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You and the Way You Walk

Updated on July 1, 2012

Let's talk high heels!

Do you believe that the length of your steps, the movement of your arms and the swing of your hips could mean something? or a whole lot?

Each of us is different and there's nothing wrong with being masculine, androgynous, or walking in the best manner we find it comfortable. Some women even suffer from conditions that alter their ability to walk beautifully, normally, and even pain-free. This is not shallow. But for the lucky ones able and on the go, it could be fun to know how the way we walk defines a part of us.

After all, if we really like to get true feminine beauty, realizing some flaws might help us put life to them if we think it needs so.

Walk with Smaller Steps
Walk with Smaller Steps

Do You Walk on Eggs?

Unsure, teetering steps are often signs of timidity, but they could mean that your feet simply cannot live up to the height of the heels you are wearing. Leading with your chin could also show a sign of tension, even emotional upset. Wobbly ankles and pinched toes throw you off balance.

Just pick up a pair of heels that are fairly comfortable, and wander around the house until you're not wobbling any more. Practice gliding through the foot with a gentle heel, ball, toe step instead of stomping down with the whole foot at once. This big dancer trick will strengthen your knees as well and save them from injuries.

Are You a Shoe-Shuffer?

Dragging the feet makes you look tired and dreary. My college niece who is a little sloppy used to drag her feet everywhere that its so unbecoming for someone her age; she looked all the more lowsy. Thankfully, I made a whole lot of sense when she listened to me, never did it happen again. Now she walks in high heels confidently.

Most guys would take a woman who drags her feet as being less interested with those around her. Holding the body straight most of the time prevents dragging of the feet. The enthusiasm of a good posture will put new spring in the steps which also puts more energy in the way a woman walks.

The Meander?


The purely coincidental photograph above captures the contrast between a young energetic woman in outrageous boots walking in big, bold steps and an old men moving slowly in the background.

I'm not sure why some claim a woman like this can run over a guy's heart. The reason could be about her being a mind wanderer, which, often is claimed the rest of her follows. These women simply like to walk around like they own the place, or they want to feel more confident and self-assured.

She don’t just meander, she probably has to walk quickly and with purpose. However, a big part of being one could mean moving briskly with knees high and a determined look on the face. This rigid posture will make you appear more manly than feminine.


The Swagger

Men usually fills up space when walking which involves the use of elbows, shoulders and the whole body - the swagger. It better describes like walking with the torso and shoulders very relaxed and with arms just moving freely.

In general, to walk the swagger way is to move with confidence, sophistication, coolness, and conduct yourself in a way that would automatically earn respect. In short, you're walking like, you are in charge.



Do You Walk with a Wiggle?

This is the most feminine walk. Most women focus weight into the hips allowing them to walk with a subtle hip swing.

GB says it clearly demonstrates being different from how men walk; and because it's so unnatural to guys, it could leave the mind "Does she naturally move that way, or is it for me?"

I'm sure men's bums wiggle, as well, as they're just dangling there, but still they walk a lot different from women's. Most women tend to exaggerate walking with a wiggle, yet the artful movement comes off so lady-like, and the smaller silhouette that comes from how the elbows move, is very much feminine.

Sometimes this is associated with the hip thrower, or some of those backsides with so much lateral motion that they really catch the eye. If it bounces up and down, then you’re a hip thrower and you may be sure your hips look far bigger than they are. Give more swing to your legs when you walk, and hold your hips in line.

How to Walk with Elegance

Beauty in flats... all day?
Beauty in flats... all day?
  • Heels or flats, take smaller steps. This way, and regardless of how fast or slow you want to walk, you acquire an evenly spaced stride with rhythm and momentum. You don't only walk smoothly, you are sure the lurch will not throw you off balance.
  • Standing tall, head up, shoulders back, breasts high, tummy muscles pulled in and up, tail tucked under, prepares you to walk correctly and gracefully.
  • Walk from the waistline down and keep your knees naturally flexed as you walk with the legs moving forward from the waistline and the upper body just gliding along. This completes a natural, elegant movement.
  • Keep your chin up. The Harvard Medical School recommends your eyes should look 10 to 20 feet ahead of you, not down at the ground, when walking.
  • Walk through the foot with a gentle heel, ball, toe step, never with the whole foot at once. Your gait changes in heels, so be prepared for some discomfort while you adjust to the heels.

Good balance is yours if you can do this:

With eyes closed, hold arms out to sides at shoulder level. Stand on left foot with right knee bent and raised as high as possible. Keep your balance for at least 10 seconds without moving the left foot.

Do you wear flats all day?

