How to Walk with Elegance: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Walk with Elegance: 15 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Walk with Elegance: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

Walking elegantly takes practice, but you can do it by following a few simple steps. Pay close attention to your posture and do your best to display confident body language. If you want to do it all in high heels, choose the right shoes for you that make your walk more natural.


Part 1 of 3: Walking with Perfect Posture

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Step 1. Walk with your head held high

The first step in mastering the walking posture is to always keep your head in its natural position, rather than leaning forward or up. Always keep your chin parallel to the floor.

Also pay attention not to project your head forward, which happens with those who walk in high heels. If you notice yourself doing this, try leaning your body back a little and aligning your head with your spine

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Step 2. Pay attention to your shoulders

Try projecting them downwards and backwards. Avoid hunching over or lifting them too high towards your ears, even when standing still.

If you're not sure what to do with your shoulders, stand against a wall. Project them backwards until they touch the wall, but not to the point where you have to remove the support column

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Step 3. Keep your spine straight

If you overdo it, you may end up arching that part of your body. This posture is not ideal either; relax a little! Keep your spine as straight as possible, with no obvious curves in the shoulders or lower back.

The easiest way to see if your spine is straight is to look in a full-length mirror. Ideally, create a straight line from the neck to the tailbone. If you're arching your back, you'll probably see that your butt is jutting backwards

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Step 4. Don't forget your legs

They are the foundation of your posture; thus, they must be in the correct position when you are walking. The right posture not only gives a more elegant look, but also helps to avoid problems and pain in the area. For this, the distance between your feet must be the same in relation to your shoulders. Finally, avoid locking your knees.

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Step 5. Use your abdominal muscles

They are very important to maintain correct posture. Try to contract your belly whenever you walk.

If your abdominal muscles aren't as strong, start exercising to strengthen them and improve your posture

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Step 6. Train

To improve your posture while walking, you'll have to spend a lot of time practicing. If possible, film yourself as you walk and then watch the video carefully to see where you can improve.

You can also balance a book on your head to train your posture. The more you practice, the easier and more natural the movement will become

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Step 7. Copy people

In addition to always paying attention to your own posture, study the movements of others. If you see someone who has an ideal walk, try to learn as much as possible by observation.

Part 2 of 3: Walking with Confidence

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Step 1. Look straight ahead when walking

You don't have to face everyone, but don't be afraid to make a little eye contact. Even if your posture is perfect, you won't look at all elegant if you always look at the floor.

If you like, try to imagine a straight line on the floor and focus your attention on a distant point. This way, you walk more straight and look like you're looking straight ahead, without having to worry about eye contact

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Step 2. Watch your hands

Nothing spoils an elegant walk more than not knowing what to do with your hands. When walking, leave your arms at your sides and move them just a little. Do not cross them, put your hands in your pockets, or touch your hair and clothes. All of this can leave you looking anxious and uncomfortable.

  • Find a natural position for your arms. You don't need to shake them hard or make them rigid like a robot.
  • If you can't get your arms to your sides without looking like a robot, walk with a clutch. That way your hands will be more useful.
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Step 3. Walk without haste

Sudden movements can make you feel nervous and insecure, while calm, deliberate movements can be elegant and confident.

  • Pay even more attention to the speed of your walk if you're anxious. It's easy to press the step without realizing it. The more relaxed you are with your movements, the more natural your walk will be.
  • Try to walk calmly, but not artificially.
  • If you're wearing high heels, it's even more important to take it easy on your walk. Your natural stride is a little shorter with this type of shoe; so, if you're in a hurry, you'll become more clumsy and unbalanced.
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Step 4. Smile as you walk

You don't need to put on an artificial smile all the time, but having a pleasant expression on your face will add a more confident and elegant look to your walk.

Part 3 of 3: Choosing the right walking shoes

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Step 1. Wear the right size shoes

If they are too loose it will be difficult to walk; if they are too tight, you will feel so much pain that your walk will be very awkward. Take the time to try on the shoes in stores to see if they are the perfect size.

If the shoes are a little baggy, buy orthotics to pad the inside and avoid friction

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Step 2. Choose the right heels

High heel shoes come in many sizes and shapes. To walk with elegance, choose the ideal pair for you.

  • Start with a smaller jump and gradually work your way up to bigger ones. Remember that not everyone can balance on such high heels - those with smaller feet, for example.
  • Stiletto heel shoes are much more complicated; so buy something bigger if you're not used to it.
  • If your ankles get loose after wearing high heels, buy shoes with straps.
  • Scarpin shoes are usually less comfortable than other options.
  • Do not buy platform heels unless you are used to walking in high heels.
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Step 3. Practice walking with high heels

Walking in high heels is a bit difficult, and a lot of women end up being a pain when they're not used to it. Before going public with this type of footwear, take the time to train at home. Follow these tips:

  • Always put your heel on the floor first when taking a step.
  • Take smaller steps than you would if you had flatbeds or the like.
  • Pay attention to smooth or uneven surfaces that could catch the heel.
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Step 4. Wear comfortable shoes

You can walk elegantly in almost any type of footwear, so don't feel obligated to wear high heels. If you prefer flats and the like, try to improve your posture and body language with them - and you'll look just as elegant.

Avoid walking in flip flops, as they are very noisy, disturb your posture and can cause you to trip - which is not at all elegant


  • Tie the shoelaces tightly so you don't trip over them.
  • Practice leads to perfection. Do not give up!
  • Try not to make noise while walking. If you can't help it, maybe the heel is too high for you.
  • Don't try to imitate a model on a daily basis, as if you were on a runway. This type of walk is elegant in certain situations, but it looks strange in the school hallway or at the market, for example.
  • Always pay attention to the path ahead.
  • Don't overdo your walk: don't rock your hips too much.

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