Solvitur Ambulando

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.

Dear Manolo,

How do you walk gracefully in a pair of beautiful high heels? I’ve never learned to walk in them because I always thought I was too tall until I started reading your column. But when I try to walk in them or even stand up in them, I resemble an ungainly water buffalo, and it is very hard to stay upright. Please help!

Thank you,


How does one get to the Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.

But in seriousness, the Manolo cannot enough recomend simply putting the shoes on the feets and striding out into the world, and doing this over and over again until the walking in the heels becomes the second nature.

However, if more guidance is needed, you may perhaps try walking like the native American scout, smoothly, heel-to-the-toe, while swinging the arms for balance and keeping the toes pointed to the front.

Start with the chunky heeled shoes for the balance and then move to the stilletos once you have mastered the basic stride.

Soon, with the practice you will be able to walk confidently in shoes like these beautiful open-toed pumps from the Giuseppe Zanoti.
I6208 from Giuseppe Zanotti    Manolo Likes!  Click!