Tips for High Heels

Tips On Shopping For High Heels

Have your feet measured so you know your exact size. Sometimes your feet can actually be two different sizes! To get your feet measured, just go to the shoe section of any good department store. Most of them should have tools to measure your foot and find your perfect size.

Realize that you may be different sizes in different brands. Depending on the cut of a shoe, you could be a 7.5 in one brand and an 8 in another. Similarly, know what size you are in European sizes, because many quality shoe brands use those. For a handy conversion chart.

Try on shoes at the end of the day. Believe it or not, your feet can change sizes throughout the day, and they swell a little bit by the end of the day. Try shoes on after walking around and you'll get a picture of your true size.

Walk around in the shoes before you buy them. Okay, a no brainer, but worth mentioning. You should do some laps around the shoe area in the shoes before you even think about buying! And remember to shop at stores that have good return policies – every shoe is going to be comfortable at first, but maybe not after an hour! Buy shoes somewhere with a decent return policy so you can wear them for a while and see they stay comfy before committing.

Quality High Heels: What To Look For

All heels are not created equal – in fact, there are huge differences in quality from one brand of shoe to the next. Learn how to spot high quality shoes and you can invest in heels that will last you forever!

Note how the sole is attached to the shoe. If the sole is stitched on, make sure the stitches are even and look secure. If it's glued on, check to make sure that there is no space around the edges where the sole could start to peel off. You want a sole that's seamless and isn't going anywhere.

Look for shoes with a layer of rubber on the heel – this will help prevent slippage and make it easier to walk in the shoes. Some heels don't have rubber or any kind of grip, and these shoes will be difficult to walk in and possibly even dangerous!

Don't spend a lot on..

Espadrilles. There's really no difference in quality between the brands when it comes to espadrilles – linen is linen, and rope is rope. Cheap ones are just as good as expensive Christian Louboutins in this case!

How To Walk In High Heels

learning to walk in heels is something that takes lots of practice, and it's not something you can learn just by reading an article!

Start small. If you've never walked in high heels before, don't start out learning with 5 inch stilettos – that's a recipe for pain and maybe even injury! Try something smaller, like a 2 inch heel or wedge to get used to the feeling. You can always work your way up to your most killer heels.

Walk heel to toe, not toe to heel. While it might be tempting to put your whole foot down at once, don't do it – it makes your walk look strange when you're wearing high shoes. Instead, put your heel down first, followed by your toe. This will give you more balance and make your stride look more natural.

Take small steps. Wearing heels naturally makes your stride shorter, so you'll need to take more steps than usual. Don't expect to be able to walk as fast as you normally do in high heels.

Watch how models do it. Download a video of a fashion show on you tube and watch the professionals strut in their high heels. While models walk the runway in a way that's exaggerated from real life, you can learn from their walks and tone it down a little to get the perfect normal-person strut. Practice in front of a mirror until you get it down.

Practice… Then practice some more. At the end of the day, the best way to become a pro at walking in high heels is to do it as often as possible. Practice walking on carpet, slippery floors, up stairs, and outside. No amount of reading how to do it will make a difference if you don't work at it. Walking in high heels is like any other skill – you need to do it a lot to get good at it.


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