Wearing very high heels, sometimes called stilettos, helps many women feel sexy and confident. However, it can also be painful and sometimes even embarrassing when done improperly. Learning to walk in very high heels requires practice and preparation of both shoes and body. Remember that there are long-term health risks of wearing very high heels, such as shrinkage of the Achilles tendon, increased risk of osteoarthritis and stress fractures in your feet, so try to save your really high heels for special occasions.
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Things you need
- High heels
- Sandpaper or gripping pads
- Feet cushion inserts
Rub the soles of your high heels with sandpaper to make them less slippery. Concentrate on the areas that hit the ground to avoid embarrassing and painful slips and falls.
Insert foot cushioning pads into the high heels, particularly around the ball of the foot. Full shoe inserts or metatarsal pads can also help make high heels more comfortable for long-term use.
Wear your high heels around your house to practice and break them in. Glamour magazine suggests wearing the shoes to the grocery store so you can walk around while you adjust to the heels. Leather shoes will conform to your foot and therefore be broken in and more comfortable more quickly.
Put on your high heels and close your eyes.
Put your hands on your core muscles, the muscles in your back and abdomen. Pay attention to how your core muscles support the rest of your body and help you keep your balance.
Take several steps while focusing on your core muscles and how they affect your balance.
Stand up straight while wearing your high heels. This make you look confident and helps your body balance.
Take short steps. Extend and straighten your leg as you take a step in order to look more graceful.
Place the heel on the floor before the ball of the foot or toe. Keep the majority of your weight on the toe of your shoe, as if you are pretending to walk on tiptoe.
Follow an imaginary straight line as you walk, placing each step on the line so that your hips sway as you walk.
Swing your arms gracefully as you walk to aid in balance.
Tips and warnings
- Open-toe heels are often more comfortable than closed-toe heels as they put less pressure on your toes.
- Wear heels with ankle straps to help keep them on your feet.
- If you have to bend your knees while standing in your heels, the heel is too high. Choose something a little lower.
- Make sure your high heels fit properly. The better the fit, the more comfortable they will be.
- Continuously wearing high heels can cause severe damage to your feet. Try wearing heels only for special occasions, choosing lower heels, or be sure to give your feet some rest from heels.
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