Many ladies like to wear high heels for special occasions, but walking in high heels can be tricky, especially if the ground is uneven or the weather conditions are poor. If you’re a fan of stilettos, here are some helpful tips to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls and ensure you are able to walk tall.
- Plan ahead
If you’re going to a party, you’ve been invited to a wedding or you have an important business meeting, it’s a good idea to plan ahead to help you decide which shoes are suitable. If you know you’re going to have walk over cobbles or it’s raining or snowing heavily outside, it may be best to go for a smaller, thicker heel, rather than a sky-scraper stiletto to help you balance and lower the risk of a fall in a public place.
- Focus on heel height
The height of your heel can make a real difference to your ability to walk. Extremely high heels, of 5 inches or more, are very difficult to walk in and you’ll find it much easier to get where you need to go in a smaller heel. If you want to wear high heels but you’re not sure about certain parts of the path or wearing high heels for a prolonged period of time, why not take some flat shoes to change into with you?
- Practice makes perfect
If you’re used to wearing high heels, you’ll probably find that it becomes easier every time. If you’re not used to wearing heels, you may wonder how on earth people manage it when you put your shoes on for the first time and practice can make all the difference. When you get your shoes, practice walking up and down and you’ll soon notice a difference.
- Be wary of the conditions
The weather can make a massive difference to health and safety when it comes to wearing heels, so check the forecast and consider changing your choice of shoe if it’s wet or icy outside.
- Wear your shoes in
New shoes can be painful and uncomfortable, so take some time to wear your shoes in; if they feel tight, walk around in them while wearing a pair of socks and spend half an hour or so wearing them every evening in the run-up to the event.
Can I make a claim if I fall in a public place?
If you slip or trip in a public place or you’ve been injured after a public place fall, you may be able to claim public liability compensation; however, you must be able to prove that you were not at fault and you will need evidence to show that your slip and trip injuries were caused by somebody else’s negligence. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for no win, no fee* advice.