dsquared2pump2My new six-inch Dsquared2 pumps. 

At around 6:30 this morning I rolled out of bed—and instead of putting on my comfy sheepskin-lined slippers—I slipped into my new six-inch heels from DSquared2. Since I lost two-thirds of the meniscus in my right knee, let’s just say I’ve lost a little confidence that my pins can withstand that kind of vertiginous pressure. But I have to be on my game tonight when I join
Dan and Dean at the inaugural
Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards at the Royal York Hotel. The famous Toronto-born designer twins are up for the Outstanding Achievement Award as well as the International Canadian Designer of the Year honour. I met them last night to be fitted for a dress that I’ll be wearing to the awards. It’s gorgeous—and definitely a little more body con then my usual biomorphic silhouette. “You put on – what do they call it –
Spanx and you’ll look like a
sirena,” Valentina, the twin’s PR manager said to me when I emerged feeling a little self conscious. “
Sirena, how do you say that in English?” she asked. “A mermaid,” smiled Luca, the charming stylist who then gently lifted my foot into the suede stilts.

Read on to discover the five "how to walk in heels" pointers  that I’ve gleaned from models, stylish women and a few of my friends who do a little drag on the side.