How To Walk In High Heels
We are all experts on how to wear our wellies when we muck out and care for our four-legged friends, but do we know how to wear and walk in high heels?
Whether you consider yourself part of the horsey fraternity, the eventing elite (or Elite Eventing!), a dressage diva or a hunting die hard, we all know someone that falls into the category of a typical horsey girl. One that has more breeches that skirts, one who’s make up bag comes out for balls and trot ups and one who more often than not has ménage surface under their nails rather than a French Polish.
Never fear your modern day Fairy Godmother is here…in the form of The Bit team at least.
Before you can even contemplate slipping on a pair of Jimmy Choo’s or Manolo Blahnik’s (we’ll get to choosing one of those later) you need to take care of those feet. Us riders spend £1000s on making sure our four legged friends are shod well, but how many of you take care of your own feet?
How to do a home pedicure…
How to put a heel on…
Grassroots heel wearers should opt for a sturdier stiletto and choose a pair with straps around the ankle and over the bridge to hold it in place. Courts are for the intermediate wearer and mules most definitely require 3*** skill and above.
When slipping into your new pumps, point the toes (think extended trot) and slide them into position. Toes should feel crunched and squeezed in – no pain no gain! Heels should be put on whilst seated, then, lean back, clench the haunches, thighs, and stomach muscles and slowly stand. At this point we are picturing a field of eventers resembling Bambi on ice!
For those that are not used to the elevated position, stand with feet hip width apart and sway from side to side to find the new centre of gravity. Calves and knees should feel engaged. Now circle the room and develop the wiggle.
Tricky surfaces you may encounter…
Carpet – carpet and heels is a bit like long grass and studs. You need to stab the heel in hard and deep to get some good grip
Pavements – do no visualise the cracks as grids or trot/canter poles. A neat little jump in this case will end up in a fall and most likely an early retirement.
Marble – Bambi on ice again springs to mine. Our advice take the arm of the closest eligible Batchelor or your plus one.
Dance floors – just strut your funky stuff, and if in doubt think Valegro!
And when you are hopping lame the day after a bit of ice clay and vet wrap or green ice gel!