For me, the days of high heels are but a fond and fashionable memory.Β Once I wore them with naive indifference – I drove in 5 inch heels, ran across grass in platform soles and could walk cobblestones in 6 inches with the greatest of confidence. There was no surface or situation left unstrutted.

Then I had children, and with them came total unbalance and a loss of confidence. All of a sudden ballet flats were sexy.

Today, the unwelcome occasion or situation arises where ballets and Birkenstocks just aren’t appropriate. Reluctantly, I dust off my 5 inch heels and wobble around in them for awhile. Or worse, a pair of seriously expensive and exquisite 6 inchers catch my eye, and decide to accompany me home.

To see perfect and unworn high heels in my wardrobe seems akin to shoe-abuse and makes me feel old. Why not get back in the saddle and give them a little pavement-time? ThenΒ I saw this video and remembered why…

There is nothing more humiliating than a tumble taken in extremely tall shoes. Worse though is the awkward and uncomfortable gait of a woman not 100% confident in her Choos.

If you are keen to reacquaint yourself with anything over a 5mm heel, I suggest you start slowly. Shun the dreaded 6 and break yourself in with a 1.5 – 3 inch heel. Preferably something on the chunky-side – think Audrey meets QEII. Sensible but chic.

Something tall but a little sensible -  from top, Chloe, Valentino, Lanvin. Main picture Nicholas Kirkwood. All from net-a-porter

Something tall but a little sensible – from top, Chloe, Valentino, Lanvin. Main picture Nicholas Kirkwood. All from net-a-porter

If these don’t bring sexy back to your wardrobe, progress to a mid-heel, or a 4 incher. Glammy and leg-lengthening, they require some practice and a lot of traction (a good skid along the bitumen should rough them up nicely). If this is the highest you ever go, you are to be congratulated. They definitely do the trick.

For beginners or re-starters from top left hand corner: Christian Louboutin, Givenchy, Sophia Webster, Miu Miu. All from net-a-porter

For beginners or re-starters from top left hand corner: Christian Louboutin, Givenchy, Sophia Webster, Miu Miu. All from net-a-porter

Once your confidence is up, you may start gravitating towards something just a little taller. A 5 inch heel is do-able provided there is no platform sole (aka ankle-snapper).

For the well-practised, from the top Jimmy Choo, Zara, Fendi. Main picture: Nicholas Kirkwood from net-a-porter

For the well-practised, from the top Jimmy Choo, Zara, Fendi. Main picture: Nicholas Kirkwood from net-a-porter

For the stalwart fashion chick and the woman who refuses to succumb to Modern Mother-humdrum, the 6 inch heel is where it is at. The super-confident may even opt for the dreaded ankle snapper with an upturned tip. This is the greatest challenge of all. It looks sexy but will tip you forward, from a tremendous height – you have been warned.

For the fearless, clockwise from top left hand corner YSL, Charlotte Olympia wedges, Charlotte Olympia platform stilettos, Giuseppe Zanotti. All from net-a-porter

For the fearless, clockwise from top left hand corner YSL, Charlotte Olympia wedges, Charlotte Olympia platform stilettos, Giuseppe Zanotti. All from net-a-porter

Now that you have reacquainted yourself with extra leg inches, it is about walking with confidence; not like you have a disability.

To do your heels justice, you must follow my simpleΒ 3 stepΒ (pardon the pun) plan.

1. Always stand-up straight, shoulders back with chest up-and-out; not in a pornographic fashion though. Think elegant and bird-like.

2. Engage your lower abs, if you can locate. Suck them in and feel your back straighten up beautifully.

3. Relax through your hips, thighs and knees. This will prevent you walking like a robot and give you a better flow-through as you glide along in said-heels.

Practice at home before subjecting strangers to your new walk. As always, your family will give you honest feedback on how you look. Soon enough, you will feel confident, sexy and have something else to spend the grocery money on. You will be walking uneven pavements, riding a bike, taking a swing…. Β Go you sexy mother!

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