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.

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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!

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Carvella (current collection)

Practice.

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. 

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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?

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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!

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