Heels are the perfect addition to just about any outfit and they make our legs look like a supermodel’s yet wearing them comes at a price. And it’s not just pain and blisters; even walking in them gracefully is a challenge.
If you haven’t worn heels for a long time and the shoes you find most comfortable are flats and sneakers, save yourself the embarrassment of wobbling around in heels. We suggest taking these tips to heart and trying them out ASAP since it’s safe to assume that heels aren’t going out of style anytime soon.
Accordingly, we’ve put together the seven secrets to walking in heels the right way.
Start With Shorter Heels
Forget about the models you see on TV walking in 6 inches and go for shoes that have a shorter heel. A 2.5-inch heel is an excellent place to start, and once you get used it, slowly work your way up. Starting with extremely high heels can make you super uncomfortable and causes short and long-term pain in our back, legs, feet, knees, and back.
It’s All About Posture
Remember when your mom was always telling you to stand up straight? Yes, we’ve been there too. But it turns out mom really does know best. It is important that your posture is addressed in order to walk in your high heels correctly.
Wear Them In The House
What you do at home can actually make a difference when it comes to hitting the city streets with grace and elegance. Prior to wearing heels, walking around your home on the balls of your feet helps to strengthen your legs and ankles, Nothing can help you get used to wearing heels than practicing with them while doing house chores. This will help know the duration you can stay with the heels on. In fact, if you’ve bought new shoes, it’s advisable to get used to them before wearing them outside to avoid blisters. Shoes with thicker heels such as wedges or block heels can be perfect for beginners. Avoid skinny heels or any that are thin at the bottom. Wedges are mostly excellent as they provide great support and have a flat sole.
How You Step Matters
Each time you step, land on the outer border of the heel and toe off. It is important when walking in high heels to lead with the ball of the foot. Never lead with the heel as weight will often make the high heel collapse and result in an accident or injury. To avoid looking strange while walking, slightly lean backward to counter leaning forward.
Try Smaller Steps
As a beginner, it’s advisable to take time with your heels while walking. Making shorter steps while walking a bit slower can help you achieve balance.
Choose Shoes That Fit
Even if you take all of this into consideration, if the shoe doesn’t fit properly, you’re doomed. Buying a shoe that doesn’t fit can make it difficult to walk. Wearing heels that keep slipping in and out can be particularly harmful as you risk injuring your ankle. In case your heels don’t fit, use shoe pads to make you more comfortable. How do you know if the shoe fits? Keep these three things in mind.
- The ball of the foot should rest on the widest part of the shoe.
- Always go for the size of the bigger foot.
- The length of the shoe needs to fit your longest toe.