How To Walk In High Heels
(A Dancer’s 5 Secret Tips)
Nothing completes an outfit or gives a woman an air of grace like a pair of good heels.
However, it pains us to see beautiful, stylish ladies have their look completely ruined by their inability to walk in their heels – however gorgeous they may be.
Like many things, walking on the tips of your toes doesn’t exactly come naturally and moreover, nobody actually teaches us how to walk in those attention grabbing stiletto high heels!
So if you find yourself struggling or want to improve your confidence, style and gait, why not try the following tips below? Just grab a pair of heels; beg, borrow, steal if necessary; and follow our 5 steps to get you strutting around like a pro in no time!
1. Pick Your Poison
If you’ve never worn heels properly before don’t launch straight in with a super-high, pointed stiletto.
A chunkier heel increases surface area on the ground giving more balance; also, pick a style with straps so you don’t have to contend with keeping the things on as well. You have enough to concentrate on for now!
2. Stand Up Straight
Sit down whilst you put your shoes on and then stand up. Keep your feet hip-width apart, with the weight evenly-distributed on both feet and check that you’re not leaning backwards.
Shift your focus to your spine. Stand tall and straight. Open the shoulders and push them gently back so that the chest opens up. Relax the tops of the shoulders downwards, and keep your arms relaxed down by your side.
Finally, lift your chin up so that it’s parallel to the floor and always keep your eye-gaze straight ahead – not too far up and definitely not looking down at the floor!
3. It’s All In The Hips
You’re nearly ready to start walking, but now I want you to focus ALL your attention on your hips, as this is where the movement is going to come from. Tense your abs slightly, as if showing off your six pack. This should bring your hips forward. Now focus on keeping them there.
Never stick your bum out behind you!
Lastly, if you are still unsure of where your weight placement should be, think to put slightly more weight onto the balls of your feet than your heels, remembering to keep a slight tension in your core (ab area).
4. Best Foot Forward
You’re now going to start walking! One foot at a time, heel-toe, heel-toe. Obviously right? BUT as you’re about to take a step, keep the focus on your hips – because if you lead with your feet, your legs will feel like they are running away from you and you’ll end up hunching over to keep up and move your centre of gravity over them.
This is the most common mistake I see. The centre of gravity should always be over the hips, which in turn controls your feet down the length of your leg. Lead with your hips, moving each one forward with each step, but don’t exaggerate. If your hips are forward, your back should still be straight, your abs a bit tense and your bum and thighs will be poised and perfect with each step.
5. Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle
So you’re walking with your hips forward and you’re looking great! With a bit of practice you will start to get a natural wiggle.
This comes from another key point – don’t bend your knee as you put weight onto your foot!
This is big mistake number 2 which makes you look like you’re walking on the moon. Or worse, trotting like a horse.
As you transfer your weight down the leg onto a foot, that leg should straighten. As you bring the next leg forward, lean your weight into the straight leg and allow the hip to roll backwards as you extend the other leg forward and step. Repeat on this leg and so on.
Full-speed you will have a sexy side to side wiggle. The further back the standing hip, the further forward the leading hip can move, extending the leading leg further out and increasing size of step, meaning if you’re in a rush you can still move about rapidly without having to totter like a Barbie.
This is how dancers get those famous ‘sexy hips’ and the exact same rules apply to walking (sequined mini-dress optional).
So there you have it…
A dancer’s secret to walking in high heels!
Remember practice makes perfect and don’t forget to enjoy the ride in your gorgeous shoes.