Walking correctly in high heels all starts with your posture and finding your centre of gravity. Follow my tips and you should see your confidence rocket!
Tip 1: Get Fitted
Try on different heel heights and pick the one that is most comfortable for you and ensure that you have the right size. A size too small will hurt your feet while a bigger size is likely to make you wobble and fall so get your foot measured properly at a footwear boutique. Don’t assume one size fits all, depending on the style and material of the shore, the fit and therefore the size can vary. Stores offer half sizes, so if you feel you may be in between – visit them and they will get you fitted with the correct size.
Tip 2: Prepare the shoe
New shoes can often have slippery soles so score the bottom of your shoes with a key or pair of scissors to create rifts and a rough service that make them less slippery and affords you better traction…unless they are Laboutins and the sole is their signature of course!
Tip3: Protect your tootsies
Grimacing in pain at chafing shoes means you are putting unnecessary stress on your feet and risking your health so if you find it tough to break-in your new pair of stiletto high heels, try gel cushions for the balls of the feet and heel inserts to help minimize rubbing at the back of the shoe. Has a great selection of discreet feet saviours that you can wash and reuse. No one has to know and prevention is the best cure.
Tip 4: Carry Spares
Wearing high heel stilettos for a long time can result in a visit to the podiatrist so you have to know when enough is enough. Listen to your body and change to a pair of flat ballet pumps that you can keep in your bag. Many designs now fold in half so they’re small enough to keep in your clutch bag.
Tip 5: Perfect your posture
Walking with ease in high heels all stems from your posture. Without finding your centre of gravity, your weight will be distributed unevenly as you walk with most of the pressure resting on the ball of your foot (due to the angle of the foot when inside the heel). This affects your balance, hence the common wibble.
There are four most common ways that people walk incorrectly in heels, so you may recognise yourself here:
Gripping of the thighs and toes
Improve your sense of balance by standing on one leg and change. Repeat this as many times as you like until you wibble less.
A great way to test if you have poor posture is to stand straight and let your arms hang naturally at your side. If you palms are facing behind you, you need to correct your posture! If your palms are facing inwards to the sides of your body, you have good posture.
To correct poor posture, lift your shoulders up to your ears, lower them and lower them once again. Ensure your shoulders are rolled back and down, lengthen your spine by lifting your chest to the sky and engage your lower abs by pulling in your tummy.
Now step forward from heel to toe and put your sexiest foot forward!