Tuesday, 2 August 2011

How To Walk In High Heels

Something my friends have always marvelled at me for it my ability to walk, let along stand up in very high shoes for a ridiculous amount of time. On my graduation day I spent the morning in a pair of white Carvella four inch sandals (pictured below) and the afternoon in a pair of Jaeger wedges (also below) before changing into a pair of Kurt Geiger shoes (again, below) for the ball that evening. I don't mean to boast or anything, but I just wanted to give you an example of what can be achieved once you have mastered the art of walking in very high shoes.
left to right: Kurt Geiger (very old), Carvella (last season), Carvella (current collection)

Unless we're on holiday you'll never catch my mother in a pair of flats - she usually ranges from two inches for daywear (three if they are boots) and up to four and a half inches for evening dresses. I thought I'd put together a few handy hints and tips into this post to help you master the art!
Carvella (current collection)

As with anything else, if you really want to learn to be a pro at walking in high heels, practice makes perfect. I find the ideal place to get used to new high shoes is walking around on soft, grippy carpet in the comfort of your own home.

I don't know where this tip is from, though I think it might have been a book, but I know that some people learn to walk in high heels at the supermarket. Flat level floors, (just make sure they are not to slippery), walking up and down in straight lines, and you'll have your trolley to hold on to to help with your balance. 
left to right: Carvella (last season), Nine West (very old). Start with low heels, rather than something like the white hair, which after a few wears I christened 'ankle breakers'!
Start small.

Why learn to run when you can't even walk yet? Start off on a low, kitten type heel or something like that, not a towering four or five inch heel with a deadly platform - why make life even harder for yourself?
Jaeger (last season)

Boots and wedges are a girls best friend.

Even the most comfortable pair of high shoes will hurt in the end, but you will last much, much longer in boots and wedges than in conventional heels. Wedges are kind to the arch of your foot and are easier to walk in because you don't have to worry about balancing on a sometimes narrow point. Boots are much easier to walk in and much more comfortable because they support your feet and ankles so you don;t have to worry about falling off of the side of the shoe, or in the case of sling backs the shoe staying on your foot. 

Make sure your shoes are comfortable, well made and suitable for your feet. 

If spending money on a good pair of shoes meant that I had to wear the same tattered Primark dress for the rest of my life I'd still do it. Most cheap shoes are bad for your feet as the thought has not gone into the design as if they give the right amount of support or not etc. I have tried buying some cheaper shoes, but I find them uncomfortable, they give me blisters and hurt my feet. Shoes that hurt your feet are, frankly a stupid idea no matter how much of a bargain they happened to be. Unless I make any more purchases, this summer I'm alternating between four different pairs of shoes, plus my Havaianas flip flops. This because investing in well made, good quality shoes does cost money, but by having a few good pairs you can get away with not spending much more on shoes than you usually would. 

You'll find it so much easier to walk in your high shoes if they're comfortable and they're not hurting your feet. 

What was your latest high heel purchase? Mine are the lovely pair of black suede high heeled Carvella boots for the winter!


  1. well, I'm fourteen so it's hard to find chances to wear high heels! but I always steal my sister's and I'm not too bad, haha. she is very jealous!

    awesome post!
    ramz and the flock

  2. This is a brilliant post! I have real trouble walking in high heels, and even though I find them really pretty, I mostly avoid them. I've just bought a pair of wedges, I hope they're okay! I agree with you about cheap shoes causing pain - New Look are bad for producing shoes that are really uncomfortable xx
    Sirens and Bells

  3. Good idea! I love wearing high heels, but my problem isn't really walking in them, it is posing in them. I can't take a good picture if I am wearing heels. I just look awkward. Argh! As much as I agree with you on cheap shoes, I found that New Look and Primark aren't bad at all! I never had any blisters from wearing their shoes, and they never hurt my feet, whereas Topshop just makes me cry from pain... Go figure!


