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9 Must-Know Tips For Rocking Your High Heels

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High heels really are a girl’s best friend. They make you stand taller, look slimmer, and give you that extra boost of confidence that can only come from wearing a killer pair of heels. And as a model, being able to walk gracefully in heels of all heights is something you absolutely must know how to do. Whether you’re walking the runway or not, it’s a skill that will keep you at the top of your game. After all, versatility is key!

Learning how to walk in high heels can be a little tricky, but these helpful tips will bring out the Oluchi and Agbani in everyone.

1.  Slip On a Pair You Love

Do you have a pair of heels that you are obsessed with, but can’t quite get the hang of? Great! Slip ‘em on. Like everything in life, learning to walk in heels is way more fun when you love what you’re wearing. Just be sure they’re the right size!

Of course, if you’re a little nervous about starting with the sky-high stiletto of your dreams, you can always start out with wedges. They give you the height of a heel but are a little easier to manage. Once you’ve mastered those, you can keep on adding those inches.

 

 

2.  Break In The Bottoms

As ANTM’s Miss J Alexander told Glamour, “Scratch the bottom of your soles with sandpaper.” While it may seem sacrilegious to scuff up a pair of shoes you’ve barely worn, it’ll give you extra traction. And that’s always a good thing.

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3.  Don’t Be Afraid To Sit

There’s no shame in taking a seat every now and then. As Miss J added, “Whenever and wherever you can, sit, sit, sit!” It’ll give your feet a chance to rest and allow you to walk more comfortably. Plus, if you sit in a cute way (legs crossed and stretched from the waist), you’ll be able to show off your gorgeous shoes.

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4.  Be Conscious of Your Body

Walking gracefully in high heels is a head-to-toe experience. Relax your hips and knees, engage your abs, keep your shoulders back, and hold your head high. It might seem impossible at first, but you’ll eventually find your rhythm.

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5.  Take Small Steps

Be careful not to overextend yourself with long, quick strides. Wearing heels naturally makes your stride shorter, so you’ll need to take more steps than usual.

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6.  Heel First, Then Toe

When walking, step with your heel first and your toes last. It looks the best and actually gives you more balance.

The exceptions to this rule (there are always exceptions!) are when you’re walking down stairs (heel and toe together) or upstairs (all of your weight on your toe). And no matter how ready you are for the Paris runways, it’s still a good idea to hold onto the railing.

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7.  Test Out a Variety of Surfaces

It would be great if the entire world were carpeted, but…it’s not. That’s why you need to leave the plush confines of your bedroom and explore a variety of different surfaces. Try walking on hardwood, tiles, concrete, grass—basically any surface you can get your feet on.

A really great place to practice is the supermarket. Sure, the floor is incredibly slippery and you have an audience, but you have a grocery cart to stabilize you as you glide up and down the aisles.

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8.  Practice, Practice, Practice

The only way you’re going to master the art of the high heel is to practice, practice, practice. Wear them around your home whenever possible and don’t be afraid to venture out in public once in a while. Getting out of the house in your heels makes you extra aware of your posture, stride and technique, and it never hurts to take notes on how other women are walking.

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9.  Accidents Happen!

Even Naomi Campbell couldn’t help but smile when she bailed in the middle of a Vivienne Westwood show in 1993. So if you take a tumble, you’re not doomed to a life in flats. Just get up, laugh it off, and keep on strutting. You’ve earned it!

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