For the past month, I’ve attempted wearing high heels five times a week. I’d be lying if I said I did this challenge for a straight month since I took a break when I was feeling sick in early September. However, I did spend at least two and a half weeks giving the challenge a good ol’ college try.
5 Lessons Only High Heels Can Teach
1. Be comfortable with being taller. Since I’m 5’5″, I’m used to being as tall as or shorter than my peers and co-workers. So when my heels made me taller, I felt awkward. That was something I had to get over. If you can learn this lesson, you will always be comfortable in heels.
2. Walk from your hips. During the first few days of my experiment, I found that my knees and ankles were doing most of the walking, which lead to the proverbial “pounding of the pavement.” If you walk like this, high heels will never be comfortable. Instead, imagine the motions of your walk coming from your hips instead of from your knees. This will help you look less like you’re stomping around, and it will also be more comfortable since it’s easier on your joints.
3. People will notice your heels. Construction workers, co-workers, your partner. Try to take feedback, both good and bad, you get with a grain of salt. Obviously dealing with street harassment is a topic too big to cover at this moment, so we’ll get to that another day.
4. Wearing heels will hurt, but eventually it will be OK. Blisters, peeling skin, broken nails. All side effects of breaking in your feet for heels. After a week, your feet will probably toughen up and it will be better.
5. Hells will make you appreciate your flats. I used to throw on flats and sneakers without a second thought. Once I started wearing heels, I actually got more excited about putting on my flats and appreciated them more.
What Are Your Thoughts on Heels?
Love ‘em? Leave ‘em? What do you think about them? Any tips for me or others wearing heels? Share your advice!