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How to Walk in High Heels

It's the price you pay for looking hot. Here's how to put your sexiest foot forward—without toppling over.


  • Step 1: Pick the right shoe Pick the right shoe. Need to walk on grass? Stilettos will sink, but a wedge heel will keep you steady. If you're planning to dance, choose something with a strap.
  • TIP: If you're stepping out in mile-high stilettos, take ibuprofen first; the anti-inflammatory ingredients will help keep your feet from swelling.
  • Step 2: Practice Practice walking at home in a fluid heel-ball-toe step. The earlier you start, the more likely your success: the day before an event is good, but playing childhood dress-up is even better.
  • TIP: Stand up straight! Standard stomach in, chest out posture helps you maintain your balance.
  • Step 3: Tread carefully Tread carefully on high heel landmines like cobblestones, potholes, street grates, boardwalks, and staircases--especially those without banisters.
  • Step 4: Watch those stairs Walk up stairs on the balls of your feet. When coming down, sidestep slowly.
  • Step 5: Keep flats on hand Know when to say when. Keep ballet flats or sneakers handy for when your feet are begging for mercy.
  • FACT: Despite their name, "kitten" heels can be vicious--they're more likely to cause lower back pain than a standard pair of heels!

You Will Need

  • High-heeled shoes
  • A little practice
  • Ibuprofen

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