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Old 01-09-2019, 06:44 AM
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So this term at the studio I've been doing lyra at, they also do pole dancing, aerial sling (think giant stretchy fabric hammock you do tricks in - kinda like aerial yoga, but with more performance elements to it) and burlesque classes (the whole studio itself has a very pinup/boudoir kinda feel).
This term, I've opted to go for sling and burlesque (partially to help build up my grip strength for lyra).

Now, the choice of outfit for burlesque is basically "sexy lingerie + heels." (said heels need at least an ankle strap and are NOT the crazy stripper ones) The thing is though, is that I almost NEVER wear heels - I literally have one pair of shoes with a wedge heel and it's a low one at that. I am already just under 5'9" and basically tower over people in those wedges.

So...does anyone have any recommendations for heels? Or any advice?

(To clarify by crazy stripper heels, I mean these ones. The pole dancing students wear them, as do the students doing what can best be described as "lyra/sling mixed with exotic dancing" - I have no intention of doing either class, but the students who do said classes are crazy good)
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:43 AM
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As with any other skill, it takes practice. You will also need to build up the muscles in your legs and lower back as different ones are used from normal walking.

Question; are non-slip soles and heel tips an option? That usually helps as you're less likely to have a foot slide out from under you.

If you're not used to heels, build up to it. Try walking around the house in them for increasing periods of time.

Balance and posture are also important; shoulders back and chin up helps keep things on an even keel. Think of them as training for walking on stilts and you're not far off.

With regards to looking good while walking, don't peck at it; learn to stride, and if possible try to place your feet as if you're walking along a plank of wood 4 inches wide. This helps to prevent the Tina Turner effect (don't get me wrong, she was amazing, but walking in heels was not in her skill set).

Finally, look into some kind of insert to cushion the balls of your feet. They will feel like you've dipped them in acid if you don't take some kind of preventative action. A foot massage/bowl of hot water for soaking your feet in/ibuprofen may help afterwards as well.

Incidentally, I'm 4' 10.5" so heels were a big part of my clubbing years!
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:49 AM
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Re the "crazy stripper heels", I'm simultaneously amused and disturbed that their front-page offering for men (that moccasin with 2" soles) is titled "the Creeper". Also amused by the "STOMP-08"....

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Old 01-10-2019, 01:55 AM
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There are actually a few pairs on that site I'd have worn in my dancin' days.

There are also some seriously "guaranteed to break your tailbone" pairs on there.

Some seriously fugly stuff too.

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Old 01-10-2019, 04:35 AM
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Those stripper heels are horrible torture devices. How anyone walks in those without breaking something I do not know.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:21 AM
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I could feel my ankles snapping just by looking at them ...
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:42 PM
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You're going to have to walk in them before you should even attempt to dance in them. Otherwise you're going to injure yourself. Seriously.
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:02 AM
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Quote:
Quoth MoonCat View Post
Those stripper heels are horrible torture devices. How anyone walks in those without breaking something I do not know.
I have been wondering that myself. Especially with the thin-ass heel.

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You're going to have to walk in them before you should even attempt to dance in them. Otherwise you're going to injure yourself. Seriously.
I won't be walking in the stripper heels (let alone buying them ), but I will do this at home with the pair that I end up getting (which is looking increasingly like a pair of straight up character/chorus line shoes - this is an example)

Thanks for the advice everyone!
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