How to Walk in High Heels

January 24, 2015



Hello friends!  If you follow me on Instagram then you will know of my obsession with high heels.  Heels not only add the obvious height advantage, but they also slim the figure and give the illusion of longer legs.  What’s not to love?  And for many, including myself, not only do they give a physical boost but also a confidence boost.  There’s just something about those extra inches that make me feel more powerful.  Of course, if I was wobbling around clumsily the opposite would be true and being self conscious would rule.   Which brings me to what this post is about: how to walk GRACEFULLY in high heels!  As with anything practice makes perfect and if you are new to heels start off with a kitten heel or wedge and save the 5″ stillettos for when you’ve mastered the lower heel.  Baby steps!  So without further ado…

1. If the Shoe Fits.  Proper sizing is essential for being able to walk easily.  Too large and your foot will be sliding around, which will be detrimental to maintaining balance, and too small and the pain of scrunched feet will automatically make your stride appear awkward.  I should also note that your shoe size can change over time, especially after pregnancy, so get professionally sized yearly!


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2.  Perfect Posture.  Before you begin to walk stand up tall, look forward, keep shoulders relaxed and down, stand with your knees slightly bent and engage your abs.   Keep your upper body relaxed and maintain this posture as you begin your stride.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to engage your core muscles by flexing your abs.  This will protect the lower back and will help you avoid back pain.  Who knew walking in heels was an ab workout?


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3.  Roll with it.  Now that you’ve got the correct body posture it’s time to address stride.  Your stride length will automatically decrease in heels and the higher the heel the shorter the stride will become.   Always walk heel to toe with a natural rolling motion while leaning ever so slightly back.  Avoid putting your entire foot down all at once (unless you are going down the stairs or a very very steep hill).  Putting the entire foot down at once or the ball of the foot down first will result in a very choppy strut.

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4.  Rhythm and Strut.  Now that you’ve mastered the motion you need to develop a rhythm to propel you forward.  Try singing a song in your head that has a great walking beat that gives you a confidence boost and puts a spring in your step.   Try to keep it steady and slightly slow because a fast pace and high heels do not mix.  Look straight ahead and walk as if there is an imaginary straight line in front of you.  Place one foot in front of the other, similar to how models walk down the runway, but less exaggerated.  No walking like a cowboy! Ha!


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5. Avoid the Slip.  New shoes usually have a slippery leather sole that immediately spells  trouble!  If the shoes are somewhat pricey it may be a good idea to have a cobbler apply a rubber sole.  Not only will this protect the soles against damage, but it will provide much needed traction.  If a rubber sole is not wanted then using a little sandpaper against the soles just where the shoe touches the ground will provide added grip (please don’t take sandpaper to the entire sole!)

If you feel yourself becoming unsteady no matter the reason, arch your foot.  This puts pressure on the inside of the shoe which will give you a tighter fit, grip and more control to help you maneuver through the unsteadiness.



And there you have it!  All the tips and tricks I have for walking in killer heels.  If you have any tips you swear by I would love to hear them!  And like pretty much everything in life it all boils down to confidence.  Talk to yourself in a positive voice and go out and rock those killer heels!

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Jacket: Yigal Azrouel (similar here or here)
Top: ALC (similar)
Pants: Superfine (In light grey or similar style)
Shoes: Casadei or in Grey
Bag: Proenza Schouler
Bracelet: Geoffrey Scott
Ring: Geoffrey Scott
Ring: Nialaya

Thanks for visiting! xoxo Erica

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  • Reply Emma January 24, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    I love this! And love having you as a friend on ig, you have such an amazing style- always classy! <3


  • Reply Emily Brunotte January 25, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Very cool post! I love your insight. I will definitely be paying more attention to how I walk in heels from now on!!

  • Reply mybeautrip January 26, 2015 at 4:08 AM

    Great post!

  • Reply Carrie January 26, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Such great tips! Most I do, but others I will have to try. Gorgeous as always, my friend!


  • Reply Gabriela January 26, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Since each brand has different sizing, how does it help to get professionally sized?

    • Reply erica January 28, 2015 at 6:19 PM

      It helps to be professionally sized because you will know if your foot sized changed and will think to order the next size up in your usual designers. It is definitely true that sizing changes between brands, but some woman will buy their usual size no matter if it fits a little snug or not. It is just a way to bring awareness.

  • Reply Holly January 27, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Core engagement is a must! I once told a friend to glide forward without actually dragging her feet, I guess that is similar to what you said about rolling. 🙂

  • Reply audreymwende April 27, 2016 at 3:51 AM

    May the Lord truly bless you and your super helpful tips! My boyfriend recently bought me a pair of Christian Louboutin “Hot Chick” pumps and when I first tried them on it was excruciatingly painful (and i’m used to walking in heels). It was such a shame because they were my exact size and I had given up all hope when I decided to do some research on how to manage walking in them when I stumbled on your blog. I especially found the tip about the rubber sole helpful. Thanks again.

  • Reply Taylor Bishop November 8, 2018 at 4:54 AM

    I wanted to thank you for this advice for walking in high heels. I appreciate that you mentioned it’s important to keep your upper body relaxed while having perfect posture. This seems like it could be a good way to keep you balanced while also walking properly.

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