Heels are the perfect companions for women. They can be the perfect accomplice to any outfit, whether you are going to the office, to a social gathering or a formal event. They transform your legs and make them look like a super model’s legs. You don’t just look different when you are wearing heels, and you also feel different from them. You feel an instant surge of confidence and attitude the second you put your feet into those heels.
But heels come at a price. And if you don’t watch yourself, that can be a very heavy price. First of all, you have to learn how to walk gracefully in them. You don’t want to fall head over heels while looking awesome and sexy literally. Another thing that you have to consider is the pain and the anguish, not to mention the eventual blisters.
We might think that there’s no solution to these problems and that you can only wear heels by being uncomfortable, but that is not the case. There are several ways that you can make your experience a good one and rock those heels like a pro.
1. KEEP A STRAIGHT POSTURE
We all remember our mothers continuously instructing us to stand straight. We also remember rolling our eyes or turning up the volume of our iPods or iPhones to drown out the noise. As it turns out, she was right all along. As long as you keep a straight posture and don’t slouch or in any other way unbalance your body, you can wear those heels anytime that you want. It is all about taking care of your neuro-muscular system. There are a lot of techniques that you can adopt to make sure that you keep a straight posture.
2. WORK ON YOUR CORE
Working on your core isn’t just effective in building a lean and muscular body and having a six-pack. It is also essential for a good posture. Working on your core will help you keep a good posture, and a good posture will help you wear your heels longer and with less pain. You can do pilates or yoga to work on your inner core. A lot of models and celebrities have said that this is one of the ways that they can bear to walk or stand for hours in heels and look fabulous. Remember: a fabulous core makes for a fabulous you.
3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK
We all thought that homework was meant for students, but that’s not true. If you want to wear those heels and not have a painful expression on your face, then you need to do your homework too.
What do we mean by homework?
Well, before you wear your heels at a party or any other kind of gathering, you have to practice wearing it at home. Walk around the house on the balls of your feet and practice till it’s perfect. There are 38 muscles in your feet, and you have to strengthen all of them.
4. WATCH HOW YOU WALK
Walking is different in heels as compared to other types of shoes. Doctors prescribe that walking in heels is like trying a Y-step. When you walk, try to land on the outer border of the heel and toe. This means that you have to make sure that you land on the ball of the foot. If you land squarely on the heel, it might collapse the heel under the weight, and that can result in accident or injury.
5. THE ABOVE STEPS SHOULD KEEP YOU ‘HAPPY’
If you follow the above-mentioned steps, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be ‘Happy’. We are not just talking about the emotion; we are talking about an acronym that can make your heel-wearing dreams come true. HAPPY stands for:
H: Head held high
A: Abdominal muscles pulled in
P: Pelvis in neutral
P: Press chest down
Follow this acronym and rock your heels whenever and wherever you want.
6. KNOW HOW TO WALK ANYWHERE
A lot of events that you go to will be held on school ground or any other terrain. If you are not familiar with such surfaces, it might end up a disaster, and you might wish that you had never bought those shoes in the first place. For example, if you are walking on a grassy surface, you need to use the muscles of your calf to elevate yourself on your heels. This will ensure that your heel stays above the grass and doesn’t sink. And when you’re out for a night in the town with your friends, instead of clomping like a lot of women usually do, make sure that you walk lightly and land on the ball of your foot.
7. MAKE SURE IT FITS
Sometimes, we make the mistake of being hasty and just because we adore shoes, we buy them without checking them properly. Here’s what you need to do to make sure that the shoes you are buying fit:
- The ball of the foot should rest on the widest part of the shoe.
- Always go for the size of the bigger foot.
- The length of the shoe needs to fit your longest toe.
8. ARE THEY SAFE FOR YOU?
There is a huge difference in checking your shoes by walking across the store for five minutes and walking normally for an hour. So, how can you find out whether they will be safe for you on different types of surfaces while still being in the shoe store?
Usually, what most women think is that if the shoes are expensive, then they should also be hazard-free. Just make sure that you check them by tapping at the back from side to side and ensuring that they don’t rock and are stable.
9. WHEN YOU SHOP MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Yes, it’s true! There is a correct time for shoe shopping and a bad time. You might have come home to find out that the shoes that fit comfortably at the shoe store are now giving you problems. It might be because you didn’t buy them at the right time of the day. The best time to go shoe shopping is mid-day. Our feet are swollen at the end of the day because of all the stress that they go through, and in the morning, they are not swollen at all. Mid-day is when our feet are in the middle, and that is when you should shop.
10. REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Whether you like it or not, your shoes are like everything else and need some workup every little while. If you feel that you are having a hard time maintaining your balance, try changing the heels. Even if you don’t have any problems, change your heels every 4-6 months for perfect balance. Also, if you feel that your feet are burning then just add some cushioning to counter the effect.
Follow the above steps to ensure that you get to enjoy wearing your heels anytime and every time that you want without any problems or later complications. You and your feet will thank us later. Good luck!