So I want to show you exactly how to walk in high heels properly, without any pain and in full comfort. Most importantly, so you can look SEXY and be the envy of all your friends.
So I’m assuming you are here because you’re tired of rocking the flats and sneakers and want to seamlessly upgrade to a collection of pretty pumps and platform boots. If you are, then you are in luck! There’s always that time in a woman’s life where you see that gorgeous pair of pumps in the store but think, “wait, I don’t know how to walk in these!”
Unfortunately, we women weren’t born with the natural ability to strut around in 5-inch heels like it’s nobody’s business (boo), so we all have to learn how to walk in them at some point! Walking in heels is no easy thing to learn, however, following these 7 tips on how to walk in heels the right way can get you going from sore feet to a sassy walk in no time.
Does the shoe fit?
A great walk can only start with a great pair of heels. It doesn’t matter how gorgeous that pair of 4-inch peep-toe Louboutins’ you’ve been eyeing at Nordstrom are. If you’re only stepping into them for the first time, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Grab yourself an affordable and comfortable pair of pumps to practice in that are around 1-3 inches. This will give you the most natural feel to your walk and the ability to get used to the way heels feel. Also, bonus tip! Starting with an affordable and comfortable shoe can set the bar on how you like your heels to feel. That way, when you do master your walk and invest in a great pair, they’ll be that much easier to walk in and you’ll already know what you like.
Don’t worry; we’ll get you into those Louboutins’ eventually!
Start off slow
We’re not trying to run a marathon or beat our friends in a race to the bar here (and if you are, please, just don’t wear the heels.) We’re simply trying to get ourselves to a comfortable point in walking with heels, and look glamorous while doing it! There’s nothing wrong with taking smaller steps to begin with and building up from there.
Slow and steady wins the race, so don’t feel the need to walk as fast as you possibly can either if you’re just getting the hang of it. Take your time and build up your speed, as you feel more comfortable. Same thing goes for when you’re testing out another height of heel. In the beginning, the higher the heel, the slower the pace, so keep it steady until you’re ready!
Remember: Heel to Toe
This must be your mantra in heel-walking practice! When walking in heels, there is the tendency to put your entire foot down at once and just keep it moving. You MUST fight against that! Think about it. You naturally walk heel to toe anyway right? (Or, you should, simply for health reasons.) Your heels should feel like an extension of your foot, not a barrier to get where you’re going. Walking heel to toe just like you normally would, will give you the most natural feeling walk.
Beginners usually feel that walking heel to toe in 3-inch pumps almost forces the front of your foot down as you walk. If that is happening to you, take a little bit of weight off your heel when you step. It might take some getting used to, but practice having control over the front of your foot while walking, and naturally glide into your steps as if you were as graceful as Audrey Hepburn!
Where are your knees?
Ladies, let’s admit one thing here. We have all seen that woman who clearly doesn’t know how to walk in heels. Just picture her. She is looking absolutely ridiculous, stomping her feet with her knees permanently bent like she’s trying to crush grapes to make her own form of wine.
Don’t be her.
Along with walking heel to toe, you should have a natural bend to your knee, but stepping forward, your knee should straighten as well. Go ahead! Stand up, walk back and forth, and take a look at how your knees flow. They are constantly bending and straightening. That’s how walking in heels should be, too.
Don’t forget those hips!
We love moving our hips anyway, right? A sure way to tell if you’re walking correctly in heels is if you can get your hips to flow too! Remember, walking is a full-body exercise! You’re moving your legs, swinging your hips, staying balanced with your abs, swinging your arms, the whole nine!
Stepping with your left leg? Your left hip should have a little pop. Stepping with your right leg? Your right hip should have a little pop. All together now!
It really sounds like we’re about to do a dance now, doesn’t it?
Get into your rhythm
Don’t you hate it when someone tells you “don’t think about your ex!” and all you can think about for the next 20 minutes, is your ex? That’s kind of how it feels walking in heels. You may feel awkward, like you’re about to roll an ankle and have thoughts like “am I doing this right? I wonder what I look like right now.” However, getting into a rhythm eliminates all of those thoughts that come to mind.
If you’re constantly thinking about if you’re walking correctly, that’s all you’ll think about, and you’ll be more likely to mess up or judge yourself even harder. Think about why you’re wearing the heels. They’re cute, make you taller, elegant, classy and confident. Getting into a rhythm while walking will make you feel like the most confident person in the room and just like that, you’ll be walking comfortably, looking stunning and completely forgetting about the fact you’re wearing heels.
Practice Makes Perfect
As cliché as it sounds, it really does. No one is ever a pro the first time walking in heels. Actually, some women aren’t even pros at walking in heels for the 50th time! Practice in your home, on hardwood floors, on carpet, on concrete, really any type of surface you can find before stepping into a full day of rocking those pumps. You’ll thank yourself later.
So there you have it! Walking in heels is truly an art, and a gift we’re lucky enough to have available to us. Nothing makes you feel sexier and more confident than wearing a great pair of heels. Take advantage of it, practice your signature walk and blow the world away with your confidence! (And you’ll never have to think about how to walk in heels again.)