Heels are an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe and a must-have item to spruce up any outfit. But, if you’re like most women, you probably have a love-hate relationship with them. As women, many of us are familiar with the throbbing pain that often ensues after a night of standing, walking and dancing in heels. According to the Spine Health Institute, up to 72% of women will wear heels in their lifetime. This means that most of us are still willing to put up with the pain of wearing heels, regardless of the suffering we may have to endure afterwards. Why? Well, there are a number of benefits to wearing high heels, including the way they make your strut appear more graceful, feminine and attractive and the fact that they make you look taller. Likewise, wearing a gorgeous pair of heels can also give you a much-needed boost of confidence and make you feel more powerful and in control.
So since heels aren’t going anywhere any time soon, it’s time to learn how to properly master them, instead of allowing them to master you! No more wobbling around and soaking your aching feet in ice cold water at the end of the day. Here’s a list of ways to rock high heels, walk gracefully and add an extra oomfph to your wardrobe—and all it takes is a little practice!
1. Get Your Shoe-Size Checked
One of the keys to rocking a pair of glamourous heels, is to make sure you’re wearing the same size in the first place. It may seem obvious, but many women make the all-too common mistake of choosing heels that aren’t the correct size. According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, 88% of American women are wearing shoes that are too small! Imagine the difference it would make on the overall health of our feet, if we all made sure we were wearing the correct size. Your foot size will likely change over the years, and many women find that their size changes considerably after having children. So instead of guessing your size, make it a priority have your feet properly sized regularly and ensure that your feet are measured for both width and length.