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.
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2 Stilettos of natural heel height or lesser
Your ‘natural heel height’ is an important factor when you wear heels, and especially when you climb up the stairs. In this case you have much more freedom of choice. You can either place only the ball of the foot or the entire shoe on the step (if calf and foot muscles are not strong). It is better and easier also to walk up by placing only the ball of the foot on the step. However you can choose to place the whole shoe if you prefer.
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3 While wearing ultra high platform heels
If you are wearing platform heels with greater ‘height differential’ (difference between the height of toe platform and heel height), be extra careful. Mostly toe platforms are more rigid. So these shoes may be more unstable than other types. So try to keep the whole shoe on the step, if possible. Then walk up very slowly with the help of hand rails. Keeping only ball of the foot on the step may not be that advisable here.
4 Platform heels with lesser height differential
Platforms heels with lesser height differential would cause lesser strain for your feet. If the height differential is less than your ‘natural heel height’, then you can follow the tips under point no.2. Preferably place only the ball of your foot on the step. If finding it difficult to do this, place the whole shoe on the step and walk up.
5 In wedge high heels
Wedge heels in general has very rigid single block under your foot. So it is advisable to place the whole shoe on he step. Placing only the ball of your foot on the step may make the shoe unstable. So use hand rails and walk up slowly and gracefully by placing entire shoe on the step.
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6 When wearing fashion heels
Fashion high heels are much more delicate than the regular use heels. So you need to avoid extra pressure on them to prevent any damage. Placing only ball of your foot on the step exerts extra pressure on the shoe. If you are less confident about the sturdiness of the shoe, place the whole shoe on the step and walk up slowly.
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7 While in high heel pumps
Place only the ball of your foot on the step, take the help of hand rails and walk up gracefully. Make sure that the heel tip does not go down much, to avoid the pointed heel from ‘locking’ on the step. Do not try to place the whole shoe on the step while walking up in pumps.
8 In strappy heels
Strappy heels are more delicate than the high heel pumps. Also exerting extra pressure on the shoe may cause discomfort to your feet if the straps are very thin. Unexpected pressure on the shoe can damage the shoe as well. Though placing only the ball of the foot is the preferred option, you can opt for placing the entire shoe on the step if you are uncomfortable.
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9 Wearing slip-on high heel sandals
Slip-on high heel sandals can be risky to handle while walking up the stairs, since it can slip-off very easily. So choose the best option based on your comfort at that moment. If you feel confident, place only the ball of your foot on the step. If you feel that risky take enough time, place the entire shoe on the step and walk up slowly.