High heels can make a woman look and feel taller, leaner and ready to take on the world. That said, there’s nothing worse than watching a woman teeter and totter around in high heels, unable to walk properly.
High heels don’t have to be a prison for your feet, nor do you have to spend unnecessary time changing in and out of them. Here are five of our top tips to ensure you can walk in heels gracefully, the way god intended.
Arch your foot
By arching your foot slightly when you walk you will put pressure on the inside of your shoe, making your shoe fit more closely.
Often when we walk in heels we end up using our neck to compensate. By leaning back instead your body weight will be more centred and you won’t feel the need to bring your torso forward.
Slow and steady
As you’ve probably noticed, you can’t stride out the way you would in flat shoes when you’re wearing heels. Accept this is a fact of life when wearing heels and take smaller steps at a slower pace. This will ensure you don’t compromise your balance as well as making you appear more graceful and confident.
In contrast to when you wear flats and place your entire foot down at one time when wearing heels, it is safest to plant your heel down first, followed by your toe. Not only will this make your walk look more natural but it will help with balance too.
If the shoe fits
With the best will in the world if your heels don’t fit properly you have little chance of walking in them well, or wearing them without pain. While clearly it is best to only buy shoes that fit your foot, if you find yourself with a pair that are slightly too small you can stretch them out using wet newspaper in a plastic bag; if they’re too big you can always add in an innersole or gel cushion.
Do you have a trick for walking well in high heels?