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How to Walk in High Heels

Updated on August 22, 2016

High heels are feminine and sexy, but you should learn to walk in them properly to avoid injury and discomfort.

Here are some simple tips on how to master this art and feel confident in you favorite pumps. If you want to learn to walk in high heels as naturally, relaxed and confident, as all celebrities, keep in mind a number of simple rules.

Victoria Beckham is one of the icons for high heel-lovers. Observe her walking style: toes of the shoes kept straight, shoulders expanded, body slightly leaned back, light arms' movement helps to maintain the balance
Victoria Beckham is one of the icons for high heel-lovers. Observe her walking style: toes of the shoes kept straight, shoulders expanded, body slightly leaned back, light arms' movement helps to maintain the balance

High heels: how and where to wear

1. If you are not used to high heels yet, do not start with too high heels at once. The optimum height for beginners are mid-sized heels. If you still want to give you that extra half an inch, try platformed heels. The heel itself may not be as high, but paired with the platform it will create an illusion of height.

2. Buy shoes with soft soles.

3. When buying shoes, pay attention not only to the size, but to the width as well. New shoes should neither be too tight, nor too loose

4. Avoid cycling in high-heeled shoes - it's not safe. Also, do not walk in high-heeled shoes on the grass, sand, rocks and any rough terrain.

5. Wear high heels only when you do not have to walk a lot or do any other physical activity.

6. High-heeled shoes are best suitable for special occasions: parties, clubs and so on.

Gwyneth Paltrow clutches her bodyguard to avoid any embarrassing tumbles on the steps
Gwyneth Paltrow clutches her bodyguard to avoid any embarrassing tumbles on the steps

How to walk in high heels

1. When walking first place the heel, and only then - the foot, quickly, easily and smoothly.

2. Keep the toes of your shoes straight, expand your shoulders and slightly lean back.

3. Light arms' movement will help you maintain balance while walking.

4. Keep your feet as close as possible to each other - this will centralizes the balance of your body.

5. Do not rush, steps should be small, neat, directed, confident and equal.

6. A special practice is required for the walking on the stairs: while going up, place your heel and sole simultaneously in the middle of each step; while going down, use the sole, leaving your heel raised, and do not hesitate to use the handrails.

7. And finally, do not be afraid to lean a little to a gentleman accompanying you - even the famous and experienced celebrities use this little trick now and then.

Did you know that...

Frequent change of shoe types: high heels - flats, is a great exercise for the spine. Changing the shoes often will help your spine to be ready for different loads, which means that you will have less back pain and leg problems.


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    • Blacksheep557 profile image


      7 years ago from NewZealand

      Another smal word of advice when buying shoes, if you need to spend a lot of time in them or a lot of walking, ensure that they offer good arch support. with out proper arch support, then more load is placed on the ball of the foot and which causes extra stress on toes and the bal of the foot.

    • Shushanik profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Thanks for additions! Very useful advice!

    • Blacksheep557 profile image


      7 years ago from NewZealand

      A very well written bief article. A few additional points if I may. First of all, I find that when selecting shoes, make sure they have a small platform of at least 1/2 inch. this will offer better protection to the ball of the foot and prevent stone bruises. secondly, especially for beginer, is pretend that you are walking along a narrow plank. One foot in front of the other with feet pointing forward, not to much inward or pointing out.

      third, A sturdy heel is more ideal for lots of walking, but do not start walking too far too soon. try short walks of about 1/2 a mile once a week, until your calf muscles do not get painful, then extend the amoun of walking and frequency. if additional height is added, then again, calf muscles may become sore for a while until in a similar way as when you first begin long walks.

      ensure that the toe box is not too tight, otherwise they can be uncomfortable


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