If you are new to high heels you may first read our post on walking in high heels. Once you are ok with walking in regular types of heels you can graduate to stilettos. Stilettos are pencil heels. Though it could be of varying heights, generally stilettos are ultra high heels. Narrow shape of the heels and added height may pose some difficulties. However you can master the art of walking in ultra high stilettos with some practice at home by following some guidelines. Here we are discussing what are those guidelines.
1 Keep your head up and shoulder relaxed
The most important aspect in walking in high heels is keeping your head up and shoulder relaxed. This posture radiate immense confidence and others would look at you with utmost respect. If you are not able to keep your head up and shoulder relaxed while you walk in stilettos, continue practicing at home. Step out in stilettos only after you are able to master this.
High heels are definitely a fashion statement. Heels immediately enhances your confidence and your looks. It brings a level of grace to your walking. Having said this, some high heels may cause pain to your feet. Here we are discussing how you can wear your fabulous high heels without causing pain to your feet.
1 Choose for comfort
High heels won’t be as comfortable as flats or low heel shoes. However it is important to avoid those heels which causes discomfort or pain even when you are trying out the shoes at the store. Don’t assume that the discomfort will disappear when the shoes are ‘broken in’. It may not. So if a pair is outright painful, avoid buing them.
Wearing high heels definitely make you look better, no doubt. Still if you don’t walk properly in them, it may not look so good. So how to look good while walking in those fabulous high heels which you chose after painstakingly trying many pairs of heels at the store. Here are some of the points which can help you enhance your look instantly when in heels.
1 Pick heels that complement your outfit
Which type of high heels are suitable for what type of dress is something which depends on so many factors. Fashion changes from time to time. Also it is different in different geographies. With summer dress or in summer like weather, wedge sandals would be really good. Closed-toe stiletto pumps work well with a pencil skirt or formal trousers. Chunky platforms are excellent when you are wearing losely fitting dress. These are some of the pointers, but you may need to take a decision on a case by case basis.
If you wear stilettos regularly but never worn wedge heels, then you may need to take some precautions before stepping out in wedges. You don’t need to worry if you are feeling slightly unstable in wedges compared to stilettos. This is only because you are new to wedge high heels. Some women prefer to wear only wedges and they may find stilettos a bit unstable. If you practice at home before stepping out in wedge heels, you would be a master of wedges as well, just like stilettos!
1 Walk heel to toe
This is same for all types of high heels. When you walk in a pair of heels, you need to place the heel on the floor first and then the ball of the foot. At the same time more weight should be on the ball of your foot. In other words you need to walk heel to toe by giving emphasis on the ball of the foot.
When you take small kids for a walk you may need to wear shoes which are more stable. You might be having a penchant for high heels and may want to wear heels while taking kids for a walk as well. Don’t worry, we are here to help you find the right kind of high heels you can wear in this situation. In addition to stability you need to choose some very sturdy rough-use type shoes in this case. Read below for full details.
1 Prefer chunky heels
Better go for chunky (thicker) heel shoes. It will have broader base for the heel, thereby increasing stability. If the kids are so small and if you are carrying them in your hands, choose lower heel height in addition to choosing chunky heels. If the kids are older and running around, you can choose slightly more heel height. Having said this, make sure that you are really comfortable to run around in that heel height.
When you are stepping out you cannot always expect a flat and clean surface to walk on. You may have to walk on grass lawn when you are attending a wedding reception, you may need to walk on mud / sand when you go to some country side, you may need to climb up on a slanting surface, climb down on the same, may need to walk over some obstacles etc. Suppose you are facing these difficulties when you are wearing your favourite high heels. You do not wish to strain your feet unnecessarily and at the same time do not want to ruin your favourite shoes. Then the following points would be of help to you.
1 Maintain your posture
Irrespective of the type of obstacle, maintain your proper posture. It is essential to keep a straight up stance, belly in and shoulders up. If you slouch, you may lose your balance. You may exercise your abdominal muscles. This will give you extra strength to the body and make walking in challenging heels and situations easier. This will also make your figure better!