Then switch to spiky heels in the evening, or vise-versa. To straighten instep arches and ankles, stand with hands on hips, legs and feet together. Place left foot forward in a long stride, bend knee as far as possible and return to starting position. Alternate legs and repeat.

To be beautiful may be nice, funny, daunting, crazy or impossible, but all these goes back to one thing - beauty itself renders its own abc's.


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    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      5 years ago from The City of Generals

      LoveDraped. It's so nice to know that. I hope this hub will remind you to "sit up straight" at all times :=)lol... when we are conscious on how we sit, it follows that we'd love to look good down to the way we walk - perfect package. You are another inspiration. Thank you for reading, and welcome to Hubpages.

      Blessings! -Tonette

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      5 years ago

      Reading this made me sit up in my chair a little straighter :) Great read!

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi M. Thanks again that you find beauty amazing. Some find the ideas funny, some find it true, others consider them a must-check... the goal is, it's good to know how we look like when we walk. Fun and amazing, yes!

    • unknown spy profile image

      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Beautiful Tonipet.. and really amazing ideas you portrayed on this hub

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello carozy,

      Doing so would make you more than just an actress but a real beauty to impress the world. Thanks for enjoying. Good luck!

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      6 years ago from San Francisco

      cool ideas. Look forward to improving my gait now. ;)

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello Dee,

      Perhaps these are what we call the entertaining side of beauty, as putting meaning to every move a woman does, can be amusing, exciting or boring. Your fear of falling from lots of snow and ice is extremely part of life and no beauty expert has to say it’s entertaining, but a must-do! Glad to have you stop and read. I see there’s something missing in the hub, thanks for the nudge! :=)

      Always exploring,

      We women, have different styles of walking and the more we age, the more we don’t put effort on it. I tend to walk with feet a little pointing outward which my sisters find such a big deal that I have to straighten them as I glide along. Funny thing about my walking, though, and making me conscious all the time :=) Thank you, it’s nice you enjoyed reading.

      Hi kj_force,

      I’m with you a 100%! Most of us ignore the little pains we feel from our bodies ending up in a more serious illness and causing us the bad shape. Though this is prone to more matured people, young men and women are not exempted. I think I need to add some words about this in the hub, you got me thinking. Thanks, I’ll go fix it. Thank you for finding this a good job.

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      6 years ago from Florida

      Tonipet..enjoyed the hub, you did a good job...funny but 5 years ago when I lost the ability to has become a fetish of mine to observe how people walk..never really paid attention to the different styles...many people of ALL ages these days " waddle " and appear to be in discomfort, and I believe many of these are due to unknown health issuses...

      thank you for bringing the subject to attention.....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Never thought much about walking until now. I have to figure out why i zig when i walk, it must mean something..Fun hub..Enjoyed..

    • Dee aka Nonna profile image

      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      This was a fun hub to read. We never really think about what I walk and the the way we move can actually mean something. The first one "walking on egg shells" made me giggle because that is the way I walked the first time I lived where there is lots of snow and ice...still do.... it means I scared of falling on my butt...LOL

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello Christin,

      It's lovely hearing from a woman of flair, your being tall is already an envy, though some women find a towering height a not so positive feature. But with the way you walk in smaller steps makes you a very beautiful thing people's eye would love locking their eyes into. It's like you got it all! Thank you Christin.


      I always feel the honor every time you visit, who wouldn't panic seeing the kind of limerick pays you a read! That's wonderful and more than all of those votes! Thank you my friend, you bring inspiration and encouragement, every time.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Interesting piece. I was taught to walk (painfully) by my fencing instructor

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      6 years ago from UK

      Interesting hub I am a flat shoe wearer most of the time probably because I'm tall. When I do wear heels I take smaller steps and feel a lot more elegant and ladylike.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello TToombs,

      High heels or not, beauty is deep-seated. The kind of posture we all give our body is constant to the kind of walking we do. As long as we're happy and treat our shape with care, we can walk with elegance. Even a so short phase of heels has allowed you to feel how to wear one. Great experience. Thanks for reading and blessings!

      Hello sandra,

      Agree! What's inside us reflects on the way we carry ourselves. Giving our inner self and body with what it needs, in turn it radiates in us the beauty needed. So nice of you dropping by. Have a great weekend and smiles!

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      Sandra Busby 

      6 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Walking, and posture in general, is a good sign of what's going on inside us. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Interesting hub. I had a phase where I wore heels...a very short lived phase. I am a clutz and tend to trip over my own bare feet, always have, probably always will. Good points, but I'm afraid not for this girl (boots and flip flops, thank you). Voted up and more. :)


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