How to Walk in High Heels
If you’re like me you drool over a pair of pumps preferably with a lean sexy stiletto heel to the sky. Heels have long been a status symbol adding allure, power, and sex appeal to a woman’s walk. In their attempts to reach that level of allure, many women end up sacrificing comfort for the sake of looking good though. After many years of abuse and misuse due to wearing the wrong heels, the end result is subjection to a pair of orthopedic shoes and no woman wants that. There are four ways look sexy, be comfortable, and be safe while wearing heels.
- Choose the right heel
Normally heels range from two to four inches (five to ten centimeters), heels higher than this-though not very safe-can be found in specialty stores. When look for heels understand that certain heights are better for particular situations or occasions. You wouldn’t usually go shopping in a high heel that you might wear to a wedding would you? On the flip side, a low heel (unless necessary) may not work well with a wedding ensemble.
The key to choosing the right heel is to know where you’re going and what you’ll be doing; will you be standing for long periods of time, walking long distances or just sitting. Keep in mind though, that no matter what the situation or the heel height you should be able to walk comfortably. You do not want to be in a situation where after only a few hours of wear your feet hurt and your ankles sore.
If your goal is to look sexy it may not always be necessary or practical to go with a high heel, a two inch (five centimeters) heel would be more comfortable. For added height, a low heel with a platform will work well and again allow you to feel comfortable.
- Stand up straight
Wearing heels can be torture on your body, especially your feet. High heels elevate your body and thrust it forward putting more pressure on the balls or your feet. In this unnatural (yes unnatural) position you are prone to lean forward. The end result is difficulty in walking.
When you walk, put your shoulders back and keep your head straight. This may take some practice, but it’s much better for your body and you look better walking-like you actually know how to wear heels. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen women walk hunched over in heels. It’s just not sexy.
- Take small steps
Don’t rush when walking; take it easy. Stroll, saunter, allow onlookers to gaze at you in awe.
You don’t have to walk fast in heels and doing so is not the preferred speed for walking. Remember you are probably two to four inches (five to ten centimeters) off the ground; you don’t have the same balance you would if you were wearing flats. Your goal is to be comfortable, safe, and sexy wearing heels. There may be some women who can walk fast in heels but most can’t.
- Move your hips
No, I’m not talking about dancing, unless you want to do some salsa. But to add some “va va voom” to your walk, work those hips while you work those heels. Moving your hips actually makes walking in heels easier. Go figure.
This is where cheating is ok. Cheat with the good Dr. Scholl’s; you can find plenty of products for your heels that provide comfort, prevent chafing and blisters, and make you love wearing them. Products such as insoles wrap your feet in a pillow of comfort and protection and best of all they are cheap. Peruse your local pharmacy or shoe store for products and enjoy wearing your high heels pain free.