Heel-less high heels are not so common but do exist. Walking in heel-less high heels require some amount of additional practice even for the regular high heel wearers. Having said this, it is not so difficult as we think at first. Here we are discussing some of the important points you may need to keep in mind while walking in heel-less heels.
1 Walk on the ball of the foot
Since there is no heel for this kind of shoes you will have to walk on the ball of your foot. Even otherwise, walking in high heels requires you to give emphasis to the ball of foot, though you would be walking heel-to-toe. Here in this case you need to literally walk on the ball of foot. This is not that difficult if you practice. If you wear high heels regularly, it’s just a matter of time you will become master of heel-less high heels as well!
As we all know high heels can boost your career growth. However it may not be always so easy work comfortably in high heels. If we take some precautions we can increase the comfort level and work without any difficulties even when you wear ultra high stilettos. The points we discuss here will help you to work comfortably while wearing high heels.
1 Take the high heels off if sitting at desk
If you are sitting at your desk it is better to take off the high heels and be comfortable. If you are frequently moving in and out of your cabin or cubicle do not take them off because it would be difficult every time to take off and put on. But if sitting at desk for at least half an hour in a stretch, simply take off the heels, give your feet some breathing space, wiggle your toes, rotate your feet and relax them while doing your work.
Walking down the stairs may be more difficult than walking up in them. So practice well at home before you walk in stairs in public places while wearing high heels. You may need to take a few precautions while walking down the stairs in high heels. And some of these precautions are different from the ones which you should focus on while walking up the stairs in heels. Read on.
1 Focus on putting more weight on the ball of the foot
This is in fact a general principle while walking in heels. However you would be placing the heel first on the ground when walking on the floor though emphasis is on the ball of the foot. But when walking down the stairs you would be placing the ball of the foot on the lower step first and then the heel. But after some practice nobody would be able to recognize you are placing the ball of the foot first on the step.
As we all know we cannot take risk in choosing the outfit to wear while attending a job interview. We have to create the best impression with our dressing in addition to the performance in the interview. Your choice of high heels play an important role in walking into the interview room with confidence. Read below to find out what are the types of heels to wear while going for the much awaited interview.
1 Classic black high heel pumps
Black leather high heel pumps are classic choice while attending job interview. Nobody will raise any eye brows if you walk into the interview room with a pair of well polished leather pumps at your feet.
If you prefer to drive in heels, you may need to take certain precautions while driving. In general, avoid driving if you are wearing high heels which are taller than your natural heel height. Another general point is, if you find it difficult to walk comfortably and fast enough in a particular pair of your high heels, avoid driving in them. Also if you are not confident enough to drive in a particular pair of shoes, drive slowly for a few days till you gain confidence in driving in those shoes. Here we are discussing the types of high heels you can wear while driving, subject to your personal confidence level in those heels. (Note: This article applies to you only if you are in a location where driving in high heels is legally permissible.)
1 Prefer wedge heels
Wedge high heels with your natural heel height or lesser is an ideal choice for driving if you prefer to drive in high heels. You would be able to rest your heel on the floor of the car and comfortably control the pedals. Wedge heels, in general, will have broader base unlike stilettos. This will make them more comfortable for you to rest your feet on while driving. Most of the time only one pedal will be in action, and you may need to rest your other foot comfortably. Fully covered wedge shoes or wedge sandals with back strap as well, are good choices in this case.
Honeymoon trip is an occasion in which the partners would (and should, in fact) try to be as attractive as possible to each other. High heels play a big role in making the female attractive to her partner. But all types of heels cannot play that role during a honeymoon trip. Here we are discussing the types of high heels you can wear to make you more attractive to your partner and also to be more comfortable roaming around in them.
