Pumps are very elegant and feminine shoes… for those who know how to walk in them. Because walking in heels is not easy for everyone. Imbalance, unnatural gait, slippery feet, discomfort… are all mishaps that can occur when you are not used to wearing this type of shoe. However, it is possible to feel comfortable in beautiful pumps. How to walk well in pumps? Here are the tips.
The right size
First of all, you need to find the right size. In pumps that are too wide, your feet will not be sufficiently supported, but if they are too tight, they will be uncomfortable. In either case, they won’t give you a confident, light and feminine gait! Everything you want from a pair of shoes, especially if you choose stylish pumps!
To avoid these problems, the shoes should fit snugly on the feet, while still allowing the toes to move. However, the heel should be well supported to avoid rubbing, which can lead to painful blisters.
The height of the heels
Pumps are mounted on stiletto heels of varying heights.
If you want to take your first steps in pumps, it is best to choose small, more stable heels. Those who are used to high heels will also find shoes to suit their feet, as there are several heel sizes on pumps.
Some models have flat heels, from 1 to 3 cm. Medium heels of 4 to 6 cm give a nice curve to the figure. High heels, from 7 to 9 cm, to very high heels, over 9 cm, are also available. The latter is more suitable for those who are already used to walking in pumps.
The shoe’s finishings
The finish of the shoe is not only aesthetic. They can play a real role in the comfort of the shoe. This is essential if you are to continue to enjoy wearing pumps.
Shoes can be made of a variety of materials. Some materials are more perspiration-friendly than others. Sweat can cause the foot to slip inside and cause chafing. It is better to choose breathable materials.
It is also better to choose soft shoes, which are less restrictive for the feet. So, if you see some pretty patent pumps in the shop window, make sure they are soft and comfortable.
Adding insoles to your pumps can also help to increase comfort when walking. They can help support the foot better, as well as providing other properties: freshness, anti-odour, etc.
A perfect walk with pumps
Once you’ve found the pretty pair of heels you’ve been longing for, both beautiful and comfortable, you’ll need to learn how to walk in them. Posture, rhythm… the secret of a gait adapted to the wearing of pumps.
Finding the right posture
The first step to walking in pumps is to find your balance. It’s all about posture. It is best to keep your back straight. To do this, it is often necessary to try to grow taller, by throwing the shoulders back, without exaggerating the arch. It is better to avoid contracting your muscles, so as not to feel any muscular tension.
As you wear pumps, the position will become more natural. Once the balance is found and mastered, it is time to take your first steps in pumps.
Small, well-paced steps
Wearing pumps stretches the figure and makes you look good. When walking in such shoes, taking small steps is more elegant. It also allows you to move in rhythm. To walk straight, imagining a line drawn on your feet is the best solution.
Once you are comfortable in your shoes, you can step forward with confidence. But always keep your legs together.
Stand on your feet
Perched on high heels, the support is not the same as with flat shoes. When wearing a pump, you first put your heel down and then distribute your body weight over the front of your foot and your toes.
When walking on the stairs, you also use your toes to support yourself, especially if the steps are too short to accommodate the entire shoe.
To avoid slipping, simply place a non-slip sole under the shoe at the end and that’s it
First steps with pumps: some tips
Few of us have mastered the art of walking in pumps spontaneously. Several attempts are often necessary. To begin and gain confidence, the ideal is to start practising at home, at your own pace.
Learning on a flat, clean surface
We recommend that you learn to walk in pumps on a hard, flat, open surface, the one that is most easily walked on. Once you have mastered the exercise, it is time to try walking around objects, furniture, etc.
Change your shoes regularly
For your first time and even afterwards with new pumps, keeping them on for a whole day is not necessarily a good idea. It’s safer to start by wearing them for only a few hours. If you need to go out all day, we suggest you slip a pair of ballet flats into your bag so you can rest your feet, drive, and be comfortable when your feet are hidden under a desk…
As beautiful as they are, alternating your favourite pumps with other types of shoes is a good thing. Because the support points are not the same, the feet are put under different pressure and can find some rest.
Beware also of damaged pumps, which increase pain in the front of the foot, particularly metatarsalgia. The soles and heels are parts of the shoe that wear out quickly. It is important to take your shoes to a shoemaker for repair or to change them if they are too worn, as this greatly increases the risk of falls and foot pain.
Where to wear pumps?
The pump is a dress shoe, and the thin heel is not ideal for certain terrains. Rough, stony, gravelly, cobbled paths or even lawns are not the most suitable for walking on.
But in the city, at work, indoors, in the evening, pumps are the perfect shoe for the place and the occasion.
Glamorous, sexy, stylish, chic and feminine, there is no shortage of words to describe pumps. Many women dream about them and hesitate to buy them for fear of not knowing how to walk in them. However, with a little practice and a few tricks, pumps are very pleasant shoes to wear, which go with almost any outfit and make the silhouette and the walk graceful.