How to walk in high heels

Moe Kelso, a model and the fashion expert on CBC’s TV talk show Steven and Chris, is a go-to pro for actresses who need tips on how to walk gracefully in heels. Here’s her method:

Stand tall (resist the urge to lean forward), pull in your midsection, and when you go to take a step, use your quadriceps. ‘Lift your quads so your toes are the last part of your foot to leave the floor. Step forward and land lightly on your heel, as if you’re putting your heel and toes down at the same time.’ And what is an appropriate height?

‘With practice, many women can get the knack of walking in two- to three-inch heels,’ she says.

A high heel is any heel that goes above 2 inches. But our feet pay a high price when we wear high heels. Heels that are 2 inches or higher propel the body forward, turning the simple act of walking into an awkward chore. They also point the foot downward, reducing its ability to flex and absorb shock. This leaves areas like the knees and hip joints to pick up the slack, which can aggravate and sometimes even cause arthritis.

But any woman who has experienced that terrific feeling of glamour while wearing a great pair of high heels will attest that there’s no substitute for these beauties. The benefits are also there: They give shape to your calf muscles and elongate the look of legs to make you appear longer and leaner. Wearing high heels may even improve your pelvic floor muscles.

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