1 Prefer high heel sandals to closed shoes
If weather allows, go for high heel sandals than fully closed shoes. Sandals expose the beauty of your feet and also the painted toe nails. During honeymoon trip you don’t need to hesitate to flaunt the beautifully painted toe nails, of course! And if any art work is done on your feet (like mehendi or tattoo) you can flaunt them as well.
Fashion high heels are largely designed by keeping the latest fashion trends in mind. Comfort, quality of the material etc. may be taking a back seat in many cases. So it is worthwhile to take some precautions while buying fashion high heels. Below are some of the important points you can keep in mind while choosing them.
1 Choose reasonably comfortable shoes
Normally when we see a pair of fashionable high heels, we forget about the comfort and buy those heels. But later, due to the lack of comfort we avoid wearing them, and they catch dust in the shoe rack. This is wastage of money. So give at least the minimum level of importance to comfort even when we give greater emphasis on style quotient while buying fashion high heels.
Walking in high heels up the stairs is tricky. Walking on flat surfaces in heels in itself is not so easy. So definitely much more care need to be taken while you climb up the staircase in heels. In general, you need to use hand rails while in heels when walking up the stairs. Another general point is to place only the ball of the foot on the step while going up the staircase in heels (while coming down it is different). There are exceptions, of course, when wearing different types of heels. Here we are discussing what are the specific points you need bear in mind when in different types of heels and going up.
1 Wearing ultra high stilettos
Wearing ultra high heels and that too stilettos is less stable, so extra care is required. If your calf muscles (especially Achilles tendon) and foot muscles (Plantar fascia) are not strong enough, the situation could be worse. This is because the heel of the shoe may move down very much when it is hanging over the step, in this case. Remember you are placing only the ball of the foot on the staircase step when going up. The heel going down is ok to a bit. But if the heel tip goes much lower, it may lock the shoe to the step temporarily and prevent the free movement of your foot. It can even make you stumble. If the height difference between two steps of the staircase is very less, you can place the entire shoe on the steps to climb.
There may be situations wherein you may need to run in high heels. This may happen while trying to catch a train or running after your kid or trying to escape from something. In those circumstances it is not enough being able to walk very well in high heels. Rather you may need to run in them, and that too very fast at times. Here we are discussing how you can run in your high heels without falling down and that too without causing much damage to your shoes.
1 Maintain your proper posture
Before starting running stand up straight and place your hands about 6 centimeter (2.4 inch) away from both of your sides. You can point your palms to the floor and flex your fingers horizontal to the floor. Keep your neck and shoulders up. Shoulders should be slightly backwards (but overall body forward). Your stomach a little tensed up, not fully relaxed. Your butt too. Avoid looking at the ground right in front of you, unless absolutely necessary. Looking the ground will make your head turning down and will push your stomach back and make your back slouch. Your posture will be ruined and you would not be properly balanced in this case. So look ahead.
High heels, especially leather heels can be quite expensive. So it’s always worth taking the extra effort to maintain them properly. Moreover leather can get damaged faster if not maintained properly. There are of course different ways to take care of high heels. However taking good care of leather high heels is different from maintaining other types of heels. Here we are discussing what are the steps you can undertake to maintain your fabulous leather high heels to make them last long like brand new. Better heels give the well deserved facelift for your feet every time you wear them!
1 Always keep them clean
The most important step in maintaining your heels is to keep them clean. Though we all know this, most of us don’t put much effort to keep our shoes clean. Even if our shoes catch some dust or dirt we don’t care much, especially when they are not so visible. But this habit is the worst enemy of our high heels. You can use a soft brush to remove all the dust and dirt from them. Then clean them with a damp cloth. You can also use vinegar to clean leather shoes. Put a few drops of vinegar in a cotton cloth wipe the heels with the cloth. You may need to do the cleaning every day when you are back home.
If you happen to stand for the whole day while wearing high heels, it could be stressful for your feet. In such circumstances you may need to take the following precautions to prevent foot pain as well as damage to your fabulous high heels. If you have foot pain at the end of the day you can very well relieve the foot pain after getting back home.
