Friday, 15 June 2012

How to walk in heels

Confession: I have never really been a heel girl. I only started wearing heels this year. I used to have a tendency of buying heels but end  up giving them away 'cause I have always been too much of a chicken to walk outside the house with them. lol... crazy I know. I've always thought I would fall or something. But this year I stepped out and did my thing and it actually felt good. Heels are amazing, can't believe I took so long to actually start rocking them. Anyway I thought it would be cool to post a blog in wearing heels. I wish someone has told me a couple of things before I started walking in them.


1. Start small and work your way up. Don't go from not ever having worn heels to slipping on some 4 inch stilettos. There are many heels to choose from, varying in height, thickness and shape. Training your feet will allow your ankles to develop the strength they need to walk safely and gracefully in high heels.


2. Choose your shoes carefully. Not all high heels are created equal. Stand in your shoes on a hard floor with your knees straight, and see if you can raise yourself on your toes an inch. If you can't, the heels are too high for you right now, and you shouldn't wear them. If you try to wear heels this tall, you'll end up walking with your knees bent forward, and that's a good way to get very sore, not to mention looking rather daft. You also want there to be just enough "breathing room" so you can add cushions in the soles later.

3. Take baby steps. Walking in the highest heels isn't like the walking you learned to do when you were a child, so you have to do a few things that might feel counterintuitive

  • Take small, slow steps, making sure not to bend your knees any more than you normally would. You'll notice that heels tend to shorten your stride a bit. The taller the heel, the shorter the stride ends up being.

  • Put your heel down first right before your toes (don't plop them down at the same time, and don't put your toes down first). Once your weight is on the balls of your feet, shift your weight forward, as if you're walking on your tip toes.

  • Keep your legs close together. Catwalk models will often cross one foot slightly in front of the other to give their hips a little more sway, but it'll take some extra practice to master this.

  • Stand with the heel of one foot touching the middle of the other foot, while cocked at an angle from it. Put your weight on the toe of the foot in back and when it gets tired, switch.

     4. Practice. Wear your heels for a day around the house before you wear them out. This will not only allow you to get used to wearing them, but it will also create scuffs on the bottom so that they're less slippery. Make sure you practice doing all the things you would normally do while walking, such as:

  • Changing direction. Walk, stop, pivot or turn around, and walk some more.

  • Expose your heels to different surfaces. You will likely need to walk on both floors and carpets and you may one day be expected to walk on a slippery, wooden floor so that you can...

  • Dance. If you're planning on wearing your heels to a nightclub or a party where you know you're going to want to boogie down, then dance to the beat of your own drummer in the privacy of your home until your comfortable shaking things up in your heels.

  • Don't forget about the stairs! Place your entire foot on each step as you come down the steps, but only place the ball of your foot on each step as you go up. Hold onto that railing gracefully, just in case.

  • Walking in heels indoors is very different to walking in them outdoors. Without the soft cushioning of carpet, or the flat even indoor surface of linoleum or wood, walking in heels can be ten times as difficult. Even minor surface flaws in tarmac will present difficulties, so try walking up and down outside your house a few times. A good place to practice after you've gotten the hang of it in your house is to wear your heels to the supermarket. Use your cart for balance!

    5. Add cushioning wherever there's a lot of pressure and/or friction. There are cushions made in various shapes and from different materials that you can stick on the inside of your shoe for more comfortable walking. Use them generously

    6. Give your feet a break. Sit down every twenty minutes or so. If you're in the bathroom, sit down. Don't take your heels off, this will only allow the pain to worsen. They swell a bit after you take them off, which makes it harder to continue after.Q

    QUESTION: At which age did you start wearing heels? and hows your first time?

    The higher your HEEL, the closer you are to Heaven  pain.

    Source: Please note that these tips are not my brains, I got them from Wikihow, here----> Wiki


    1. I love heels, but I never thought I would. I try not to go for heels higher than 4 inches, because I don't want to look clumsy when walking. LOL.

      I like any type of heels though, thin, chunky, etc. Heels are very feminine and are a good way to get great legs. Well, you also have to exercise :)

      I'm not sure when I began wearing heels, but I think it was in my late teenage years :)

      1. lol... I know right!!! That is how I also feel

    2. I love my heels! Far too often I opt out a wearing them because I am 6 ft. tall and think I look mammothly giant - which is sad.
      Oh goodness, I think I started wearing heels in my first year of university. And to this day I still can't wear them for more than a couple hours.

      Great tips for any girl to follow! Thanks!

      1. lol.... You are just like me. I only wear them to church for now and no guessing what is the first thing that I do when I get home after church! lol

    3. This was super helpful thank you so much! I usually feel like an oaf in heels haha I'll use these tips to be more graceful. I started wearing heels when i was 14!

      1. 14??? Girl, you are joking right? lol I wasn't even thinking about wearing them at that age!! LOL. I bet you are a pro by now

    4. Great advice. I'm passing this on to some ladies in my family as well!


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