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.
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2 Transition your weight onto the ball of your foot
Running, in general, is on your toes. The body weight should be more on the ball of your foot while running. This is true even when you are running in your high heels. However it is far more difficult to run on your toes when you are wearing heels, especially if the heel height is more than your ‘natural heel height’. As mentioned in the next point, you can run heel to toe in certain situations, but even then the body weight should be felt more on the ball of your foot than on the heel.
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3 You can run heel to toe on flat surfaces
While running on flat surfaces which has no obstructions, you can run by placing the heel first on the floor and then toe. At the same time if you are running faster this may not be a good idea. When you run faster you may need to run on your toes, else it would be much stressful for your feet and has the risk of losing balance as well.
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4 Avoid pounding your shoe heel-to-toe all at once
Since you are not running in heels every day, the run would not be perfect and it’s ok. Sometimes the shoe may be hitting the ground with the heel-to-toe all at once. As this may damage your fabulous heels, it is better to avoid mashing your shoe on the ground like that. If you are running faster, place the toe first and then the heel, and if you are running slowly then you can place the heel first and then toes.
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5 Run on toes while going downstairs
While running downstairs it is easier to run on toes. However make sure that the steps are not slippery. If the floor is slippery never run in high heels when going downstairs, as it may make you fall. Falling when running downstairs can be far more dangerous than on flat surfaces. So if the floor is slippery, then take off the heels and run.
6 Pivot on heel to change direction
Sometimes you may need to navigate around an object on the ground while running in high heels. You can pivot on your heel and change direction and navigate around. Pivoting on the heel can damage the heel tip, however that can be repaired easily and this may be a small price you pay for the benefit of changing direction while running. If you prefer you can avoid pivoting on the heel tip.
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7 Land on toes when jumping over small objects
If you have small obstructions on the way and if you prefer to jump over it, then land on the toes of your favourite foot (right foot for most people). You may lose balance and fall down if you land on the heel, especially if you are wearing stilettos.
8 Avoid running in heels on polished surfaces
Polished surfaces would be highly slippery for the high heels, due to the lesser surface area contact between the shoes and floor. Always avoid running in heels on such surfaces. Better to take of shoes and run on such occasions.
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9 Avoid stopping abruptly
When you are stopping running, do not stop abruptly (if the situation permits). Stopping all of a sudden can be stressful for your feet and it can damage your expensive high heels as well. But in certain cases, the situation may demand you to stop abruptly. Barring such occasions, you can graduate to brisk walking and then gently stop.
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