So many of you email me directly, instead of posting on the site. If you’re unable to post, please email me and tell me if something is wrong on the blog. I don’t see what you see!!
Next, so many of you have emailed me regarding walking in the new 4 inch heels. I have decided to give this as my next new Seminar At Pacific Coast Living Conference, in San Francisco, CA July 10th 2010. If you’re in the area, bring your highest heels, and come join us! Herewith some suggestions ~ on walking~ from a recent email.
Hello Claudia. I love your question. I am filming a new DVD on how to walk in heels, due to the new 4-inch heel that is on the market. Yes, it is difficult to walk with the heel toe, when wearing the 4-inch heel.
Here is what I want you to do. Take smaller steps. Reach with your lead foot (the foot which has no weight on it)–and..here is the important change… instead of using the standard heel toe, heel toe technique–step out, place your weight on the ball of your foot.
Next, practice allowing very little weight going into your feet. If you need to use your arms for balance, then do so. As long as they are feminine. I use my shoulders, for better balance. See what works for you, to obtain balance. If you feel your shoulders while walking, you will find…they keep your center of gravity. Next, practice pointing your toe. Yes, it sounds silly, but many men do not know how to arch their foot while pointing their toe (such as a ballet point). This is very important, when wearing heels…and avoids the flat-foot walk (which most tg’s have). While watching television, simple stretch your toe and point it. You will find, as your arch stretches out, you can wear heels..while placing wait on the ball of your foot.
Many tg women, do better with a lower heel shoe, as they are more comfortable with placing their foot (flat foot gait) striking on the heel….since this is how they walk in “guy mode”. So, concentrate on arch and toe stretching, and balance while walking. Also, select a pair of heels, which has lots of strap support. The newer shoes, acutally have a platform glued ….to the OUTSIDE BOTTOM of the ball of the shoe, will be much easier WALK IN 4-5 INCH HEELS. Many of the higher quality 4 inch heels, will have a small platform glued to the outside of the ball of the shoe, just look for them when shopping! Next, do exercises, where you’re wearing no shoes. Stand flat, then lift up onto the balls of your feet–really stretching your foot, ankle and arch. Repeat 20 times. This is great for helping your ankle, to be stronger….to support your stride while wearing 4-5 inch high heels. Watch many tg women walk in heels, they just don’t have graceful steps. Walking flat foot… throws off their entire body–throwing their shoulders down..the way men walk…heavy shoulders and upper arms! Eeeek. Don’t do that. I am attempting to film this seminar, and will have it out in download for you soon. See in SF! I bet my heels will be higher than you’re heels~ Lets have fun!
Remember These Points:
Don’t look down, keep your head up.
Remember, chest and breasts lifted up, shoulders back, head back, and your chin parallel to the floor, while reaching out with the upper thigh and placing the ball of the foot directly down. By lifting all the weight UP and OUT of your waist while walking your hips free of any weight…therefore you are able to have a controlled hip swing– as they have only a small amount of weight in them. This allows you to control the degree of swing in your hips.
For all of you, who have purchased Vol 1, go back and review my walking segment. I demonstrate how to use a pole pointed down, in front of one foot…while tilting the pole downward with each step. This determines the correct “length” you should step…in relationship to the length of your arm reach. When your legs and arms are coordinated, you can change your walk to short casual steps, medium, or long. However, as of this printing, I have begun having my taller TG clients, simply cupp their hands slightly behind their hips, this allows them to not have a long arm swing with their gait, and it hides some of their hands. Try walking, with both arm/hand techniques–with bent elbow and some arm swing, and then try bent elbows with hands hanging loosly behind your hips. See which works better for you!
Let me know how your practice time goes!