The other night I was out and saw girls walking around in high heels and they looked in PAIN! Honestly if you cannot walk in high heels, don’t! My friend hates them, cannot walk in them therefore doesn’t. Now obviously being male I am no expert on how to make this easier, but having lots of fashion savvy girls as friends means I went to them. I have compiled all the information I got and made you ladies (and maybe gents!) a guide on how to walk in High Heels! Lets Go!
Some women think that high heels are for certain occasions only, like going out to a ball or for a fancy dinner. Yes, heels are suitable then, but have a little imagination! You can wear heels whenever you please, and once you know how to wear them, will probably be very keen on teetering around on them.
The main thing to remember is that different situations call for a different sort of heel. Which shoe you wear will depend on where you are going and what you are doing. This can knock the wind out of being spontaneous, but if you suspect that later in the night you will be in a fountain somewhere, you can always slip a pair of flats into your bag. Though, really, if you’re determined enough, you can do anything in your heels.
Key factors to consider when selecting a shoe for the evening:
The weather forecast. Rain will ruin suede, satin and your evening.
Transport. Do you drive? Catch taxis? What are the chances of you needing to run for a bus or train? If you walk 3 miles every day, a stiletto is probably not your best choice.
Potential hazards. Rain, ice, slippery marble floors, uneven surfaces, deep smooshy carpet, gravel, cobblestones.
Wear something sane! There are some shoes that are only appropriate for answering the door, kissing and walking (or being carried) to the bedroom. Truth
How to buy a pair of heels:
Have your feet measured.
Make sure the shoes fit your LARGEST foot. It is strange and upsetting that we all have two different sized feet, but you need to accommodate the biggest one. (If there is a huge size difference, be sneaky and switch the pairs when your sales assistant isn’t looking. Ahem. I do not advocate this, it is merely information.)
If you’re going out for a day of shopping, do the shoes at the end of the day, after hours of walking around. This is when your feet will be at their most swollen, and believe me, you want your shoes to fit at this crucial time.
When you try the shoes on in-store, walk around on them for a good length of time. Your shoes will fit differently when you stand as opposed to when you are sitting. If they are uncomfortable, don’t buy them. They will not stretch much either, so if they feel like they’re pinching, try the next size up. Stiff shoes will soften, however.
If your toes touch the end of the shoe, and your heel slides out of the back when you walk, they are not the right size. Make sure your shoe is wide enough!
You get what you pay for. It is sad but true. Manolo Blahnik’s are expensive because, while they are extremely good-looking, they are also incredibly comfortable.
If you don’t know how to wear heels, or have only recently become interested in making the transition from trainer to stiletto, go easy on yourself. First of all, you are to be commended for trying something new. Hooray! Secondly, when buying your first pair of heels, buy a pair which are reasonably low with a wide heel (or in a wedge style). Otherwise, the odds are that you will go ass-over-tit and never wear them again. We don’t want that. You should also avoid the excessively pointy-toed style, since they’re not the most comfortable.
How to walk in high heels:
Take shorter steps (striding is for professionals), and walk in a heel-toe motion. Try to distribute most of the weight across the ball of your foot. Stand up straight — you will initially feel unbalanced, but you’re not. The heel will support you. Keep your legs together as you walk and try not to bend them more than you normally would.
Finally, practice makes perfect! The more you work at it, the better you’ll be.
Now go get shopping!
(All images sources available by clicking on the picture themselves)