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How To Wear High Heels

Updated on October 21, 2015

If it wasn't because of my high heels, I would still be in Coatzacoalcos with 10 children.

— Salma Hayek
My favourite Red shoes
My favourite Red shoes

Wearing High Heels

When it comes to looking stylish and glamorous, nothing beats a pair of high heels. High heels work wonders for a woman’s figure, they make the feet appear smaller and the legs look longer with lower leg muscles more defined. Overall they make a woman look slimmer, altering her posture, flexing the calf muscles, sucking in the tummy, lifting the bottom, and making the bust and buttocks more prominent. High heels also alter a woman’s walk making hips sway and hypnotizing any male following her curves, so making a woman look sexy and confident.

Worn properly, high heels are one of the best arms a woman has regarding accessories to seduce a man. After all it is a rare man that is not charmed by a pair of long legs wearing the most audacious high heels.

Warning:

Unfortunately, many women find high heels very painful and choose not to benefit from this arm of seduction. What can I say… high heels are not really meant to be comfortable, if you are after comfort I suggest you go and look for your Birkenstocks and follow The American Podiatric Medical Association’s advice to get rid of any shoes that cause discomfort. But if you are like me and cannot live without your high heels, you need strategies to help you make your heels more comfortable.

The higher the better. It's more about an attitude. High heels empower women in a way.

— Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin, 150mm High Heels

Christian Louboutin, 150mm High Heels
Christian Louboutin, 150mm High Heels | Source

How To Wear High Heels Comfortably.

1. Buy the right size. How many times have you bought a pair of shoes in the wrong size just because you liked the shoe and your size was not available? I am guilty of this myself, I have several pairs that are either too small or too big but I wear anyway because they are gorgeous! But not wearing the right size has a price in comfort, so my advice –which I’ve started to follow myself- is never buy shoes that are not your size, even if they are the latest Louboutin’s at half price!

2. Wear the right size. You might think that you know what size you are but what you probably don’t know is that feet grow larger as we get older, they swell in the heat and during pregnancy and the thickness of your feet also varies with your weight fluctuations. A shoe that fitted like a glove two summers ago might not be suitable this year because your weight has changed or you have been pregnant.

3. Try before buying. Whenever possible try the shoes before you buy them. Sometimes, the shoe might be the right size or the right width but it might not offer enough support to walk confidently. When you are trying for size, walk around with the shoes as you would normally walk and even try a few dance steps if you are going to wear them to a party.

4. Stick to round toes. Pointy-toed shoes push your big toe inward, causing joint pain, crunched toes, and even the beginnings of bunions. That is why it is better to choose round-toed shoes which allow your toes to lie flat and spread out naturally.

5. Alternate shoe styles. To avoid your feet crunching into one weird shape, wear different types of shoes; alternate round-toed shoes with pointy-toed shoes, stiletto heels with platforms and so on. Allow your feet to recover their natural shape this way.

6. Walk barefooted. Whenever you can, walk barefoot at home to allow your feet to recover their natural shape and arch.

7. Don't go too high. Podiatrists agree that a shorter heel of one-to-two inches is a good choice for comfort and foot health. Avoid three or four-inch heels, which put undue pressure on the ball and frontal bones of your foot. Kitten heels always look sexy; you don’t need to wear stilettos every day to look and feel sexy.

8. Vary the height of your heels. The more you vary the height of the heels you are wearing, the better for your feet. Different heights put pressure and exercise different muscles and nerves in your foot.

9. Tailor your width. Make sure the width of your shoe matches the width of your foot.


Comfortable Medium High Heels

Comfortable Medium High Heel Sandals
Comfortable Medium High Heel Sandals | Source

How to Walk in High Heels Stilettos

More Tips On How To Wear High Heels

10. Cushion up right under the ball of your foot. Cushioning will help your feet stay comfy. If your shoes don't have enough cushioning, consider adding some with a shoe insert.

11. Always wear your new shoes at home at least once before you wear them for going out.

12. Exercise your feet before and after wearing your high heels.

13. Put your feet up. After a day wearing high heels put your feet up to allow better blood circulation.

14. Take care of your feet. Having healthy feet with no calluses, ingrown nails or any disease will make it easier to stand on your heels all day long.

15. If you are planning to stand up or walk for a prolonged time with your high heels, take two pairs and exchange them in the middle of your day. Changing shoes of different heights and cuts will allow your feet to have a rest without having to opt out of the glamour of wearing your high heels.

