Many little girls dream of the day they'll be able to prance about in fancy dresses and those oh-so-sophisticated high-heeled shoes. However, high heels are harder to negotiate than they look. Fortunately, with some practice, walking in heels can become second nature.
Choose properly fitted, comfortable shoes with a heel no higher than 2 inches. Avoid trying to learn to walk in heels in backless shoes or flimsy pumps with extremely high heels.
Put the shoes on in a room with a hard but non-slippery floor and allow yourself to become accustomed to their height and feel. Wear nylons if the heels are the type best worn with hosiery.
Take a few small steps forward, keeping your legs straight and close together. As each foot comes down, the heel of the shoe should strike the ground first with the shoe's toe following quickly after. The foot's weight, however, should be carried more by the ball of the foot than the heel when the shoe is on the ground. It will feel at first as if you are walking on tiptoes.
Practice walking back and forth across the room, focusing on stepping with a shorter stride than your normal, flat shoe stride. Keep your posture straight with your shoulders back and your head up.
Wear the shoes when walking across different surfaces, such as carpet, outdoor concrete and wooden floors.
Practice walking up and down stairs. When walking up stairs, place the ball of the foot only on each step. When walking down stairs, place the entire shoe firmly on each step. Always hold the railing.
Don't try to move up to shoes with very high heels until you've mastered the basics of walking in lower heels.