Learning to walk in heels is a rite of passage for many women. It can be a treacherous road, paved with broken heels, sore feet, and unexpected tumbles. And when you’re first learning you tend to look like a baby giraffe taking its first steps.
It can be enough to make you dread dragging them out of the closet, content with the comfort and safety of flats. But fear not! Help is on the way. Here’s how you can go from being a fledgling stiletto connoisseur to an undaunted pro in five minutes, flat.
Work that core
Another important component of maintaining your posture, according to Dr. Splichal’s advice, is to keep your core engaged. Not only will it help maintain your spine in the correct position, but it’ll also help you keep your balance while walking in heels. At the end of the day, it’s just another reason to keep up your Pilates routine.
Put your sole into it
According to Cosmo, you’re going to want a heel with a thick sole, but not one that’s made out of wood or plastic. They’re too rigid. Leather and rubber have much better give, and if it’s nice and thick, the extra cushion can make all the difference at the end of a long day.
Slow your roll
Walking is such a second-nature activity that it can be hard to make the conscious decision to do it differently. That’s why it’s important to take a moment to focus on taking slower, shorter steps. According to the editor-in-chief of College Fashion, you can’t expect to walk as quickly as you do in flats.
If the shoe fits…
Could your biggest problem walking in heels be that you just aren’t sized correctly? Chyna Whyne, founder of the instructional program Walking in Stilettos, told TODAY.com that you want to look for three things: the size should best fit your bigger foot, the length of the shoe should fit your longest toe, and the ball of your foot should rest on the widest part of the shoe.