I love the annual Fashion Weeks because there’s never a shortage of interesting trends and things to talk about and 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. 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.
To that end, Lucky Magazine asked for models’ and celebrities’ tried-and-true tips for how to walk in sky-high heels. Check the comments below for your go-to guide for getting around in stilettos, and you’ll be strutting it like a pro in no time. And yes, real girls need to practice too.
Hanne Gaby Odiele
“You need to have confidence and keep your head straight.
“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!”
“Don’t think about anything! Be confident and just go for it. Standing up straight is everything. No slouching.”
“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.”
“I try to fly! Stand up straight and walk softly.”
“Find a shoe that fits and then practice a lot!”
“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!”