Walking in high heels is a skill that is acquired amongst young women in their late teens, or even earlier than that. Myself? I was always a converse and sandals kind of girl. Probably the first time I wore something with even a slight heel (that was, regrettably, kitten heels - cringe!) was at my school prom in 2011. Oh the innocent days. Don't get me wrong. I wanted to be like all the other cool girls at prom, with the sky-high stilettos and colourful wedges. But I could barely stand without a wobble, so it just wasn't an option for 16 year old me at the time. I know, that I'm not alone in this. Plenty of you have tweeted and even e-mailed, asking me FAQs such as this. I definitely think there's an art to walking in heels, at first it feels like you're on stilts! I definitely salute those french guys that danced their butts off to the likes of Beyonce on BGT. The simple fact is, heels are a girls best-friend. They make you look slimmer, taller and generally feel more confident. This is my journey from shy kitten heels to, well, 'proper' ones....
OK. So this is the rather embarrassing beginning of the heel journey! This is from my Prom, my bestfriend is on the right, and I'm on the left. Kitten heels galore! Bless. I didn't know much of fashion back then, seeing as everyday consisted of school uniform and the typical school shoes from Clarks. Oh, how times change. I couldn't barely even scuttle along in those bad-boys, I remember taking them off at the end of the night with the straps having tattooed their own marks on to my skin, along with plenty of blisters too. Ouch. Not a great start.
Then came the beautiful wedge. At first, these were also a struggle in walk around in, but no-where near as bad as the classic heel. I was determined to get the knack of it, and if you're wanting to start off somewhere, wedges are your best bet. I would walk around in the house to try get as much practice as possible, even if it meant doing the hoovering in them! These were actually the very first pair of wedges that I owned, from New Look.
I love these beauties, they've definitely made me feel more 'grown up' and elegant, compared to the once tomboy with a sole love of worn out converse! As Marilyn Monroe once said, "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world!" But make sure those shoes are well broken into first!
My main 'method'? Begin with taking smaller steps. Once you've built up your confidence and begun to get into your stride, make sure you're walking from heel to toe. Even though you feel as if you're on stilts, try not to wobble about and walk like you are on them! Move as normal as possible, just as if you were wearing flats. It's also a good idea to improve your posture, because if you're slouched it doesn't help and defeats the purpose of even wearing heels. Last but not least, Practice, Practice, Practice!
What do you think to wearing heels?
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Lots of love,