I’ve written before about the pair of heeled boots I own. I love them. And they make my legs look great, too. But I’ve decided to upgrade to expert mode: I now own a pair of 4″ spike heels, and learning what to do with these things attached to my feet is quite an education.

First I was worried that I might break them. I’m 6’3″ tall, and I weigh right around 200 pounds. While I’m not really big—and some might even call me lanky—200 still seems like a lot to put on these little points.

Several people have reassured me, however, that they’re built to take that.

Second, though, is the fact that I’m not quite sure how to walk in them. In a very basic sense: which part should hit the ground first? I’m assuming it’s more or less simultaneous, though I haven’t managed that without having a bent leg throughout quite yet.

This is a lot to learn. But my legs look even better in this pair, so I’m saying it’s worth it.