Sunday, September 6, 2009

How do I walk in high heels like a pro?

Walking in high heels is so much easier than you think.
The secret is practice...lots of it! But before you start practicing, getting the foundation right is so important.

1ST step is to get the right size shoe for your foot. Sometimes we fall in love with a pair of shoes and squeeze our feet in even though they are obviously too small or they flap about because they are too big...either way you will never be able to walk in them properly, so don't waste your money.

You see, walking like a pro in high heels is all about balance...and practice! The shoe must fit perfectly. The arch of your foot must sit comfortably in the shank of the shoe, which is the part that curves between the toe and the heel. If the shoe doesn't fit, your arch will not sit in the shank properly and your balance will be off and this could lead to disaster and a lot of pain in your feet.

Here is the big secret to walking like a pro in high heels...are you ready? Wear them everyday for about 15-30 minutes. That's it. I said it was easier than you thought. Our muscles have something called muscle memory and we can change the memory of our muscles if we do something differently for about 30 days or more so if you practice walking in high heels everyday or as much as you can, the heels will begin to feel like they are just an extension of your foot. When you put them on, your muscles will begin to adapt to the shape of the shoe and 'know' what to do.

Do you remember when you were first learning to ride a bike? You probably fell off the bike several times and felt a bit clumsy and uncoordinated but you kept going until you got it right. No one was born knowing how to ride a bike or wear high heels so keep practicing and it will become second nature.

Please do not copy the way some models walk on the catwalk, overlapping their feet so that they look like they are about to trip...this is not good! Place one foot next to the other and walk. No overlapping or other fancy footwork or you will lose your balance and fall. Besides, you can get that sexy hip sway by just pivoting on the balls of your feet and still maintain your balance.

Put your heel down first right before your toes (don't put them down at the same time, and don't put your toes down first). Once your weight is on the balls of your feet, shift your weight forward, as if you're walking on your tip toes.

High heels are great and can make your legs look longer and make you look taller but only if they fit properly and you walk tall with good posture.

The last but most important tip is to NEVER wear a new pair of heels for the first time when you are going out or you will live to regret it!

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