Basics of How to Walk in Heels

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Tip 1 Walk Heel To Toe

The easiest way to look like an amateur in heels is to put your whole foot down at once as if you’re wearing flats. When wearing heels, put your heel down first, followed by your toe. This will make your walk look more natural.

Tip 2 Take Small Steps

Wearing heels makes your stride shorter than normal, so you’ll have to take an increased number of small steps to go the same distance. We’re not recommending baby steps, but don’t try to take your usual long strides either.

Tip 3 Pace Yourself

Trying to walk quickly in heels often ends up looking quite awkward. Between the smaller steps and the compromised balance, it’s best to take your time in heels. Besides, walking slowly gives off an air of confidence.

Tip 4 Lean Back Slightly

You may find you want to walk faster than your heels will allow, and end up craning your neck forward to compensate. This ends up looking strange, so allow yourself to lean just the slightest bit back when walking in heels, as this will counteract your inclination to lean forward.

Tip 5 Visualize Yourself Walking in a Straight Line

When you want to draw a straight line, you’ll get better results if you look at your end point as you draw, rather than looking at your pencil as it moves. Similarly, when walking in heels, you’ll walk more gracefully if you look at your goal point (maybe it’s the podium at the end of the stage), and visualize a straight line going toward your end point, rather than looking down at your heels as you walk.

Tip 6 Arch Your Foot Slightly

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.

Tip 7 Make Sure Your Shoes Fit Properly

We cannot stress this enough. You want to make sure your heels (or any shoe, for that matter) are the proper size. If they're too big, your foot will slide around awkwardly. Too small and your foot will feel cramped, which'll make walking a pain — literally and figuratively. For the best fit, get your foot sized frequently. Your foot size changes over the years, even as much as one full size, especially after having kids. Have your feet sized once a year, and do it if you’ve never had it done. A lot of people think they’re a wide or vise versa, and they’re not, so definitely do that before you shop.

If your heels are for day time wear then shop at lunch time or early afternoon so they will have had time to swell a little. If the heels are for evening wear then shop at the end of the day. Your feet will swell more throughout the day and you want the fit to be as accurate as possible.

Tip 8 Be Conscious of Your Posture

Engage your abs — this gives you poise and control. Walk heel to toe, which transfers impact to the leg instead of the ball of the foot. And relax your hips and knees so you'll be fluid and graceful. It's kind of like doing that thing where you pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time. It seems impossible at first but then, eventually, you get into a rhythm. Your Mother was right about posture after all. But we won't tell her if you don't want us to.

Tip 9 Rest is Not a Four Letter Word

There's no shame in taking a seat now and then. It'll give your feet a chance to rest so when you are on your feet, you'll be able to walk more comfortably.

Tip 10 Let The Music Play

You don't think about every step you take when you're walking in flip flops or flats, so try not to think too hard about the way you walk in heels. Concentrating too hard will make you look awkward. Instead, think about walking to a beat. It’s about having a little spring in your step. If you walk to the subway and put your headphones on and walk to music listen to the rhythm and walk to the beat. Feel like you’re dancing, almost. Feel like you're on the set of your own biopic.

Tip 11 Break in the Soles

Scratch the bottom of your soles with sandpaper. It seems like a strange idea to purposely rough-up a brand new pair of shoes, but slick soles don't provide any traction on surfaces like hardwood and tile. To mitigate this problem, scuff them up a bit. If you don't have sandpaper, stroll up and down a sidewalk instead.

Tip 12 Work That Core

Besides giving you hopes of getting a six-pack, building inner core strength can actually help you walk better. Good posture starts with having a strong core. Perhaps that’s the secret behind celebrities and models walking for hours on end in sky-high shoes. To feel more stable in fabulous shoes, you need to have a fabulous core. exercises such as Pilates can help with balance issues.

Bonus Tip - Commuter Shoes

The woes of commuting are plentiful; packed buses, malfunctioning train doors, major traffic delays, but being subjected to the uncomfortable shoes you have to wear to work all in the name of professionalism doesn't have to be one of them. By the end of the day, your feet are covered in blisters. They're sore and crying for help. What's a working girl to do? Save your fashion heels for work and wear some stylish lower heeled, commuter shoes.

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