A S&T's Guide To High Heels

Wearing high heels can make you stand so that your legs look slimmer, your stomach is flatter, and your femininity is unstoppable.  It can also do wonders for your stride, but walking in high heels is not a natural talent -- it's a learned skill, perfected by practice and discipline.

Even if you think you're "too tall"  or "can't walk in heels", think again.  Every fashionista should own at least one pair of fabulous heels.  They're the perfect example of a true fashion must have, a transformative piece that adds a little extra something to any outfit.

If you don't wear heals or don't own any heels, this series will hopefully help take some of the mystery away and maybe teach you a few things you didn't know about these fabulous shoes.

If you have never walked in high heels before, don't start out with 5 inch stilettos - that's a recipe for pain and maybe even an injury.  Try something smaller, like a 2 inch heel or a wedge to get used to the feeling.  

Walk heel to toe, not toe to heel.  While it might be tempting to put your whole foot down at once, don't do it.  It makes you look strange and unnatural.  Instead, put your heel down first followed by your toe. This will give you more balance and make your stride look more natural.

Try smaller steps.  Wearing heels naturally makes your stride shorter, so you'll need to take more steps than usual.  Don't expect to be able to walk as fast as you normally do in high heels.

Step as if you were walking on a straight line.  When you walk with one foot in front of the other, it gives your hips the sway that models are known for.  Pretend you're walking on a line on the ground, one foot in front of the other, or practice on a actual straight line.

Watch how models do it.  While models walk the runway in a way that's exaggerated from real life, you can learn from their walks and tone it down a little to get the perfect strut.  Practice in front of a mirror until you get it down.  

Add cushioning wherever there's a lot of pressure and/or friction.  There are cushions made in various shapes and from different materials that you can stick on the inside of your shoe for more comfort.  Use them generously.  Sophie & Trey carry a wonderful line of inserts!  Your receive 4 inserts for $7.99. 

Now what is everyone waiting for!  Practice... Then practice some more.  At the end of the day, the best way to become a pro at walking in high heels is to practice often and on many different surfaces - carpet, up stairs, outside, etc.  No amount of reading how to do it will make a difference if you don't work at it.

So girl you better WORK!

Just to get you a little more excited here are some amazing new shoes in at S&T!
JC "look alike's"  $34.99 and spiked stilettos $32.99.
Another JC inspired for only $32.99 and lovely bow shoes only $29.99!