timberland sandles How we rose to the challenge of wearing high heels
How we rose to the challenge of wearing high heelsTOTTERING fashionistas are hot footing it to masterclasses in how to walk in high heels.09:27, 9 JUL 2012Updated13:18, 25 JUL 2012Style expert Georgie Nicholson, of luxury shoe retailer Shhh. in Castle Street, Edinburgh, says many women lack the confidence to step out in stilettos.
So the store, named this year’s Scottish Fashion Awards Scottish Retailer of the Year, is teaching them how to walk tall.
Georgie, 33, said: “There’s nothing worse than seeing ladies walking home after a night out, carrying their shoes because they can’t walk in them.
“But if you buy shoes that fit well and take the time to learn how to walk confidently, then you should be able to wear your high heels all day and all night.”
It could even be good for you. Research by Warwick University suggests regular dancing in heels may prevent arthritic knees, putting the boot into previous theories that heels led to joint problems.
Here, Angela Primrose and her daughter Claire reveal how the Shhh. classes helped them walk tall.
Angela Primrose, 46
An office worker in a plumbing firm, from Cowdenbeath, Fife
ANGELA had her first heels horror at 19 when she stepped from a train and one of her shoes slipped off and fell on to the track.
She said: “They were court style high heels and obviously didn’t fit properly.
“I remember standing on the platform in one shoe, wondering what I was going to do. There were no shoe shops nearby and I was thinking about how far I was going to have to walk in my bare feet.”
Thankfully, a station guard spotted what happened and told the driver to move the train, so he could retrieve her shoe.
Angela said: “From that day I have always tried to make sure my heels fit.
“There’s nothing worse than beautiful shoes that you will never wear more than once or twice because they are just not comfortable.
“When buying heels I now know you can only walk well if they fit you well.”
Claire Primrose, 17
Beauty therapist, of Cowdenbeath, Fife
As a little girl, Claire Primrose loved tottering around the house in her mum’s high heeled shoes.
But she was gutted when she was finally old enough to buy her own pair of heels and found she still tottered in them.
Claire said: “I love shoes and I always wear heels when I go out, but sadly I was never able to walk well in them.