Christian Louboutin Shoes

People say I am the king of painful shoes. I don't want to create painful shoes, but it is not my job to create something comfortable. I try to make high heels as comfortable as they can be, but my priority is design, beauty and sexiness. I'm not against them, but comfort is not my focus.

— Christian Louboutin

Thigh High Boots And How To Wear Them

Thigh High Boots And How To Wear Them
Thigh High Boots And How To Wear Them

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      andy 19 months ago

      Princessa, Great Hub I love to see a woman in high heels how they change the way a woman walks and her posture thay accentuates a woman's hip movements now add a shiny patent leather high heeled boot or shoe making a very sexy piece of classic clothing

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      peace13 5 years ago

      It is really a nice idea to wear them once at home before going out. You never know what kind of problem it can create for your feet.

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      smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

      wonderful information and nice tips. thanks for a great hub.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 6 years ago from France

      Monica: I am afraid that your mom is right in warning you about the damaging effect of high heels for your feet. According to a study featured in Foot & Ankle International (FAI), the official scientific journal of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS):

      "High heel wearers risk foot injury, muscle imbalance, bone deformities, knee and ankle joint problems, bunions, hammer toes and more."

      So, I think that she is not just trying to scare you... Personally, I love wearing high heels and I am prepared to take on the risks. So far I have never had any major problems with high heels.

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      Monica 6 years ago

      Princessa, i hope you reply, but i heard that if you wera heels your veins on the feet will pop out and that it causes stress on the shin. I LOVE wearing very high heels but i don't want veins to pop out or anything. Is my mom just trying to scare me into not wearing heels?

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      funmontrealgirl 6 years ago from Montreal

      Very useful and helpful hub.

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      Evita Andrianni 6 years ago from New Zealand

      High heels - my favorite weapon

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      Pav710 6 years ago

      This is a very helpful hub. In the past i have bought endless types of high heels and never worn more than a couple of times because i never knew how to choose the right one for me. Now i have some idea!!!!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 6 years ago from France

      Gyspy Writer: Thank you for your visit. I've stopped wearing heels a few times but I've always come back to them. I don't feel comfortable with flat shoes.

      Kimberlynn: glad to be of help :-)

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      Kimberlynn 6 years ago

      This is a helpful hub. I have recently started to wear high heels and this is very useful advice.

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      Gyspy Writer 6 years ago from Midwest

      I don't wear the heels as often as I used to since I don't need to get dressed up as much. But oh, those high heeled shoes are so pretty!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 6 years ago from France

      You are welcome ;-)

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      Christian Louboutin 7 years ago

      Thanks very much for sharing. It is quite useful.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Millionheir: I never considered that... Thanks for the heads up!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      1st1up: I try to wear mine as often as I can. In fact it feels weird whenever I have to wear flat shoes.

      Chris_S: You are welcome, enjoy wearing your heels :-*

      SweetiePie: Will see, as for me I wear them all year round. Thanks for the visit.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad this hub is still going strong. Now that spring is on its way, I am sure more people will be visiting again :).

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      Chris_S 7 years ago from Texas

      Great information here! I'm a male who wears heels all the time. Usually wear 3 inches and up. I find them to be very comfortable and fashionable. Heck, heels were invented by men for men so I've decided to reclaim them for myself, LOL! : - ) Thanks for the hub!

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      1st1up 7 years ago

      Ilove to wear heels....would wear them more often if I could!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      creativeone59: Thanks for your comment.

      thihigh: It really depends on the jeans you are wearing, the effect you want to achieve and the type of shoes you are matching your jeans with. For example, a bootcut jean would look better covering your heels and just showing the front part of the shoe while a skinny cut jean looks better if it finishes around your ankle bone so you show the whole shoe.

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      thihigh 7 years ago

      wearing jeans with heels, how far down the heel should the hem come to ?

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks for your hub on high heel shoes, I enjoyed your hub, but unfortunate for me because of bad knees I can't wear then anymore, but I did when I could. Thank you so much for visit my hubs and leaving such a wonderful fan note for me. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Hi Vicki: Thanks for leaving a comment, I guess not many men openly admit that they like to wear high heels. In any event, you are right, it is all about practice, finding the right fit and of course... natural charm ;-)

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      Vicki Locke 7 years ago

      Am I the only male in this group who wears high heels? I love them and you are right with practice and the right size it is not that hard to wear them. I foung that when I bought 2" platforms with 6" heels I learned to walk with a more feminine gait. You must take smaller steps in platforms. I wear them, I love them and I love letting my feminine side out when ever I can

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      DeBorrah: thanks, I do love high heels, I think that they are one of the most feminine accessories women of all ages, shapes and styles can wear.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Princessa, Great article! I think high heels are Wonderful!! They say "LADY"! Luv this!!

