Walking in heels is an art form. Women, and some men, have to learn the proper way in which to stand and walk if they do not want to be seen face down on the floor. There isn’t a class in school or a shop that gives out walking in heels lessons. Those beautiful shoes that you spent your hard earned money on can be the talking point of the evening. Whether it be because you look stunning in those shoes or because you just tripped and fell head first into the punch bowl. Learning some proper body mechanics is a good start towards walking in 5 inch heels like a pro.
Keep your head up. This is important because the way the human body moves, if ones head is looking down, the back arcs, moving your body forward and keeping you on your toes. This isn’t the big problem, what happens is when you look back up, your body shifts and one high heels, this could mean disaster. Having proper posture in regards to head placement will keep your shoes on your feet and under your weight, giving even displacement to the entire shoe, not just the heel.
Keep your center of gravity the same. This one is probably the most important piece of advice. When walking in heels, you should note that the heel of your foot is not very well supported, therefore, if you constantly shift your center of gravity, you are chancing more weight shifting to either side of the foot, causing either a sprained ankle or a more embarrassing face plant. Also something that this article will touch on later is the way in which one leans. Leaning backwards or forwards moves one’s center of gravity, and when things shift things can go from good to disaster in the matter of a step. Try purchasing high heels with a wider heel in the back first, so you can practice, before moving onto thinner and more dangerous shoes.
Leaning back is something that many people find comfortable to do when walking. This isn’t bad in normal shoes, it keeps your back stretched and it feels natural. However, in 5 inch heels, you are pushing your luck and betting that you won’t continue falling backwards or snapping that fragile heel. Leaning forward slightly while walking will allow your weight to be on the toes of your feet and allow for more control while walking in heels. This is especially useful if you are unsure of the surface you are walking on. When one leans back, it is harder to replant your feet because the slipping motion forces ones body backwards while pushing the foot out, it is much easier to bring your foot back underneath your body if you start falling forward. There are more tips and tricks in regards to wearing heel, however, one must start with the basics or tragedy will befall your date night, and perhaps, leave lasting effects that remind you why you don’t wear heels anymore.