(Closed) To those who wear heels…..

posted 7 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Practice. Haha

Wear them around the house while your doing the dishes and cleaning and stuff.  eventually you get good enough you can run in them

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Glades Pike Winery, Somerset, PA

Practice, and also, get heels with a platform in the toe area. The girls on Idol wear those 5″ heels, but with like 1.5″ platforms, which means that the “incline” of the heel is really only 3.5″. Does that make sense? Like, the ball of your foot is already 1.5″ off the ground, so your heel is only pushed up another 3.5″ after that. Platform heels are way easier to walk in IMO because they feel more stable in general, and they’re very in style right now so that’s a good thing.

But yeah, beyond that…practice. Start low. I wear 3-4″ heels almost daily now but for years i never bought anything above 2″. Eventually those 2″ shoes will start to feel almost like flats to you because you’ll be so used to walking in them, and you can move up in heel height if you want to.

Don’t start with shoes with a pointy toe, either, because with those you have to alter your natural step a little bit to avoid the toe point getting “stuck”/dragging on the floor when you pick up your foot. It’s hard to explain, haha, but take my word for it that round/almond-toe heels are way easier to learn to walk in.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Ditto the practice. 3 inch heels feel like flats to me now. I only really have to concentrate with 4 inches and a thin heel. You’ll feel a little odd at first, that’s natural. Kinda like when you first start riding bikes and you feel a little wobbly, and you think about what you’re doing a little too much. But the muscle memory builds quickly so long as you’re consistent. But make sure you’re buying quality heels. Nothing will kill your desire faster than heels that don’t fit right, have too steep of an arch, are made of materials that won’t stretch, that will essentially cause your feet to blister and bleed any time you wear them for long periods of time. There are millions of heels out there but only a few comfy ones. You have to be picky. I have a couple pairs in my closet that I could wear for 8 hrs and feel great when I take them off. But it took me years to find them.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Glades Pike Winery, Somerset, PA

To add: Walking in heels uses different muscles than walking in flats does, so at first your legs will get tired after about 5 minutes, and you’ll feel awkward and shaky because those muscles aren’t used to being used/you may not even have knows you had them, haha. But keep trying and you’ll get used to using those muscles, and they’ll get used to being used, and build up strength. I agree with the poster above me, 3″ heels feel like flats to me now.

Also make sure you don’t get heels that are slippery on the bottom, those are damn near impossible to walk normally in! I find that this is the #1 key for me to being able to walk normally/comfortably in heels. If I constantly feel like I’m going to slip, I have to squeeze every muscle from my butt to my ankle, and walk like a very slow robot. But if I know my heel isn’t going to slide out from under me, I can walk confidently without thinking about it.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

And don’t forget to size up half a size!  🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Walking in heels is all about the core — keep your pelvis & abs strong and “tucked,” and you’ll be on your way. 

I’d suggest starting with a wider heel under 2″ and slowly working your way up. If you feel unsteady, it’s probably because you’re leaning too far forward to overcompensate for your new center of gravity. Keep your head up, shoulders back & relaxed, and like I said your core engaged.

PPs made a good point about slippery heels — use a razor or sandpaper to rough up the soles a bit if you feel like you’ll fall. 

Also, just a note: heels “help” your behind by making it appear more lifted, but that’s because you’re using leg and ab muscles to control your balance. Heels are in fact terrible for your body, causing foot, back, hip, and and knee pain & injury. Wear them only when you need to (I put on my heels as the very last thing before I head out the door) to save yourself a little. Also, the more you carefully stretch and strengthen your legs & abs, the less stress the heels will put on your body.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Practice and a properly fitted shoe. If I’m wearing a properly fitted heel I can run in them, which usually for me is something with an ankle strap. For pumps I have to get half a size down to get them to stay snug enough on my foot so that I can walk “normally”, but then my toes get really mad at me by the end of the day Frown

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Glades Pike Winery, Somerset, PA

@Missloveknot:  Nine West. I SWEAR by them. I don’t know what it is about them vs. any other brand, but they are my go-to brand for heels. They’re soooo soft on the inside and they conform to your feet so well. It’s like wearing slippers. You can usually find them cheap at stores like Marshall’s and TJ Max and such, but they carry them full-price at DSW and sometimes you can find standalone Nine West stores. (And full-price still isn’t too expensive, I’d say in the $50-$60 range usually.)

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I started with a really thick heel and a lower one around 2″.   I have those 5″ ones with the 1.5″ platform.  I have to admit, I’m a little nervous.  My back up plan, after the ceremony is to have some high wedges available for when my feet start to hurt.  The wedges are more stable and comfortable.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It really is practice – and I like ones that have straps of some kind, and closed toe.  I can run in my heels now too.  I would say that I have been wearing them five days a week now for two years.

I really felt stupid in them at first, and I’m sure I looked very ungraceful, but I have to wear them for work.  So I got some lower ones at first, and ever since then, I have gotten much better.  My first couple pairs had about a one or two inch heel, and the heel itself wasn’t a stilleto – it was a lot wider and sturdier. 

 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was born in heels (probably one of the reasons my mother never loved me).

Practice!  It won’t take very long to get the hang of it.

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