      Blessings!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      cosette: I love shoes and heels are one of my passions, the higher the better!

      HealthTip: don't look at me like that, you are some cheeky chap just turning up for more kisses.

      xxx

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      cosette 7 years ago

      i like heels too, for all the reasons you mentioned, although i tend to stick with shoes in a mid-heel range (3 inches or so) and usually a stacked heel or something not too pointy. you wear these well..they all look awesome. luv this hub!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      BadCo: love to see you back, I am happy you enjoyed the kisses ;-)

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      BadCo 8 years ago

      Loved the kiss, am back for seconds. I loves my heels, but only at the weekends ; )

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      lindagoffigan: After a long time wearing high heels, mastering to walk on them becomes automatic. In fact, I actually have trouble when I have to wear flat shoes LOL

      Hi flexy: I mean that IDEALLY, for the sake of your feet, for everyday use you should stick to small heels and reserve your high heels for special situations, or at least alternate very high heels with small ones.

      Ellen: For me high heels are an essential part of being feminine.

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      Ellen Graeger 8 years ago

      I loved this article. We sometimes forget that we are WOMEN. Yes, thank you. Lovely shoes. I'll go tomorrow and have a look - some fancy high heels might be the motivation.

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      Flexy 8 years ago from New York City

      I don't get it. Tip #7 says to stick to heels that are one to two inches and avoid wearing anything higher. So what you're saying in "How to Wear High Heels" is NOT to wear them?

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      lindagoffigan 8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Nice Hub. The average high heel used to be three inches and now heel's average height is four inches. I purchased a few pairs and they are beautiful but I always have to remember to walk on the heel first and then the toe and if you walk slow enough, you will get to your destination. A lot of thoughts have to be considered when walking in four inch heels.

      So the four inch heels are in my closets while the three inch and lower gets worn more often. If the occasion is really special, then I will walk in the four inch heel as each step would be worth it.

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      RedZulu 8 years ago

      Great Hub! I love the info about walking correctly in heels. It's so important. You also look pretty silly when you don't. :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Foot Doctor: yes, if we cannot avoid wearing high heels, the next best thing is to learn how to do less damage to our feet.

      Cam Anju: i hope to see you back in the hubmobs soon. Take care. My ankle is almost as good as new, but my wrist is still very painful and I am not allowed to use my hand yet :(

      michelle.dragon99: how did I forget that one? Thanks for the reminder!

      Lady Summerset: LOL, the gentlemen seem to be shy around here...

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      Lady Summerset 8 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      I'm simply amazed at the amount of men who took time to respond! Very interesting...I wonder if they have feet fetishes...hmmm! Gurls...keep those pedicures coming! :)

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      michelle.dragon99 8 years ago

      cool hub....thanks for your tips.....however another point would be you must find the right material types of high heel shoes....Go for soft type fabric of high heel shoe and it wont cause painful for your feet...although it will cost you a little bit, but the result will be very satisfying...trust me:)

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      Foot Doctor 8 years ago

      Wonderful hub about wearing heels. It is important that your shoes be as comfortable as possible. So providing guidance in selecting a high heel shoe that is right is a step in the right direction.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      E. A. Wright: that reminds me a race I have seen somewhere where women do a marathon wearing high heels. I'll try to find the video and post it here.

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      E. A. Wright 8 years ago from New York City

      I don't just make sure I can walk; I make sure I can run in the pair.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      emievil: high heels are easier to wear than what most people think. It is all about practice.

      Moon Daisy: I read about the British wanting to ban high heels because they claim two million days a year are lost through ailments caused by dodgy shoes. I could not believe it but here is the link to The Sun article: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2573994/...

      The Daily Mail also reported that UK-based Trade Union Congress has called for a ban on high heels in the workplace. Crazy isn't it?

      Paul: I like uour motto :)

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      Paul Profitt 8 years ago from England

      "HIGH HEELS FOREVER" especially in the BEDROOM.

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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      Nice hub, and I have to admit that your shoes look really nice on you, but personally I'm with the American Podiatric Medical Association! (Oh, not literally, I just mean that I agree with them, lol!)

