How to Walk in High Heel Boots

by Michelle Elizabeth ; Updated September 28, 2017

High-heeled shoes are often considered classy and sophisticated, but may not match the sex appeal of high-heeled boots. High-heeled boots give ankle and leg support while walking that high-heeled shoes don't provide, making them easier to walk in. High-heeled boots are also great for winter weather, as they don't leave any part of your feet or ankles exposed, keeping your feet warm.

Put the boots on and stand up. Center weight on your heel and the ball of your foot. If this is the first time you have worn heels, take a few seconds to get accustomed to the feeling of wearing them and make sure you have your balance. Move around in them a little while still standing in the same place.

Take a few steps, slowly. Pick up your feet when you walk, keep feet pointed forward and walk heel-toe-heel-toe. You should notice that your posture is straighter.

Walk on different surfaces such as carpeting, tile, wood and cement sidewalks. Before you wear your boots out, practice walking in them around the house or when doing tasks such as getting the mail. If your usual walk involves big strides, take smaller steps.

Go up and down stairs. Walking down, bend your knees and put your heel and toe on each stair at the same time, rather than walking heel-toe-heel-toe. Ensure that your entire foot is on the stair. If the stairs are small, turn and walk down at a 45-degree angle. Use the railing to ensure that you have your balance. When you walk back up stairs, put your weight on the ball of your foot and again, making sure your entire foot is on each step.


  • Avoid grated surfaces, grass and mud, as boot heels can get stuck. If you must walk on them, walk on the ball of your foot, and avoid letting the heel touch the ground.

    If you have never worn any type of heel, boot or shoe, get a boot with a shorter or thicker heel at first. Or, try wearing a wedge-heel and move toward stilettos.

    If you want to wear the boots dancing, practice dancing in them before you go out, on a surface similar to where you are going, if possible.

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Michelle Elizabeth began her writing career at her college newspaper in 2005. She has written for several other publications online and in print. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism and currently is working on getting a Master of Library and Information Science. Elizabeth has written about a broad range of topics including climate change, personal finances and music.