The Secret To Walking Gracefully In Heels: 7 Tricks That Work

The Secret To Walking Gracefully In Heels: 7 Tricks That Work
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When Marilyn Monroe said: “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world,” we’re fairly certain she was talking about heels. But if you can’t walk in said heels? Well, that essentially negates any potential conquests, whether you’re in the boardroom or the bar. Accordingly, we’ve put together the seven secrets to walking in heels the right way.

Scroll down to check out the life-changing tips, and while you’re at it, why not treat yourself to a new pair of killer heels from our shopping section? After all, you’ll need something to test out your new skills!

  • Trick 1:

    Trick 1

    The easiest way to look like an amateur in heels is to put your whole foot down at once, as if you’re wearing flats. When wearing heels, put your heel down first, followed by your toe. This will make your walk look more natural.

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    Trick 2:

    Wearing heels makes your stride shorter than normal, so you’ll have to take an increased number of small steps to go the same distance. We’re not recommending baby steps, but don’t try to take your usual long strides either. 

  • Trick 3:

    Trick 3

    Trying to walk quickly in heels often ends up looking quite awkward. Between the smaller steps and the compromised balance, it’s best to take your time in heels. Besides, walking slowly gives off an air of confidence.

  • Trick 4:

    Trick 4

    You may find you want to walk faster than your heels will allow, and end up craning your neck forward to compensate. This ends up looking strange, so allow yourself to lean just the slightest bit back when walking in heels, as this will counteract your inclination to lean forward. 

  • Trick 5:

    Trick 5

    When you want to draw a straight line, you’ll get better results if you look at your end point as you draw, rather than looking at your pencil as it moves. Similarly, when walking in heels, you’ll walk more gracefully if you look at your goal point (maybe it’s the podium at the end of the stage), and visualize a straight line going toward your end point, rather than looking down at your heels as you walk. 

  • Trick 6:

    Trick 6

    As you take each step, or if you feel yourself slipping, arch your foot slightly to put pressure on the inside of your shoe. This will make your shoe fit closer to your foot, making it easier to maneuver. 

  • Trick 7:

    Trick 7

    If your shoes are ill fitting, it makes the difficult task of walking naturally in heels almost impossible. If your heels are too big, use shoe pads for a better fit. If they are too small, consider having them stretched by a local cobbler, or try this hack to stretch them yourself. 

  • Shop Heels
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    Shop Our Heel Picks Below:

    Alexandre Birman Two Tone Pump ($298)

    The delicate ankle tie makes these two-tone pumps a standout pick. 

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    River Island Barely There Mule Heeled Sandals in Black ($87)

    Behold: the next generation of mules. 

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    ASOS Poynter Pointed High Heels in Floral ($87)

    We’re quite enamored with this artistic take on the floral print. 

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    Loeffler Randall Maisy Ankle Strap Sandals in Black/Saddle ($350)

    Jessica Alba is a fan of these sandal-meets-bootie shoes. 

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    Forever21 Faux Suede Strappy Sandals in Plum ($30)

    We never would have guessed these heels retail for only $30. 

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    Zimmermann Tie Up Sandals in Black/Cream ($410)

    These lace-up heels are the definition of alluring.

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    Aldo Rise Zowie Pumps in Natural ($50)

    From the woven heel to the embroidery detail, these aren’t your average white pumps.


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    ASOS Headline Heeled Sandals in Black ($81)

    We adore tortoise sunglasses, so it’s only natural we’d love the finish on our shoes too.

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    Barney’s New York Open-Toe Ankle-Strap Bootie ($495)

    Some open-toe booties can have a club vibe, but these are downright ladylike. 

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    Carven Liberty Printed Bow Heeled Leather Court Shoes in Black ($280)

    Embrace your inner lady with these dainty bow heels. 

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    Coach Mackenzie Heel in Natural/Oxblood ($428)

    May we point your attention to the unique shape of the stacked heel on these adorable booties?

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    H&M Leather Sandals in Black ($60)

    From the chunky heel to the platform sole, these are the type of heels you can wear comfortably all day long.

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    Helmut Lang Mimeo Pump in Black/White ($550)

    We’ve seen many d’orsay pumps come out as of late, but the addition of the extra strap makes these a cut above the rest. 

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    Jenni Kayne Perforated Pointed Toe Mules in White ($188)

    If you make one more summer shoe purchase this season, let it be these white mules. 

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    Ivanka Trump Carra Pumps in Black/White ($135)

    It’s no surprise that Trump’s line of shoes work perfectly at the office. 

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    Sophia Webster for J.Crew Riko Pumps in Black Navy ($695)

    We’re still crushing on this entire collection, but if we have to pick just one pair, it’s got to be these festive sandals. 


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    Aquazzura Babe Booties in Black ($695)

    Olivia Palermo is a supporter of Aquazzura, so much so that she’s designing her own collection for the brand. 

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    Pour La Victoire Zen Slingback Pumps in Fog ($275)

    These sling-back booties are going to be a closet mainstay come fall. 

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    Vince Ankle Strap Mules in Black/Woodsmoke ($495)

    Please meet the new addition to your fall shopping list.

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    Loeffler Randall Remy Pumps in Deep Blush ($325)

    Looking to expand beyond your basic black pumps? We recommend these pretty blush heels. 

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    Steve Madden Stecy Heel in Leopard ($85)

    Leopard is best used sparingly, which is why we’re quite taken with these minimalist sandals.

    Do you have any tips for staying steady when walking in heels? Let us know in the comments below!


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