You know that woman. The one who always wears heels, but always looks like a toddler waddling around, about to fall. She makes us anxious, she makes us nervous. We pity her. Maybe you are that woman, or maybe you just need a refresher, but EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO KNOW HOW TO WALK IN HEELS.
I’m lucky, my mother is quite the fashionista and taught me proper walking technique upon the purchase of my first pair of 1-inch heels when I was 11. Today, you’re the lucky ones, because I’m going to share her secrets with you.
- Start Small: If you’re not used to wearing heels start with a small heel. Gradually build up to greater heights as you become more comfortable. Additionally, if it’s been a while since you’ve worn heels, you’re probably going to take some time getting back into the habit, so start smaller.
- Take Small Steps: The higher the heel, the smaller your steps will be. You want to think dainty, and smooth. Once you’ve mastered balance you can extend your stride a bit, if comfortable, but never ever rush to keep up with someone. A lady never rushes. Your stride should be comfortable and confident.
- Heel to Toe: Bend you knees slightly, almost imperceptibly, and shift your weight from the heel to your toe as you walk. Be sure to keep your ankles in line with your knee so that you don’t roll anything and go tumbling over.
- Proper Posture: Imagine your spine as a string that goes from your rear up through your neck and out the top of your head. Keep the string straight. You should engage your abs, and may need to squeeze your glutes a bit a first to keep everything aligned. Shoulders should be rolled backwards. Present your collarbones as if you were wearing a million dollar diamond necklace and drop your chin ever so slightly, as if you were wearing a crown that could easily slip off. Don’t worry if it feels unnatural at first, it will soon become comfortable and habitual. Plus, you’ll look like a royal.
- Practice: Start off my wearing your heels on carpet around your house. Do some chores in them. This way, nobody will see if you fall and you can break in your shoes. Once you’re comfortable in your ability to not face plant, take a trip to the nearest grocery store. Walk down the aisles with a shopping cart – you’ll get used to walking on slick surfaces, and the cart will keep you from falling over. Eventually work towards taking your hands off the cart until you can comfortably walk without help balancing.
A few notes:
- Your feet should point straight forward. Pigeon toed walking is weirdly distracting, and turnout can cause you to fall in heels. You want your feet to point directly out from your legs, parallel to each other.
- There is also a proper way to stand in heels- place the heel of one foot against the inner arch of the other with it turned perpendicular to your standing foot. In ballet terms- stand in 3rd position. This will allow you to balance.
And there you have it. Yes, it takes time and practice, but you’ll soon be stomping the sidewalk as if it was the Fashion Week runways. And seriously, if you don’t practice, we’ll know 😉