross. Avoid anything that you will slip on or sink into, such as ice, slush, mud, grass, sand, gravel and grated surfaces. If you cannot avoid dangerous surfaces, take off your shoes and walk barefoot, or make your partner carry you across.

Tips #4 MANHANDLE THOSE SHOES. Break in new heels by folding them at the ball a few times so they aren’t rigid. Scraping the soles lightly with a key, grater or a knife will keep you from slipping. If you can’t stick a blade into your Gucci’s, stick on an adhesive sole to prevent sliding.

Tips #5 WALK THIS WAY. In heels, much of your weight rests on the balls of your feet, which means it requires a whole different walking motion than when wearing flats. The typical heel-ball-toe walk doesn’t really work it looks clunky and you’ll probably snap off the heel! Aim for more of a heel and ball-toe motion where the heel and the ball hit the ground at the same time. Try practicing in mules the lack of a strap to hold your feet forces you to walk properly.

Tips #6 STRIDE RIGHT. Take longer steps than you normally would it causes you to lean back a little bit, which looks graceful. Just don’t arch your back too much or you’ll get that whole runway look going, which is way too dramatic for every day.

Tips #7 TAKE IT SLOW. Whatever you do, don’t run in heels. You’ll not just kill your feet, but your shoes as well. If you must run, take them of and do it barefoot. If you have to rush down the stairs, turn your feet sideways so you’re less likely to fall. If clothes are long, extra care should be taken when walking, as the hem of long dresses or coats can get caught in the heel. This can lead to rips and tears in the clothes and can cause a nasty accident.

Tips #8 WALK A STRAIGHT LINE. Drinking and heels do not mix. Every teetering, wobbly step will show the world you’ve had one too many. If you can’t stay away from drinking, stay close to anything (or anyone) you can lean or hold on to.

Wearing extremely high heels can damage the feet, especially if the toes are pointed, or the shoes are too tight. Damage can sometimes be so extreme that the sufferer can never wear any high heel ever again. So, for your health, you can do some exercises or warms up by take a few minutes to stretch your toes, spreading them as far as possible and relaxing them before you wearing any size of heels.

  • Winsor Pilates

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2 Responses to “Tips – Walk elegantly in high heels”
  1. Jasmin Ince says:

    Lily,

    thanks for the tips!

    Jasmin

  2. MiSs LiLy says:

    You’re welcome Jasmin. Hopefully you can practice the tips every time you want o use high heels. Thanks to you Jasmin. You’re always welcome to share your thought with us. looking forward to see you again.