  4. I'm really bad at walking in heels! No matter what type of shoe it is or how comfortable it is, my feet pain after a while. In fact, my feet hurt in flats as well. I think it's because I have narrow feet... it's probably time to look for brands that make shoes especially for narrow feet, because at the moment the only pair that I can walk in comfortable are my fit flops! LOL.


  5. Oh thanks for your advice! They are really helpful and you're so right. Cheap high heels aren't worth it. I've got so many blisters, because I wore cheap ankle boots on many party nights.
    Btw, your shoes are awesome! So beautfiul. :)

  6. Thanks for the tips. I have super high arches, weak ankles and a clumsy disposition so I tend not to wear heels at all - however! I just purchased a pair of Egyptian Princess heels by Poetic License this last weekend to wear to a nightclub. They were on super clearance and were definitely very manageable. I put in some arch support gels and only wore them when I did not have to walk very far :P I had flats stuffed in my purse for backup and transit.

  7. My latest purchase was from Mango! I bought wedges! they are comfortable and super cute! love all of your heels!

  8. I too have a great ability at walking in high heels which is strange considering I NEVER wear them. Especially since I went and got a boyfriend whose only 2 inches taller than I am and I have some weird phobia about towering over him (look at how Sophie Dahl and Jamie C look together).
    I love the way heels shape your leg and would love to wear them at all times but thus is the life of a freelancer - leggings, ballet shoes and a top is the standard uniform!!


  9. Great tips, I haven't worn some this summer as much as i should have, so im rusty lol

  10. Great tips, lovely! I've always been able to walk in high heels from a fairly young age (like you, my mother was rarely ever out of some kind of heel whilst I was growing up, so maybe that has something to do with it!), but I've heard a couple of people say that trying out new shoes in a supermarket's quite helpful.
    Personally, I always just do something obscure like vacuming my flat to break in new shoes - helps if you know where they might rub you before you step foot outside, ha :)

  11. my gosh, i love all those shoes! but honestly i'm really not good in walking on those, either i slip or awkwardly fall. i just usually wear those a bit high or just flats. i guess that's how it is for me but i'll try to practice.

  12. love all of your high heels, especially the brown wedges!

  13. i really do think it was you get used to...although i prefer flats to walk in generally, heels do look so much better

  14. This was definitely very helpful! Thank you so much. I don't like wearing heels all the time because they ruin your feet in the long run, but on nights out and when you want to really dress up, they're fun to wear. It's amazing how a nice pair of heels can make your legs look! I wish my feet didn't hurt so much in them, but I think it comes down to me not wearing them enough.

  15. Most of my friends often ask me the same thing about walking in heels. I've just worn them for so long I feel more comfortable in heels :) Love the post.

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  16. Great advice! And gorgeous shoes. Two more tips are:
    1. Keep your ankles straight
    2. Keep your weight down into your heels (don't tippy toe.)

    Anne x

  17. I have been wearing heels forever and my only advice is make sure you still wear flats when possible. My leg mussels are very short now and hurt when I strech.


  18. I need to work on this!! Super advice. I haven't bought any new heels for way too long!! Tomorrow I'm walking around the house in some heels ;)

    T & J



  19. love those shoes! :)



  20. heels are pretty but I prefer to wear flats
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  21. great post! i have such difficulty walking in heels. hurts too much! but i persevere anyway :P
    love the blog by the way :)

  22. I totally get you!!!

    I love my 4 inch heels too, and flats. I can't walk in anything in between.

    And good support is paramount to be able to stand for hours in them. :)

    The Cat Hag

  23. Great post! I'm so used to walking in heels now that whenever I wear flats, I feel strange!

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  24. I love heels, but sometimes the pain becomes too much! I'm definitely using these tips, as I'd love to be one of those girls who can wear heels all day, instead of just for a few hours.

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  26. Great tips, love the supermarket one!


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  27. Those Jaeger wedges are gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment, I hope you stop by again soon.

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  28. I love my heels! What you have written is definitely true, thats basically all the steps I've taken to be able to walk comfortably in heels. Always start small!


  29. Thank you so much for your comment!
    Great post! I really like the trolley-tip :)

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