How to walk in seven-inch platform heels in public

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How to walk in seven-inch platform heels in public
The platform sole compensates for some of the heel height. (high heels image by Snezana Skundric from

Walking in heels can be nerve wracking and painful even if the heels are only 2 or 3 inches tall. However, when the heels are 7 inches tall and come with a 1-inch or taller platform sole, walking in public for the first time can be frightening and hazardous. The extra height creates more pressure on the balls of your feet and stress on the ankles to keep your balance. With a few stretches and some practice, your first walk in public will go smoothly.

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Things you need

  • 7-inch platform heels

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    Stretch your feet, ankles and calves before putting on the platform heels. Warming up the muscles of the feet and ankles will help you wear the shoes longer with less pain. Bend your toes back as far as they will go, hold for 3 to 5 seconds, and then relax. Repeat 10 times for both feet. Rotate both ankles 10 times clockwise and 10 times counter clockwise. Flex the toes of both feet 10 times. Stand with both fee together. Lift your heels, rise up on your toes, hold for 5 seconds, and then relax. Repeat 10 times.

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    Walk heel-to-toe, not toe-to-heel. Place the heel of the platform down first and then pivot the food forward to the toe. Do not attempt to walk toe first, as the angle of the shoe already puts your balance at a disadvantage. In addition, don't place the entire foot down at once. This stomping motion creates an unnatural gait.

  3. 3

    Take smaller steps. Unlike shorter heels and flats, you will not be able to walk quickly in 7-inch platform heels. Walk slowly and place your feet directly in front of one another.

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    Swing your arms as you walk. Use your arms for balance, but try to maintain a graceful gait. Keep your arms close to your body. Swing one arm forward with the opposite leg, then alternate.

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    Practice, practice, practice. Wear the platform heels around the house for several days before wearing them out in public. Keep them on for an hour at a time to allow your feet to become accustomed to the extreme angle of a 7-inch platform heel. If you have tile or laminate in the home, use the lines to practice walking in a straight line. If you feel comfortable, walk on the sidewalk outside your home or on the back porch to get used to real world terrain.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are not accustomed to heels, practice with 3- or 4-inch heels before graduating to 7-inch platform heels.
  • Don't drive with extremely high heels or platforms. Carry a pair of sandals or other slip-on shoes that you can exchange for the platforms while driving. The height of the heel and platform makes it nearly impossible to angle your foot properly to press on the accelerator and can lower your reaction time on the brake pedal.

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