Nine expert tips for walking in crazy heels, straight from fashion industry pros

While New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2014 shows as a whole had a serious shortage of high heels, a number of major designers included impressively towering shoes amidst the abundance of flats. On the catwalk, Erin Fetherston’s dainty designs paired nicely with clear-sided pumps, while Marchesa featured intricate, strappy sandals. The season’s street style stars and front row celebrities proved that the craziest—and at times, most uncomfortable—high heels are far from dead. While we’ll happily slip into a beautiful pair of towering heels any day, we figured we could use a few tips from those in the fashion business who know the shoes best.

Hanne Gaby Odiele
“You need to have confidence and keep your head straight.”

Bella Thorne
Walking up the stairs can be really hard, so what helps is kicking up your dress with your feet. My heel always gets stuck on the bottom of the staircase, so I always have to kick up every time. Kick them up, so they don’t get stuck!”

Charlie Paille
“Don’t think about anything! Be confident and just go for it. Standing up straight is everything. No slouching.”

AnnaSophia Robb
“Practice makes perfect, and focus on your core. Try not to think about it. And wear shoes that fit—that’s the absolute most important thing you can do.”

Malaika Firth
“I try to fly! Stand up straight and walk softly.”

Anmari Botha
“Find a shoe that fits and then practice a lot!”

Gina Torres
“I would say keep your weight up. Think up, rise up, keep your posture going—it’s very important. You don’t want to sink into your knees, you don’t want to sink into your feet. And keep moving—don’t think about it!”

Kristine Zandmane
“Make sure you start off with a straight back. When you take the first step make sure the other leg behind you is very straight so your legs make a ‘V’ shape. Then, swing your hips!”

 

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February 19, 2014. Feburary.

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