      I wear high(ish) heels only on very special occasions, but my walking turns very unnatural and clompy, and I have to make sure that I'm never too far from a wall or some furniture, in case I need some support..

      I live in England by the way, but I haven't heard of this idea to ban high heels, and despite my own personal horror of wearing them I wouldn't support it as what one wears is nobody else's business. :)

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      I'm like UW. I don't like wearing heels and only wear them when there's a special occasion. Even then, I would worry that I'll just fall flat on my face when I walk on shoes with heels! But I do admire those who can wear high heels (the higher the better), they make the legs look longer and sexier. =)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      typep: There are high heels for everytaste and hight. I just happen to adore the skyscrapers!

      shwetha123: i hope you find them useful

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      Shwetha Shetty 8 years ago

      Great article. Thanks for the tips

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      typep 8 years ago

      Some of those high heels are a bit too high for me! ;-)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Thanks SweetiePie, those are just the summery ones, I am a big boot fan!

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      You have a really cute heel collection Princessa :).

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Kimberley, Thanks for stopping to comment.

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      lyricsingray 8 years ago

      Great Article, loved it, thanks

      Lyricsingray,

      Kimberly

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      hi guidebaba, it is not that high heels don't suit everybody. A woman just needs to choose the most appropiate ones to suit her silhouette.

      The problem is that there are many women who don't know how to walk on high heels and they look awkward wearing them.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Sandyspider: don't worry, wearing high heels is a bit like riding a bike, if you have done it already it will come back in no time at all.

      DiligenTruthCkr and christianesk : thanks for the comment and link ;-)

      GlstngRosePetals: I think they make you feel so sexy that they are worth a try!

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      GlstngRosePetals 8 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      I like your articles on heels. I'm one that doesn't like wearing heels but after reading this I think I might go back to wearing them occasionally.

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      christianesk 8 years ago from The Global Hamlet

      DiligenT, you rascal! You shameless rascal! But, yes, a worthwhile read here, Princessa.Thank you. Two thumbs up, as CrisA loves to say in true Siskel and Ebert Fashion. Rating up...

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      DiligenTruthCkr 8 years ago

      Great hub. Man, I love shoes - new ones that is!

      I think you should link this hub to eskie's hub on beauty - a great pair of shoes in there. https://hubpages.com/style/Use-Your-Beauty-For-Goo

      Well done, Princessa!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      It has been too long since I wore high heels. I think I would fall over.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      compu-smart: I knew you would ;-)

      tony: You are welcome

      drpastorcarlotta: I bet you look stunning wearing your high heels.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      YES! YES! High heels!!!!! I love them and I am '5 10' lol, lol, I don't care, the taller the better!!! lol, lol, GREAT HUB!!!!!! Love love

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      tony0724 8 years ago from san diego calif

      Princessa thx for the tips !

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      Tony 8 years ago from London UK

      I love your style of high heels Princessa!;)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      ripplemaker: I know what you mean about running after the children on high heels LOL I had that too :)

      woody, that is so ridiculous! I believe I heard something like that before but I am sure it is some kind of joke. Surely it cannot be taken seriously.

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      Woody Marx 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Personally I think ladies in high heels are quite pleasant to see, particularly when they wear them on their feet. ;)

      But seriously, I heard just yesterday, that there is a movement to ban high-heels in England for safety reasons, I believe it is because too many women fall down in them or get them caught in a sidewalk thingy...so England says ban them.

      England is going too far, in my opinion, under it's new government, intruding into the lives of it's citizens, and high heels are just another example.

      If ladies wish to take the risk of wearing them then let them. It's their right.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I wear high heels some of the times. It's hard when we are running after the kids. LOL Love the high heels photos.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Brian: LOL somehow I think that you really would look much better wearing your trainers :)

      Uninvited Writer: I cannot go one day without them, I even have high heeled flip flops for the swimming pool, not to mention my kitten heel slippers @_@

      ethel: I am sure you bring them back every now and again for that special occasion.

      blondepoet: I try whenever is possible to use my own photos, the ones above are just some of my favourite shoes.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      I wear nothing but heels so I loved this. Are they all pics of your shoes, I would wear every single one.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Fraid my stilletto days are long gone

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      Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Excellent hub. I have never worn high heels...unless you include platform shoes in the 70s :) I have admiration for those who can wear them well.

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      They look very nice, but I think I will stick to my trainers :-)