How to Tell If You Can Walk in a Pair of Heels: The 1-Inch Test

We all want to walk well in heels. No baby deer–on-ice scenarios for us, thank you very much. To this end, it’s beneficial to know the heel height you can handle well and which height is too high. But how do you figure that out? Until recently, we used to just guess which heels we could walk confidently in, but that was before we came across Wendy Nguyen of Wendy’s Lookbook’s handy test.

According to her, you should stand in any heeled shoes you’re thinking about buying with your legs straight and try to lift the heel of your foot out of the shoe at least an inch. If you can do this, you should be able to walk comfortably in the heels, and if you aren’t able to lift yourself up out of the shoes at least an inch, you should consider going for a lower height because the shoes are too high for you. Although this test only works on heels without ankle straps, we think you might find it useful to inform future shoe purchases.

Scroll down to watch the test in action (at 4 minutes, 15 seconds) and shop a selection of our favorite heels.