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Old 04-01-2017, 08:18 AM
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I am in my 60s, had lifelong foot issues and always wore flats (even orthotics at one time). Several years ago I started belly dancing (which is done barefoot) and going barefoot more. I do a lot of exercise on the balls of my feet. I now take tap and ballroom dancing (more training on the balls) and I can actually comfortably wear heels now, although they need to stay on the low side.

I recommend a shaped "Cuban" heel, a kitten heel, or a shaped one inch like you see on ballroom shoes. Those are pretty comfortable.

Good luck!
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Old 04-01-2017, 07:32 PM
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Played 'finishing school' as tween kid. Could run the stairs with Mom's high heals on and phone book on head.... ; )

Can still run fine in heals at 40 plus wear 5" platforms over uneven streets in bar district until too sloshy.
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:54 PM
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start with a smaller wider heel or even a full on wedge and work your way up to thinner and taller. It just takes practice. If you are wobbly try ones with straps around the ankles or boots/ankle booties for more support first.
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Old 04-03-2017, 11:11 AM
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Start with the heels first when you land and let the rest of your feet follow.
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Old 04-06-2017, 05:57 AM
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Its just like walking in regular shoes; heel toe heel toe (just not on stairs) and take shorter steps.
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Old 04-07-2017, 02:35 PM
Location: Canoga Park, CA
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I used to LOVE wearing heels. I don't think there was anything special in the way I walked, however. I never did the toe first thing. The only time I had problems walking was when I tried on a pair of - I guess they were stilettos. Way too wobbly. As long as the base of the heel was the size of a penny or a nickel - I never had a problem. I can only wear flats now and always feel as though I'm wearing clown shoes. (I never could wear a backless shoe, though - then I'd walk right out of them.)

I also should mention the height. 2 1/2" heels worked. May 3". Above that - forget it.
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Old 04-07-2017, 03:56 PM
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Christie Brinkley wears metatarsal pads to cushion the balls of her feet. Aerosoles and some other brands use technology to slightly shift your weight to your heels instead of ball of feet so that removes some pressure. Wear wider heels to prevent side to side wobble. I find strappy sandals (like gladiator) keep the shoes on my feet. Otherwise ankle straps. Sandals are also more comfortable because your toes are squished when pushed forward. I seldom wear heels simply because I am tall and I like to walk fast.

I also replace the heel tips if it is a hard plastic since that is slippery on noncarpeted surfaces. I have shoemaker replace them with a softer rubber. Might cost $15-20.
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