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Unread 10-05-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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High heels for dummies

I am considering maybe in the future wearing a cosplay that involves high heeled shoes, but the issue is that I have never worn stillettos, and feel nervous when in heels more that 2'' high. Does anyone have suggestions for how to learn to walk in high heels/feel comfortable in them/ not be afraid that you are going to trip and fall down a flight of stairs?
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Unread 10-05-2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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For me, the biggest thing is breaking them in. A lot. Wear them around the house whenever you can to get used to it. If you find that your shoes give you blisters, then before you wear them at the convention, put bandaids whereve it rubs to add that padding (the high heels I have to wear for choir really hurt my pinky toe, so I just wrap that toe in a bandaid before the concert and I'm fine).

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Unread 10-05-2012, 10:57 AM   #3
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Get wider heeled high heels and gel insoles. They will make them more comfortable and with wide heels less likely to fall. Believe me I've been wearing them for 4 years every Sunday to church where there is a small flight of stairs. Never have fallen yet..
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Unread 10-05-2012, 12:29 PM   #4
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I love high heels for both cosplay and my regular clothing. Get some insoles made for heels and if you are wear sandals, get the little pads that go right under the toes and the ball of the foot. Break them in and get yourself used to wearing the heels. Your balance is much different in heels, so you need to learn to fix your center of gravity (I've seen so many girls not used to heels wearing them and constantly leaning forward and looking like they are going to fall) so that you can stand straight. Band-aids are a good idea if your shoes rub. You can also get moleskin that has an adhesive backing and cut strips to put in your shoes on parts that would rub. Lastly, make sure to either scuff the bottom or get those little adhesive grippers that go on the bottom of the shoe. Most heels don't have gripper bottoms and are very slick, so that can make you fall quite easily even if you are used to walking in heels.
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Unread 10-05-2012, 12:32 PM   #5
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I remember a video from Broadway dancers that stated you need to rely on your core muscles (abs and lower back) to hold you up, not the shoes.
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Unread 10-05-2012, 12:36 PM   #6
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I am considering maybe in the future wearing a cosplay that involves high heeled shoes, but the issue is that I have never worn stillettos, and feel nervous when in heels more that 2'' high. Does anyone have suggestions for how to learn to walk in high heels/feel comfortable in them/ not be afraid that you are going to trip and fall down a flight of stairs?
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Wear the shoes everywhere you go. Get used to walking in them, and just break them in. You'll find once it does come time to wear the heels, you'll be fine.
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I remember a video from Broadway dancers that stated you need to rely on your core muscles (abs and lower back) to hold you up, not the shoes.
This. I've been taking ballet for a year and since it trains your balance with your core and back, I have ZERO trouble walking in heels- I can even run a short sprint in three-inch stilletos. Before it was wobble, wobble, trip, fall. You really need to stand up with all your muscles being used in heels- letting all your weight fall heavily on a little point is a recipe for disaster. As well, try to evenly distribute your weight in your feet, which goes with the "don't just thud down all your body weight into your heel".
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Unread 10-05-2012, 03:15 PM   #9
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Heels are great. I don't walk in anything under 3" All you have to do is just get use to it. Walk around them as much as possible. The could hurt at first but the more you wear them the better it will be. Make sure you get ones that fit nicely. If it does not fit right, you will be uncomfortable since your foot will be not positioned right in the heel. Good starters are when you walk down the stairs, make sure you walk from toe to heel. This way, you will make sure you have nice footing before you plant it! After you get the hang of it walking down stairs will come naturally. If you are regularly walking, walk from heel to toe.This will come naturally to after a while.
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Unread 10-07-2012, 01:17 PM   #10
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You are going to want to get a perfect size so that may mean trying on many different heels to get a good fit. If they are a little too big it will be nearly impossible to walk in them without falling but if they are too small it will be painful to go to an 8 hour con . So once you find the right pair just walk walk walk walk and walk around somemore whenever you get the chance to. I don't think there's an easy way to learn how to walk in them besides practice. Lastly, just be confident when you wear them. If you hesitate it'll look funny. I wear heels all the time for parties and what not so it was a matter of just getting use to the feel. Good luck and I hope to see the pictures of your cosplay!
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Unread 10-07-2012, 03:36 PM   #11
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This video may seem a little silly but it was surprisingly very helpful! Hope it helps!
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