I'm thinking it might be the latter. Here are some tips from none other than J. Alexander of America's Next Top Model to look good in those heels without destroying your feet:
- Buy heels half a size too big to allow a bit of swelling. When your feet hurt, your whole body hurts, and it shows on your face. The point is to look good in those shoes.
- In heels, much of your weight falls on the balls of your feet, which means that walking requires a whole different motion than you'd use when wearing flats. Aim for a heel and ball-toe motion--the heel and the ball hit the ground at the same time.
- Take longer steps than you normally would--it causes you to lean back a little bit, which looks very graceful.
- Drinking and heels do not mix. Every teetering, wobbly step will show the world that you've had one too many.
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