No matter your opinion on Beyoncé, there's one thing you can't deny: The woman can do pretty much anything in heels. Dance. Run. Jump. Walk. Strut. Go to basketball games. Even casually carry her child up a yacht ramp. We would not be surprised to learn that she might even sleep in her stilettos.
In a nod to Beyoncé's incomparable high-heel skills, the editors over at Huffington Post Style interviewed a professional backup dancer (who once auditioned for Queen Bey!) to get some tricks on how to do more—way more—than just teetering along in your stilettos. Keep scrolling to learn from her wisdom!
This goes for whether you're just walking to your car or doing a full-on stiletto exercise class: Stretching your feet will help prevent soreness the day after wearing heels, and makes you more limber and flexible while you're wearing them.
"One of my dance teachers, who also choreographs for Beyoncé, told me to take ballet so I could get better at dancing in heels," dancer Linda Kuo tells HuffPost Style. "The right way to wear heels is very much like doing ballet. Which is not a coincidence at all because ballet was done in heels back in the French courts."
Dancing will improve your balance, strengthen your legs, and increase your flexibility—all good qualities to have for heel-wearing.
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Posture is key to walking in heels.
"When you pull up from your center," Kuo says, "there's less pressure on your knees." Imagine a string lifting the top of your head directly up toward the ceiling as you walk.
When you lead with your hips (instead of your chest or your feet), your weight tends to be more evenly distributed, and your posture is better too. It also forces you to engage your thigh muscles and takes the pressure out of your knees.
The most important key to doing anything in heels, from walking to dancing: engaging your core. It straightens your posture, pulls your stomach in, and helps you maintain balance to get rid of those pesky wobbles in stilettos.
You might be surprised to learn that no matter how amazing your heels are, most people will look immediately at your face when you enter a room. And many people, unbeknownst to them, hold tension in their facial expressions.
"You can walk as fiercely as possible," Kuo tells HuffPost. "But people might look at your face and think you have to go to the bathroom."
Well, that's never a good look. Keep a mind's eye on your face as you walk about in heels; even if your feet hurt, you feel uncomfortable, or you have no idea what you're doing, put on a face like you do. Fake it 'til you make it, as they say.
What do you think of these tricks for doing anything in heels? Sound off in the comments below!