It is a common rite of passage for teenage girls to trade in their sneakers and flats and begin wearing high heeled shoes. While some take to wearing heels like a fish to water, other teenagers need a little bit of assistance. This article will offer parents some ideas on how to make the transition easier and help your teen feel and move comfortably.
Start With A Simple High Heel. While teenage girls may want to dive right in and start wearing six inch stilettos, this is not a good idea. Not only are the skinnier and higher the heel, the more difficult a time novices have moving comfortably and gracefully, starting with an extreme heel sets up the strong possibility of an injury occurring. If your teenager has developed an interest in wearing high heels, take her on a shoe shopping trip and give her several options. Have her choose from low chunky heels or a higher heel that is stacked. Both offer the girl who is just beginning to wear heels, a level of comfort that is just not present in high, spiky heels. Starting simple and moving towards the more daring heels gives her time to get well acquainted with walking in heels.
Help Her Develop Better Posture. One of the major keys in walking safely and gracefully in high heels is to maintain good posture. Unfortunately not all of us are born with perfect posture, and for many of us, it is a characteristic we must practice and be ever mindful of. Have your teenage daughter walk through the house wearing her new heels and then use your hands to demonstrate how her back should be straight, her stomach should be tucked in and her shoulders back. Once her posture is corrected, show her how to pay attention to how secure the heels feel and make the necessary adjustments.
Lightly Scuff The Bottoms Of The Shoes. The best advice my mother gave me when I started to wear high heels was to always scuff the bottoms before wearing for the first time. Slippery high heels are a recipe for disaster and even if the heels feel slippery, but you don’t actually have a wipe out, the unsteady feeling will affect your gait.
Make Practicing Walking In High Heels A Priority. The more time spent walking in high heels, the more confident the teenager will be. Do not wait until two days before a big event to remind your daughter to begin wearing the shoes. If your teen has decided that she will debut her new high heels at the Prom, and she just puts them on minutes before, she will spend the entire evening teetering and tottering about. Ample time practicing walking in heels will ensure that she has the whole thing down in time for the big affair.
Share A Disaster Story From Your Own Life. All of us have a horror story or two about a time we wore heels that were too high, too slippery or simply didn’t fit well. Sharing a good laugh about a time your face was reddened from a shoe disaster will make her feel more comfortable about her own possible gaffe and allow her to learn from your mistakes.