How to Walk in High Heels

highheelsIt’s interesting when watching people walk in high heels how many, or rather how few people learn to master this art.

Some of the reasons we wear high heels are to help us to look taller, more elegant and confident. Yet if we walk badly in high heels we defeat the purpose. Below are some guild-lines to help you to master the art of walking in high heels.

  1. Stand tall, hold your shoulders back and let them drop down. Your chin should be parallel with the floor as if you had a wire coming out of the crown of your head reaching towards the sky.
  2. Stand with your chest up and protruding before your nose. That is if you walk towards a wall your chest will hit the wall before your nose.
  3. To find the center of your hip socket, gently move your hips forwards then backwards and stop in the middle.
  4. Take the step straight from the hip joint and gently roll the hips as you walk, do not bend your knees more than you would normally.
  5. Take small steps, this gives a more elegant look.
  6. Keep your legs close together as you take each step bringing one foot in front of the other in a straight line. Do not swing your feet out to the side.
  7. Your heels are placed on the ground first, after which the weight is transferred over the ball of the foot and lastly the toe, which is used to push off with the next step.
  8. Relax through your hips knees and feet when walking.
  9. Use imagery, for instance imagine you are, Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada or Julie Andrews in the Princess Diaries.
  10.  Do not over stride slouch or shuffle as you walk, as this will spoil the whole look and defeat the purpose of wearing high heels in the first place.
  11. When doing the “Catwalk Walk” you bring one foot right over the other swinging your hips up and down as you go, imagine your hips are doing a figure of eight and gently swinging your arms. The left arm with the right leg and vice versa.

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  1. I remember the days when I started to wear high heels! I am tall already so I think the biggest challenge was to deal with the ‘attention’ when wearing heels and standing out even more.

    Thank you for sharing these tips, there is always room for improvement!