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How to Walk Gracefully in High Heeled Shoes

Updated on June 20, 2019
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Walking gracefully in high-heeled without faltering is an art. It hardly comes naturally, except for women who have natural poise and walk straight, with strides that are not too wide.

To walk in an acceptable and pleasing manner with stilettos type shoes, you will need to learn a few tricks. With some practice, you’ll discover that walking gracefully in high heeled footwear is a simple art.

Walking in high-heeled shoes give a woman a subtle and sensuous side-to-side swing when she walks. And if done correctly, it produces a svelte and graceful feminine stride. Higher heels tend to shorten your stride, so the higher the heels the shorter the stride. That’s the chic and stylish way to walk in high heeled shoes.

So, if you are ready to start wearing spiked shoes, and you’ve never really done so before, you need to first start practising with smaller heeled shoes. There is a large variety to choose from with varying thicknesses, shapes, and height.

Choose the thinner heels to start off with, and slowly work your way up, half an inch at a time.

Practice using the following step-by-step techniques. You’ll be walking like a chic sophisticated woman in no time.

Step-by-Step Guide

1st Step

As a beginner, start practising with kitten heels because if you want to strut in four-inch heels, you’d have to start off practising with these. You should start low and work your way up to the higher heels.

2nd Step

When you begin to walk easily and feel comfortable in kitten heels, you can move up to high wedge heels. Their heels are fully attached to the sole of the shoe and will give you good balance and increased confidence. Wedge heels are comfortable to walk in because your heels are placed higher above the level of your toes.

3rd Step

When you feel more relaxed with high-heeled wedge shoes, and can walk comfortably in them without feeling awkward, you can go shopping for spiked shoes. But before then, have an imaginary walk in high shoes.

You can do this by standing with knees straight, body raised and supported on your toes with your heels raised at least an inch or so off the floor. While trying this, see if you are tottering or bending at the knees. If you do bend your knees, even remotely, you are not yet ready for spiked shoes.

4th Step

If all goes well with step three, start to take baby steps (small slow steps), ensuring you don’t bend your knees any more than you normally would. For a good balance put one foot about 12 inches directly ahead of the other, placing your heels down first before your toes. HEELS THEN TOES! HEELS THEN TOES!

Are You Ready for That Graceful Strut?

Now that you’ve bought those new spikes, practice walking in them around the house for a couple of days before you wear them out to a party. Practice allows you to break in your shoes and will help you get accustomed to wearing them.

Practice. Practice. Practice!

Make sure you practice doing all the things you normally do while walking, like changing direction, pivoting, turning around, stopping abruptly, stooping to pick something up, and dancing. Do all these and just keep walking around the house.

Walk on different kinds of floorings like carpeted floors, wood floors and hard floors like a tiled floor or natural stone floors like marble or granite.

Don't forget to practice walking up and down the stairs. Place your entire foot on each step as you come down the steps, placing the ball of your foot on each step as you go up, and holding on to the stair rails gracefully.

Put on some dancing music and practice some dance steps slowly at first, and then at an increased tempo when you feel more confident and steady on your feet. When you think you've mastered it, dance some more. You can do all this in the privacy of your home. You will soon be ready to ‘shake things up’ in your high heels and stilettos.


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Walk in High Heeled Shoes without Grimacing

Now that you can dare to wear high stiletto heels and walk without an occasional grimace, you are good to go. If you buy shoes with straps, make sure they're strapped on tightly before you start walking.

You can also try practising wearing heels an inch or two higher than the ones you will be wearing for about an hour before you go out to a party so that when you put your heels on, they will be easier on the feet and you’ll walk with so much ease and grace.

Always match your heels to any occasion that may arise. Make sure you don't torture yourself because your spiked heels won't look so glamorous if you're wearing ‘pain’ on your face.

If you will you be walking or standing for long periods of time, go for a slightly lower set of high heels. If you are going to a dinner party where you'll be sitting for most of the evening, you can go as high as you can manage.

If you will you be walking or standing for long periods of time, go for a slightly lower set of high heels. If you are going to a dinner party where you'll be sitting for most of the evening, you can go as high as you can manage.

Spikes and Stilettos Demands You Walk Tall Like a Lady

Walk into a room and keep your head up without looking down at the floor. This will give you a whole lot of confidence. Keeping your shoulders straight and high will give an added length to your neck.

Holding your stomach in allows your body weight to stay forward instead of shifting backwards, and tightening your butt as if you have a penny coin held between your buttocks keeps your back straight and firm.

Be confident and imagine you are walking on the ‘red carpet’. You will find that your graceful steps in your high-heeled shoes will make you walk elegantly like a star.

© 2009 viryabo

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    • Blacksheep557 profile image


      20 months ago from NewZealand

      my advice is to get in lots of practice, like around 20min a day with four inch elevation heel. a block heel is best for long walks, but buid u to 60 min a day. at first the calf muscles will be tired, that is why 20 min every couple of days to start with. evenually it will be comfortable, after then, if you want to go higher, use the same practice routine. another issue especially with pumps, buy shoes where the undersole rises at the toe. this helps walking with out stepping out of the shoe as it acts like a see saw.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hello Helen,

      Thanks for your visit and comments. I agree with you. Spike shoes, when it comes to comfort, especially after a long period of time, can be a pain.

      Being gorgeous comes with its hazards a lot of times im sure.


    • Helen Straw profile image

      Helen Straw 

      10 years ago from Tasmania

      But they can be a bit uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time, but yes they do look gorgeous!

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      hello karina. I believe shoes make an outfit stand out. Learning to walk well with them makes one look 'fly'.

      Love them so much myself.

      Thanks for your nice comments.


    • Karina S. profile image

      Karina S. 

      10 years ago from USA

      I love shoes and i liked you hub very much. Good advice and

      nice pictures.Thanks for sharing.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      Hi Bingskee, Thanks for the visit and nice comments. True, they can become a hazard if not handled well. Walking slowly and gracefully will go a long way in avoiding uneccessary falls or hazards i think.

    • bingskee profile image


      11 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      i love high-heeled shoes but they can also become hazards to safety..

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      Thank you Anath for your nice comments. I love high heels myself, and without them, i feel my feet are missing. LOL!

    • Anath profile image


      11 years ago

      Excellent advice. I do wear all kind of high heels all the time that it actually feels weird when I have to wear flat shoes. I am so used to my heels that even my sleepers have kitten heels I find that they add a lot of confidence!


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