7 Tips on How to Walk in High Heels ...


7 Tips on How to Walk in High Heels ...
7 Tips on How to Walk in High Heels ...

So you’re a ballet flats and flip-flops kind of girl. Or maybe you LIVE in your Chuck Taylors. But your BFF just called and needs you to stand up in her wedding, and that requires, *gasp*, HEELS! Calm down. There is nothing to be afraid of. Read on to find out how you can successfully walk down the aisle or down the street without hurting yourself, and look good while you do it.

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Start with Good Posture

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As with any project you need to start with a good foundation. One of the keys to walking in high heels is good, strong, solid posture. Make sure your body is relaxed and your arms are loose and at your sides since they will help you balance as you walk. You should be standing up straight, your head high and your feet facing forward.


Get Good Well Fitting Shoes

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I don’t care how cute those shoes look on you, if they don’t fit right you are going to look more like Bambi on ice rather than Beyonce at the Grammy’s. Start off slow with a moderately sized heel (1-2 inches) and then as you grow accustomed to them, up the size. Try to break your shoes in BEFORE you have to wear them, let's say on a date, that way they are better fitted to your feet and you don’t wind up with blisters at the end of your night. Try to shop for shoes in the evening when your feet at at their biggest from being on them all day. Remember that you can always make your shoes smaller, but you can't EVER make your feet smaller.


Make Sure They Have All the Fixings

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Your shoes a bit loose? Purchase padding for the inside heel and pad of your shoe, that will help them fit better. Soles a bit slippery? You can buy sole grippers at your local shoe store that will add the perfect amount of traction right where you need it. You should also consider buying gel insoles for a little extra boost to your heels comfort level.


Slow and Steady Wins the Race

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Relax your body. Take one step forward, leading with your hips, placing the ball of your foot down first, following through with the rest of your foot, heel to toe, distributing your weight as evenly as possible. Try to keep your body fluid and your stride small, making sure you are picking up your feet, not just shuffling them forward. Make sure that your feet are facing forward, legs are close together, and your knees aren’t bending any further than they normally would. As you grow accustomed to wearing heels, your body will naturally up your stride or speed. Let your arms swing naturally at your sides for added balance.


Beware the Raod Ahead

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Even experienced heel walkers can have some major difficulties on various surfaces, so try to be aware of the surface you are walking on, and adjust your steps accordingly. Super slippery surface? Tiled flooring or boardwalks? Your heel could get stuck inbetween the boards so make sure that your stepping on the flat solid parts of the board. Cobblestones? Use extra caution as the stones are usually not big enough to put your entire foot on at once, and tend to be irregularly shaped.


Ask You BFF for Help

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No, not her, your OTHER BFF, you local shoe cobbler. Rumour has it that Marilyn Monroe would have one of the heels of each of her shoes shaved down slightly so that no matter how she stood she had a sexy little curve to her hips. There is no reason you can’t do the same. Better yet, ask your BFF to customize your shoes for just the right fit.


Fake It

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If all else fails, smile. One of the biggest reasons women look so pretty walking in heels is the confidence that seems to be oozing from every pore. You can fake this confidence for as long as you need to with simple little tricks. Pretend that you are the most beautiful woman in the world, and that everyone is dying to be near you. Try to envision yourself as the epitome of beauty and class, and that your walk is a testament to that fact.

Whether you have a want to add a little more pep to your step on your next date or you are being forced to leave you converse comfort zone, use these tips to rise to the occasion and walk confidently. Do you know of any other tips for walking in high heels? Please share... and we'll add them to the list!

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very nice

Could you do one on about tall girls like 5'6" to 6'+ could wear heels/pumps? and what are good or not good to wear.

Wow, these are awesome tips even for experienced high heel girls. I for one think that keeping posture and keeping low speed are essential for a good walk in high heels. It's never pretty when a women resembles a Christmas Candy Cane, so yeah, let's keep those backs straight. Also, it's been my #1 high heel rule of the last couple of years that if the heel in a shoe is too high, no matter how much you want the shoe, don't buy it. It'll end up sitting in your closet, no matter how fab that pair is. I got a pair of Sergio Rossi boots I've been obsessing over and they had this ridiculously high heel - 4.7 inches. I still love them, but I can not stand or walk in them over 2 hours. It simply becomes a torture. So, now I am sticking to 4 inches max for evening shoe and 3.5 inches for day shoe. And also look for those shoes that come with a little platform - they give you the hight, yet the heel itself is not that high, so they are easier to walk in. Thanks again for the fab tips!

These are useful tips .Thanks the poster

I definitely agree with number 7, if you fake it then you look ah-mazing and actually might be able to pull off those 5 inch stilettos!

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