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Shoes We Love for Fall

From jewel tones and metallics to booties and stacked heels, here are shoes to fall for this fall.

Christian Louboutin Lady Peep-Toe Spikes in Moroccan red, Vera Wang Lavender open-toe Royce suede bootie with grosgrain bow, and Manolo Blahnik embellished black satin Swan pump. Photograph by Michael Kraus.
Yun Chong. Photograph by Vithaya Photography.

Walk Like a Model

How do professional models walk down fashion-show runways in six-inch heels without falling on their faces?

“It’s about balance and finding your center,” says Yun Chong, who has been modeling for more than 20 years. “I use my abdomen. If you have a high heel, you’ll be pivoted forward. You need to lean back and find that center of balance. That’s why a lot of models take yoga.”

Another key, says Chong: “You have to have the right attitude. If you stand up in a pair of heels and say, ‘I can’t do this—they’re too high,’ then it’s like anything else in life. It’s all about putting one foot in front of the other.”

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Executive Editor

Sherri Dalphonse joined Washingtonian in 1986. She is the editor in charge of such consumer topics as travel, fitness, health, finance, and beauty, as well as the editor who handles such cover stories as Great Places to Work, Best of Washington, Day Trips, Hidden Gems, Top Doctors, and Great Small Towns. She lives in DC.