How To Walk Smart On Heels Without Straining Your Feet

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Ever walked into a function and everyone is telling you how magnificent your shoes are and you smile through hidden agony  and say “Thanks”.

Heeled shoes are a beauty but they can also be a pain, unless you learn how to work them.

Outings usually require them. So how can you enjoy a day of active fun in your favorite stilettos this season?

They enhance your hotness yet to wear them requires tolerance because frankly you have never ever worn heels that didn’t feel uncomfortable?

Here are tips to end the strain and begin the graceful walk in heels you always wished you could achieve:

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1.Walk Heel To Toe not vice versa

Don’t walk on the balls of your feet or put your whole foot down at once as this gives an a sight of unsteadiness .When wearing a high shoe, put your heel down first, followed by your toe as this keeps the walk natural and balanced. You put your heel to the ground first, followed smoothly by your toes. Then, once your weight is on the balls of your feet, shift your weight forward as if you’re walking on your tip toes, and push forward for the next step.

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2. Take Small Steps

Keep your strides moderate. Take small, slow steps, making sure not to bend your knees any more than you normally would. High heels already tend to shorten your stride a bit. The taller the heel, the shorter the stride ends up being. Don’t try to fight this by taking bigger steps—stick with small, dainty steps which will make your walk look more natural, graceful  and keep you more comfortable in your own shoes.

3.  Maintain a slight lean back posture when walking

Push out your frame and don’t slouch your torso when walking as this can cramp your upper back and even hurt your feet.

Walking well in heels is very dependent on maintaining good posture. If you’re slouching and shuffling as you walk, it kind of defeats the purpose of wearing high heels in the first place—the aim is to look comfortable and confident! To get the perfect posture:Put your shoulders back and down and keep your arms relaxed at your sides. Swing your arms slightly as you walk for balance. Bend your knees slightly, they should never be locked when walking in heels. Keep your legs close together as you walk and point your toes directly ahead.

4. Don’t rush your steps

Trying to walk quickly in heels can not only look awkward but end in disastrous trip or two. Between the smaller steps and the compromised balance, it’s best to take your time in heels. Besides, walking slowly gives off an air of confidence.

5. Practice your stance

To stand correctly in heels, stand with the heel of one foot touching the middle of the other foot, while cocked at an angle from it.

Put your weight on the toe of the foot in back, and as soon as that foot gets tired, switch feet so that your weight is on the other foot.

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6. Imagine you are walking on a straight line

A lot of women wear high heels to look sexy, so adding a little shimmy to your walk is a good thing. The best way to achieve a sway while walking in high heels is to pretend that you’re walking down an imaginary straight line, or tight rope.

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7. Arch your foot slightly

As you take each step, or if you feel yourself slipping, arch your foot slightly to put pressure on the inside of your shoe. This will make your shoe fit closer to your foot, making it easier to manoeuvre.

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8. Invest only in shoes that fit

If your shoes are ill-fitting, it makes the difficult task of walking naturally in heels almost impossible. If your heels are too big, use shoe pads for a better fit. If they are too small, consider having them stretched by a local cobbler.

Add cushioning wherever there’s a lot of pressure and/or friction. There are cushions made in various shapes and from different materials that you can stick on the inside of your shoe for more comfortable walking, thus preventing bunions and blisters.

Sources:

http://www.whowhatwear.co.uk

http://www.wikihow.com

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. tom says:

    That’s Shoe business

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Legal and Beauty says:

    Oh my… I totally relate to this post, I have been living in heels my whole life. I believe you have everything covered. X

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Maran says:

    Now I know what to show people when they ask me how I can even walk on my heels. Great post! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Arohii says:

    These are some useful tips, thanks dear. xx

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Africanista says:

      You’re welcome!

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