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Old July 3rd, 2006, 11:07 PM   #1
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Default Shoes! Of the high heeled variety..

Going to bed in 5 minutes, but must start this thread before I forget (and maybe get some advice before morning )

I got some gorgeous shoes today...

...problem is they are ~ 3 inch heel and I've never really walked in heels (avoid 'em. Wedges are okay...heels are a no no)

Anybody have any tips for walking in heels, or is it just something you practice and get better at?

I'm afraid my $25 purchase of awesome shoes will turn into a $$$$$ purchase of a broken ankle




And if you have no tips...just show off your awesome shoes
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Old July 4th, 2006, 04:44 AM   #2
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I hope you get this in time.

1. If you have a high heel suitable for work, do not walk more than one city block in them. There is nothing wrong with flats or tennies for walking and slip the shoes once you arrive at the office.

2. Stairs can be tricky until you become used to your changed center of gravity.

3. Allow 5 or so minutes of extra walking time so you can take a more leisurely pace. The extra height, added strain on your ankles, etc. will be less of a shock to your body if you walk more slowly.

4. Enjoy yourself. High heels are not exactly the best footwear, but they can be so much fun! Sometimes, I wear them when I fell unwell just so I can have an emotional boost.

By the way, what do they look like?

My high heels presently consist of one pair red suede ( I purchased them to go with a specific dress, no longer have the dress, kept the shoes), black round toe pumps (I just got them on special at a store here, Von Maur) they are leather with fabric trim, really very pretty and surprisingly comfortable! They are by Nine West. One pair dress sandals in silver mesh. They might sound a little gaudy, but they are actually "rich" looking by Nina. I do have one pair of "fashion boots" that I wear in the Fall when the weather begins to cool, and of course early months when waiting for Spring to warm up. Otherwise I purchase lower heeled shoes and I look for sales, bargains, etc.

Let me know how things turn out.
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Old July 4th, 2006, 09:36 AM   #3
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Great advice!

One thing I'll add that's sort of related to allowing extra walking time is take smaller steps. When I stumble in heels it's often because my stride is too long for the shoes I've been wearing.


Also, make sure to do some foot/ankle/calf stretches periodically throughout the day and after you take the shoes off. It'll help to prevent cramps.

I've really started trying to get low heeled shoes whenever possible lately. I found the strain on my feet just a bit much. I still love the way they look though. Please do show pics if possible!
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Old July 4th, 2006, 10:08 AM   #4
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There's no 'in time' for me =p I just want to be able to wear my new pretty shoes

I'll definitely be putting a picture of 'em up later today...maybe different advice then

ETA:

darn camera batteries need to be charged..pics'll have to wait a bit =p


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Old July 4th, 2006, 10:48 AM   #5
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Remember to bring bandaids the first couple of times you wear them. Even if they are comfortable (I have several pairs that are just as comfy as my sneakers ), there's gonna be a blister or two if you're not used to heels. The front part of the foot is especially vulnerable, since you put so much more weight there when in heels.

I will be eagerly awaiting those pictures, btw.
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Old July 4th, 2006, 04:31 PM   #6
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Those look fabulous! I really like how cuppy the heel part looks, if you know what I mean. The heel also looks pretty sturdy. They'll probably feel a bit more like a wedge than a more 'traditional' pump would. What a fabulous deal! Enjoy!
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Old July 4th, 2006, 05:07 PM   #7
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I have a lot of low or kitten heels..its not hard to walk in these ^^
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Old July 4th, 2006, 05:19 PM   #8
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Meow! Those are GORGEOUS! I'll bet anything they make your legs look awesome too. They're such a good shape for that.
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Old July 5th, 2006, 07:07 PM   #9
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There are some gel inserts you can get in the UK these days which are specifically intended for high heels (they just go under the ball of the foot) and I've found they're fabulous if you're likely to be wearing heels and having to spend a lot of time walking/standing.

Also, with heels I think it's even more important than usual to make sure they have good soles- if your balance is already thrown off a bit, the last thing you need is to be having problems because your shoes are too slippery. (After my mom sprained her ankle really badly from slipping in a pair of high heeled shoes, I've made it a point to buy those gripper pad things and stick them on the bottom of any heels I buy that don't already have decent soles on them. )

To be honest, I think some of the comfort level of heels is actually down to individual skeletal structure, too- because of the shape of my spine and the way my pelvis is tilted, I actually find that I'd rather my shoes either be properly flat or decently high (3 inches or so) because low to mid-height heels are actually MORE uncomfortable on my joints. So you may find they're not as uncomfy as you're worried about.

I would also definitely allow yourself a bit of time to wear them around the house just to get used to them before going out anywhere that you'll be stuck in them for a long time.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 01:22 PM   #10
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I have 4.5" clogs, and 3.5" wedge sandals. You've gotten great answers here, but I'm not sure you know how to run in heels. It's a useful skill to have, and a nice security measure, as well.

Here's how you do it. It's rather simple: Put all your weight on your toes (like you're on tippy-toes), and go!
Practive makes perfect: I've sprinted in my clogs to avoid letting a vase fall on the floor, and most people were shocked to see how fast I could run in those.
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