1 Keep your feet shoulder distance apart
Keeping your feet at shoulder distance apart provides comfort to your legs and especially your feet. This is the most stable and comfortable posture when you stand at ease. In this posture there will be minimal lateral pressure on your feet and high heels.
Wearing high heels is a fashion statement. Of course there are compelling reasons for being in heels which can even help grow your career. Though there are several advantages for high heels, you may need to take some precautions to ensure that they are friendly to your feet. Here we are discussing how we can go about it.
1 Select best-fitting high heel
We all know that we have to find out the best fitting shoes for our feet. But the moment we find something really fashionable, comfort and right fit takes back seat. Sacrificing on fitting and comfort for fashion is the biggest pitfall we all fall into from time to time. So selecting the best-fitting high heel is a point worth mentioning again and again! By using certain techniques, you can very well find if a particular pair of heels are right fit for you.
There are many discussions on how to walk when wearing high heels. But there are very less discussions on how to sit when in heels. Lot of precautions need to be taken when sitting while wearing heels. This is to prevent damage to your fabulous high heels as well as to protect your feet. Here we are discussing some of the ways you can sit when you are adorning your feet with great high heels.
1 Sit with legs crossed
It is very difficult keep your feet in a slanting position while sitting, especially when you are wearing ultra high heels. But if you are crossing one of your legs over the other you would feel more comfortable. The foot which is on the floor would be pressed down and would be more stable. Moreover you would be able to move the crossed leg freely and relax. You can also do some mild stretching exercise for the foot when you are sitting with one leg crossing over the other. Medical tip: Sitting cross legged for a long time in a stretch may not be good for your spine. So alternate between sitting crossing the legs and without. You can also take a short walk in between if you choose.
High heels catapult yourself into a higher orbit in terms of style quotient. The reasons for wearing high heels are many including boosting your career growth. However all types of high heels may not be giving you the same kind of freedom and comfort to your feet while walking. Here we are discussing the types of heels which are most suitable for you if your day involves largely walking.
1 Prefer heels with your natural heel height or lesser
Walking would be straining your feet a lot if you wear high heels with heel height greater than your natural heel height. If your day involves largely sitting taller high heels may not be much of a problem. So it is worthwhile to measure your natural heel height and stay within that limit.
Women have right reasons for wearing high heels, especially because heels can even boost your career growth. Having said this, wearing heels taller than your natural heel height on a regular basis can cause foot pain. Of course you can prevent foot pain by taking certain precautions and you can relieve the pain if it happens. Here we are discussing some of the types of high heels if your day involves sitting for most of the time.
Stilettos are highly attractive, but are less stable while walking. So these heels are very much suitable for those occasions when you are mostly supposed to sit. Stilettos make you look very lean and tall. You will look much taller than the height you gained due to the high heels. You will look more elegant.
High heels enhance your style quotient, there is no doubt about it. High heels can boost your career growth as well. However if you end up standing for the whole day, you may need to choose your high heels a bit carefully. Here we are discussing some of the types of high heels you may wear on such occasions. This may help to prevent foot pain as well.
1 Prefer chunky (thicker) heel
Chunky heels give better stability for your high heels. This will reduce lateral pressure on your feet while standing. You would feel more comfortable in your heels if thicker heels are chosen.
Smart ladies loves to wear high heels, of course due to right reasons. As you are aware, high heels can even boost your career growth. Even though high heels have so many advantages like this, being in high heels is not as easy as being in flat shoes. Decreased stability is one of the side effects of wearing high heels. Here we are discussing how we can be more stable and at the same time not compromising on style, when in high heels.
1 Have a thicker heel – the more narrow the heel, the more unstable
Thicker (chunky) heel enhances stability significantly. Narrow heels may be lesser stable than heels which have broader base. You can even go for wedge heels. However, since the wedge high heels are not flexible you may find it less comfortable to take walks in them unless they are slip-on wedge sandals.
