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My High Heel Experiment

Does anyone have any good ideas to teach me how to walk in high heels?

I’m openly jealous of my sister for a lot of reasons…she’s frankly amazing.  She’s smarter, funnier, sexier — if I could be half as cool as she was, my self esteem would sky rocket.  However, I’m used to her rocking for the most part (I have been her sister for almost three decades).  There is *one thing*  she does that often can make my jaw drop as she does it.  Despite the fact that she has three kids that she’s is refereeing around most of the time, she manages to do them in these amazing shoes, specifically insane high heels.  She always did have a bit of an issue being short (I suffer the same fate as well) and I guess she compromised her issues by being able to sprint in high heels.   I’m often floored how she can stand in some of them, let alone be a mother of three in them.

And she gets me these gorgeous shoes too with heel heights half of hers…and I look like a moron walking in them.  I have feet issues in general (hence why I have prescription orthotics), and I have no desire to where high heels every day, but I see no reason why I shouldn’t be able to wear a sexy pair of shoes once a week at least.  Thus, I’ve decided to treat this as a type of endurance training.  I’m thinking of making a rotation system where I try to lengthen the time I wear high heels.  I was thinking originally to wear the shoes for 10 minutes in my home while doing some standing chores.  Everyday or every other day, I would increase the time by 1-2 minutes.  I figure I’m doing well if I can do house work in them for two hours straight I’m doing well.  After that, I would try to go to work in them as well.  I have a bad gait in general; I tend to drag my heels as I walk since I was a child (because I’m LAZY).  Stiletto heels though prevent me from doing this without meeting an untimely fall.  So, hopefully, not only will I be able to walk in high heels after training, I won’t walk around like a bum either.

Not the most exciting experiment ever, but maybe one of the the more sexier ones.  So, any advice?

  1. melinda
    December 3, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    It seems to me that there are two issues with high heels: one with the height that affects posture and gait, and one with the stiletto part that has to do with balance. For example, I find walking in platform shoes much easier than walking in heels that end in a point. Maybe you can start with platforms, and then move to narrower heels. Also, the height of the heel matters a lot. If you have lots of shoes to choose from, start with the ones with maybe an inch of heel, get comfortable with those, and work up.

    It’s been shown that people who wear non-supportive shoes, like high heels, all the time tend to have serious foot issues when they get old. Heels are nice for special occasions, but I would avoid them for more than a few times a month.

    • hottiescientist
      December 3, 2009 at 11:00 pm

      I definitely have an easier time with platforms that I do with stilettos. I’ve been changing up the stiletto heel that I have with the platform one to get used to the shoes. I think most of my problems would be fixed if I just walked…correctly. With the platforms, I drag my feet more but with the stilettos, I have a much better gait. I can handle 1inches with no problem actually, but anything over 2 inches I look pretty bad. My sister sports around in 6 inch heels. I don’t want to wear high heels every day like she does…just a couple times a month so I can feel pretty (and taller!). I will definitely see what comes of this…

  2. ms
    December 5, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    when i was interviewing for grad schools last year, my little sister took me out to buy a suit and shoes. both my sister were amused that 1) i did not even own a suit, and 2) that i looked like a cowboy when walking in them.
    i managed to not fall over during my interviews, but it was a pretty miserable experience =S
    platforms get a thumbs up from me!
    you already are pretty! not sure what to do about the taller part tho. i’ve decided not to think about it =)

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