Beauty & Fashion
How to Walk in High Heels
Aren't high heels a wonderful invention? Forget
that you're ten pounds heavier than you'd like to be, hate your
hair, or wished you looked better in red lipstick--high heels can
make you look sexy in an instant by drawing attention to your
shapely ankles, making your legs look longer, your backside more
perfect, your breasts more pert and giving your strut a sensual
swagger. Voila! Instant sex appeal!
However, if you avoid the allure-adding appeal of
high heels simply out of fear or inexperience, it's time to step
up to the stiletto, strap it on, and learn how to take a step in
* Start where you are. If you rarely--or
never--wear heels, find a pair of sturdy-heeled footwear--a
chunky, squarish heel in the vicinity of two inches is ideal. Slip
on the shoes and walk. And walk. And walk. Preferably indoors,
where you know the terrain. While you're practicing, twirl, turn
corners, stand on your tip-toes, step side to side as you would in
a slow dance, do a jig, climb stairs, bend down to pick up a bit
of dust from the floor, sit down and get up.
* When walking, keep your legs as straight and
close together as you can. Feet should point forward, with each
foot placed near-directly in front of the other.
* Step by placing your heel down first, then bring
the rest of the foot down quickly and smoothly.
* Take smooth, even steps. If you feel unstable,
consider shortening your stride.
* Think "supermodel." As you walk, hold your chin
up high and swing your arms for balance.
* Graduate to a higher, skinnier heel. For
comfort's sake, make sure the toe is naturally rounded or open and
avoid backless or slingback styles, which can be uncomfortable and
make you and your ankle wobble. Repeat the above moves on a
variety of floor surfaces.
*Avoid walking on ice, slush, mud, grass, sand,
gravel and grated surfaces, on which you can slip or sink.
* High heels are supposed to be sexy, yet nothing
can be unsexier (and scarier) than tumbling down stairs in your
stilettos. Thus, step slowly and grasp the handrail. When
ascending, both sole and heel should land together firmly and
simultaneously on each step. When descending, only the sole of the
shoe needs to be planted on each step.
* Prep your feet. If you'll be wearing shoes for
more than an hour, consider "warming feet up" with some simple
moves: Stretch your toes as far as they'll naturally go. Return to
original position. Repeat at least five times. Next, rotate each
foot at the ankle five or six times clockwise, then
counter-clockwise. Finish by flexing and pointing toes ten times
each foot. Some people swear that these stretches make for a less
achy high heel-wearing experience.
* If you start to fall in heels three inches or
greater and there is nothing near to brace yourself with, let
yourself go down. Of course you'll be embarrassed, but trying to
regain your balance may cause you to break your ankle--or at least
* As sexy as they are, heels can stress your
ankles. No matter how good you get at walking in heels, don't walk
great distances in them--and if you feel any pain in your ankle or
feet, remove your shoes immediately. If you can find someone to
massage your feet, so much the better.
|About the Author
Pedersen is a journalist who writes about health, food,
beauty and fashion. She is currently working on a book about
shoes and is the author of The Bra: A Thousand Years of
Style, Support and Seduction (David & Charles Publishers),
KISS Guide to Weddings and Kiss Guide to Beauty (both
published by DK Publishing).