Many women claim they never wear high heels because they find them uncomfortable and difficult to walk in. Instead of purchasing that chic pair of pumps, they opt for more simple flats because the task of walking in those killer stilettos seems daunting.
Walking in high heels is a lot simpler than many believe, and the key to perfecting your strut is practice. Here are a few steps that illustrate how to walk in high heels like a pro.
1. Work your way up to a bigger heel – Instead of starting off with a pair of six-inch strappy stilettos, choose a more modest pair of pumps with a two or three-inch heel.
Look for heels that are thick, and be sure there is some platform and height near the toe of the shoe as well. This will distribute your weight evenly, and the more solid platforms will allow for more balance.
Once you feel comfortable walking in high heels that have a shorter heel, you can work your way up – gradually – to the higher and slimmer heels.
2. Find a good quality shoe – Try on your desired pair of heels at the store first. Walk around a little, do a skip, hop or jog in them and make sure they feel comfortable on every part of your foot. If the shoes are made from a flimsy faux leather or plastic, there is the chance that they are not as well made and will dig into your toes or rub against the back of your ankle.
Make sure the heel on the shoe isn’t wobbly and that your foot isn’t slipping and sliding in it. Have a salesperson help you select the right size, and look at the bottom of the shoe to make sure there is traction. Rubber soles are a good choice because they grip the ground better and are therefore easier to walk in, and they prevent falls and breakage better than a cheaper quality shoe.
3. Practice – When you have your desired pair of heels in your grasp, the best way to learn how to walk in high heels is to do some walking! Wear them as you are getting ready in the morning, out to get the mail, and again when you come home at night. Practice walking down a long hallway as if you are on a runway. Remember to slowly walk heel toe, heel toe, rather than stomping down on the ground in a galloping fashion. Keep your back straight, your head up, and your arms at your sides.
In no time, you will be a pro at walking in those gorgeous high heels you’ve always desired. And if you are worried about your feet being sore after walking in high heels at a long event, invest in some sole inserts to keep your feet comfortable all through the night.