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Hey there!

My name’s Sandy Salierno and I’m a Canadian expat in Ireland. Thanks for visiting!

Relearning How To Walk in Heels: The Start

Relearning How To Walk in Heels: The Start

I am tall.

I’ve been aware of the fact that I was tall since I was about fifteen. I got my first part time job and I realized people thought I was older simply because of my height.

Over time I’ve got my fair share of, “how’s the weather up there?”’s, “oh my gosh. I would kill to be so tall.”’s, and - my most eye roll worthy- “you’re tall like a mode!”’s.

Tell me then, where do models buy their pants that go all the way to the ground?!

Because for every compliment I’ve had two comments about how my pant length looks weird. I’m lucky I like skinny jeans because they’re the only ones that I can get away with being a minute too short. Tops are always too short, dresses are a nightmare.

I have spent a large part of my life living with this “blessing”. In spite of everything, there was a point, many moons ago, where I was a heels girl.

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I’m talking serious heels too. I was either in fun heels on a night out or ballet flats.

It’s a wonder I didn’t start having foot issues sooner.

I’ve had to pare down a lot, I even had to give up ballet flats for a while. The good news? I’m feeling better and oh so much stronger. I’m ready.

Shout out to Monty in the background.

Shout out to Monty in the background.

The Game Plan

My main goal in everything I do is injury prevention. I need to adapt to both the feel of heels and the feel of myself in heels. When you’re tall and wear heels you demand a bit of attention and I’ve lost a lot of the confidence I had in my youth. It’s going to take a bit of emotional work to be okay with that.

It’s also going to take a lot of physical work. I’m going to incorporate heel friendly workouts into my routine. Luckily, a quick google has graced me with a plethora of high heel workouts.

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On the right we have my character heels. These are actual, proper dance shoes left over from my RAD exam days. On the left are an amazingly sparkly pair I bought at Lidl for like three euro.

The best way to walk in heels is to walk in heels. I’m aiming for a minimum of 30 minutes a day to start.

Wish me luck!

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