Wearing high heels to work definitely enhances your professional look. At the same time, does every type of high heels do this value addition to your professional attire? The answer is both yes and no. It largely depends on the work environment of the organization you work with. Here we are discussing some of the types of high heels which can significantly enhance your professional look.
1 Black leather pumps
These are classic work shoes. If you are having any doubt on which type of heels are suitable in particular environment, you can go for a pair of black leather stiletto pumps. Nobody will raise any eyebrows on the suitability this type of heels in office irrespective of the work culture of the company.
Killer heels have a bad reputation. High heels are often blamed for creating problems such as foot pain, toe deformities, Achilles tendonitis etc. But did you ever know that flat shoes can be really damaging for your feet? Here we are discussing some of the reasons why flat shoes are causing damage to your feet.
1 Lack of arch support
This is the single most important problem in flat shoes. 90% of the flat shoes in the market for women are having absolutely zero arch support. If the shoe does not have arch support you may try to use some shoe inserts to get adequate arch support.
High heels or flat shoes? This is a question which comes to every modern woman’s mind daily morning. Is there a straight answer to this question? Unfortunately NO! There are plus points and minus points for both types of shoes. It is important to look at what type of activity you are going to undertake on that day, to decide which type of shoes to go for. Depending on the activity you undertake different aspects take priority.
1 Stability – flat shoes and medium heels
In terms of stability, flat shoes and medium heels may be scoring higher than high heels but there are more stable high heels as well. If you are looking for a great amount of stability in a particular day, you can go for flat shoes on that day. Medium heels are also relatively stable, especially the wedge heels.
If your work involves meeting clients, at your office or client’s office, on a regular basis, you may need to choose your high heels more carefully. Definitely high heels can boost your career growth and get new business as well if you get your choice of heels right. Here we are discussing the types of high heels you can wear while heading for a client meeting.
1 Prefer formal black pumps
Formal black pumps are the classic high heels which you can wear to any business environment. If you are confused on which type of heels to wear, these are the ones to go for when you are set to meet clients. You will be the most confident in black leather pumps when you meet the client.
High heels enhances your style quotient multiple times in no time. However, if you are wearing heels on a regular basis it can lead to foot pain and other problems. If you are wearing ultra high heels even one day, it may lead to foot pain. So do you need to go back to flat shoes to prevent foot pain? No, the good news is – you don’t need to give-up high heels altogether to prevent foot pain. Only thing is that you need to choose some foot friendly high heels. Read below some of the guidelines you may keep in mind while choosing high heels while stepping out.
1 Wear right size high heels
Wearing the high heels of right size is the single most important step to prevent foot pain. If you are wearing a wrong size it can even affect your walking and posture as well. Wrong size heels can cause injury and may be even long term damage to your feet. So always resist to temptation to buy wrong size high heels however fashionable they may be!
Wearing high heels to a business conference enhances your professional look. It also adds value in networking with other attendees of the conference. As you are aware, there are compelling reasons for wearing high heels, and the heels can even boost your career growth. Having said this, we may need to strike a balance between being fashionable and being elegant when in a conference. Here we are discussing the types of high heels you can wear when you are heading to a business conference.
1 Black pumps
Black leather pumps are the classic business high heels. You will look the most elegant in them, without doubt. Wearing the pumps of your natural heel height will make you the most comfortable while walking around and networking during the conference.
Women love to wear high heels, of course due to obvious reasons. The ubiquitous high heels can even boost your career growth. However it is not always comfortable to be in heels especially when the heel height is more. So, is there a magic formula to find out the heel height you would be most comfortable with and natural? Here we are discussing a method by which you can measure your ‘natural’ heel height.
Depending on several factors including the shape of your foot, flexibility, arch height, length etc., your foot has a particular natural incline while in a state of rest. If this is measured, can indicate which heel height would feel most natural and comfortable for you. If you are wearing a pair of heels of ‘natural’ heel height, you would definitely be more comfortable because your feet are at their natural incline and not excessively strained.