Ten things you shouldn’t do in platform heels

31 12 2012

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Over the past few years, the popularity of platform heels has skyrocketed thanks to the likes of Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian, who seem to spend their entire lives tottering around in six-inch heels. What’s more, they wear them while strutting confidently out of a meeting, carrying a huge designer handbag and – in the case of Mrs Beckham – clutching a very fashionably-dressed one-year-old toddler.

But even though these women seems to have super-human powers when it comes to walking in high heels, the rest of us find ourselves tripping over, stumbling up kerbs and massaging our aching feet at the end of the day.

So, if you’re planning to invest in a pair of platform heels, here’s a list of things you definitely shouldn’t try and do.

Go to the beach

Taking your new heels on holiday is fine, but they’re for bars only. Don’t try and strut along the beach in your fabulous heels because they elongate your legs, you’ll just sink into the sand and fall over – never a good look.

Bake a cake

Those pictures of 1950s housewives baking a cake in their heels are enough to make anyone think “I can do that!” But it’s not as easy as that – trying to balance in six-inch heels with a bag of flour in one hand and a box of eggs in the other won’t work.

Lounge around the house

Why does it seem like divas spend their entire days lying on chaise longs in beautiful satin robes and high-heeled slippers with feathers on the front? They don’t do this and neither should you, give your feet a rest at home and save your heels for partying.

Drop a killer dance routine

Britney Spears, Rihanna and Beyonce might be pros at performing killer dance routines on stage in high heels, but this takes a lot of practice. When you’re out with your friends remember you haven’t suddenly turned into an international pop star. Keep both feet on the ground and hopefully you won’t fall over if you do decide to have a bit of a boogie.

Fight off baddies

Why is it superheroes in films manage to round-kick bad guys and run through burning buildings? Catwoman did it and so did the Black Widow. Please remember these are fictional superheroes with otherworldly powers – you can’t do the same.

Carry your baby

Just because Victoria Beckham carries Harper in her arms while wearing platform heels it doesn’t mean you should to. You never know when you’re going to trip on a bit of uneven pavement or lose your balance. Plus, experiments show it’s not as easy as it looks. Use a pram – this will also give you something to lean on.

Take your dog for a walk

Controlling an excitable and boisterous canine is difficult at the best of times. Add a pair of killer heels into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for disaster, so make sure you wear sensible, flat shoes when you’re taking Fido for a walk.

Trampolining

Does this really need explaining? Sharp high heels and the bed of a trampoline just do not mix.

Change a light bulb

Changing a light bulb is a very simple task and you definitely don’t need your man to swoop in and save the day if a bulb blows in your house. But what you shouldn’t do is attempt DIY when you’re dressed up for a night out. If a bulb blows just as your friends arrive, take off your heels and put on sturdy, flat shoes, especially if you need to climb on something to reach the light fixture.

Model a Santa outfit

This Morning producer Ellie took part in a December episode of the popular ITV show and strutted her stuff on a mini catwalk to model a Santa outfit. She was holding her baby Poppy, who looked cute in a Christmas onesie. However, Ellie stumbled as she stepped off the catwalk – just goes to show even models aren’t perfect.

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