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How to draw high heels

Do you find it challenging to draw those high heels? Not after this tutorial! Follow the simple steps and find out how to give your fashion illustration fabulous footwear that will never be hidden again under long dresses. Here you will learn a simple method to draw side view shoes and for the front view poses use the new  “How to draw front view shoes” tutorial.
To save yourself the time you can also download this shoe template and create right over it!

 

Step 1: How big are the feet?

You have the unfinished leg and have marked the floor level already.
From the ground up draw a Centerline that’s a half-head long. If you are not drawing a whole figure, but just the foot it should be 4x the width of the leg just over the ankle. Use a small point to mark the middle of the line.

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Step 2: Important “2:35”

Imagine the clock. If the Centerline was it’s arms the time would be 12:30. Right?
Now draw a second guideline with the same length as the first and make it show 2:35. Close it within an ellipse as shown in the illustration.

Tip: This tutorial is about drawing really high stiletto heels. If you want some more flat, comfortable ones all you have to do is move the “clock arms” to 3:40 or whichever height you prefer.

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Step 3: Heel and Toes

In the upper corner of the ellipse draw a circle. Use the ellipse’s size as reference.
In the lower corner draw an ellipse that touches the Centerline. The 2:35 o‘clock line should pass through the middle of the ellipse. This is for the toes.
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Step 4: Draw the sole

Connecting the circle and the ellipse draw the foot arch. Note that under the heel the curve is straight.
Mark the place of the ankle. It’s situated closer to the Centerline than to leg’s outline.
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Step 5: Ankle and guidelines

Draw the ankle and join the heel with the leg. Under the heel draw a triangle that will be used as guideline for the spike heel.
Pull a horizontal line from the heel circle’s midway and mark the middle of the toes ellipse.
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Step 6: Draw the heel

Draw the heel. Use the little triangle to help you with the arch and make sure the heel is perpendicular to the ground surface.
Use the lines from step 5 to build the instep curve. The line pulled from the circle should mark the most bulging out section of the instep.
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Step 7: Shoe guidelines

Finish the toe box and draw new “clock arms” pointing 1:35 this time.
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Step 8: Shoe contours

Refine the shoe contour and don’t forget to make it wrap around the feet.
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This was the method I use to draw high heel shoes. With practice you will find these steps easier and easier.
Are you ready to experiment with different hight and forms? Open your sketch book and have fun!

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It doesn’t look right! Common mistakes:

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Error 1: The foot came too large for this leg. Always make sure that the length of the Centerline you draw in STEP 1 is 4x the widht of the leg just over the ankle.
Be careful with the heel and keep it parallel to the floor. Better make it slightly curved inwards than outwards.

 

82 comments

  1. I LOVE this website. i only discovered it a couple days ago but now it’s my favorite! I hope to design my own clothes when I grow up.

  2. Zovaya Baysinger

    That good

  3. Im from Nigeria and thiss has helped me a lot

  4. Helped me ALOT!! Love the website… My favorite.

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  6. Hi im from iran . I love your site now im 13 and i draw fashion alot when i grow up i would like to be a dress designer

  7. Solange Fernandez

    thank you soo much

  8. Really awesome things. Helps alot.

  9. What a brilliant site you have here. You found a niche and roked the hell out of it. THis is a one of kind gem, thanks for sharing your talents.

  10. Hey Maria how are you how’s life going i don’t know how to draw fashion people can you get me so tips on how to draw thank you have a good day

  11. hi ur designs are seriously cool….but this one…can u make it slightly easier…the degree part really confuses me….I refer to ur website only and my designs r gradually improving….

  12. Така не се рисува. Дори за мода. Така моделите падат на земята, защото нямат баланс. И аз рисувах така в 3-4ти клас. Повече, академично рисуване, иначе не стои добре. Дори когато се стилизира, трябват основни неща. Успех!

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  23. Great!!totally great! My portfolio is stuffed with sketches I learned here! :D :lol: :-) ;-) :P :roll:

  24. That is really good but….not exactly mine… :-*

  25. This really helped me draw heel high shoes because i like to draw anime and manga and i can never figure out how to draw the shoes. :lol: :-) ;-) :roll:

  26. I’m tel da truf I don’t no. How do dis

  27. I’m telling da truf but I can’t draw dis

  28. [quote name=”Maliha”]Can you please show us how to draw shoes showing from the front? :-)[/quote]

    Hi, The new “How to draw front view shoes” totorial you can find here:
    https://www.idrawfashion.com/accessories/shoes/143-how-to-draw-front-view-shoes
    Enjoy!

  29. thx that was reeeeeally helpful :lol: :D :-) 8)

  30. Can you please show us how to draw shoes showing from the front? :-)

  31. please show more examples!!! :oops:

  32. Thanks for this :-)

  33. I love this! My high heels have always been so lopsided and ugly . Thanks so much! Can you please make a tutorial on combat boots, sneakers, and sandals? :lol:

  34. Thanks a lot
    I really want to draw the shoes design .
    It really useful to me :roll:

  35. :lol: ganda

  36. Good job guyss…….too bad i SUCK :sad:

  37. You really helped my mom find shoes for her Graduation :lol: :lol: :lol:

  38. :-) Awesome!

  39. :lol: this is a good picture of a high heel :D

  40. now my sister is proud that i drew her a high heel :lol:

  41. Very nIce And good Explanation gOood job ;-) :-)

  42. Nice :lol:

  43. omg, thank you so much! i have a project for shoes in art and this made life so much easier!! :D

  44. That was awazing! But I was wondering if you could make a high heel tutorial but front view.
    Thanks!

  45. really cool and easy

  46. Amanda Migliavacca

    OMG, this is incredibly amazing!
    I loooove it! :roll:

  47. Can you do the tutorial from the front view?

  48. omg this was easy-beasy… the “HOW TO DRAW” makes it so much easier for me to draw/design my sketchers…

    :lol:

  49. love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)

  50. what are some websites i can color and make my fashio sketches more visual

  51. amazing :D :lol: :P

  52. :zzz :roll:

  53. Hi Teya! :-) Your drawing is amazing! Could you make a tutorial about flat shoes? I have some trouble drawing shoes :(. I would be really happy if you make one!^_^

  54. This eas awesome information. Thanks kitsten

  55. Why is the high heel so tall it looks uncomfortable.
    Even for when I draw to my art. :eek:

  56. [quote name=”Alexandra”]I discovered your site a few days ago and I really love it. Your tutorials are so useful but I have a question:
    What do you use to color your sketches?[/quote]
    Hey Alexandra :)
    I’ve promised to make a tutorial on this, sooo stay tuned :)
    It’s a combination of markers and pencils

  57. I discovered your site a few days ago and I really love it. Your tutorials are so useful but I have a question:
    What do you use to color your sketches?

  58. NICE!! :D I thought it was going to be hard, but turns out it wasn’t! It took me only 20 minutes to do this including the shading. Thanks 8)

  59. loved it!!!!! :-)

  60. OMG i love it. I can finally draw high heels, I have alawys loved shoes and have been able to walk in heels since i was able to walk and now i can draw them. THX :-) :lol: :roll: :eek:

  61. Ooh la la ! ;-) *thumbs up*

  62. LOOOOOOVE THIS TUTORIAL!!!!! :D

  63. :lol: HUGE HELP!!! Thanx so much!!!
    this has helped me soooo much!!!! :D

  64. Really helpful :lol: Thank you!!

  65. thanx for the help! x :lol: ;-)

  66. [quote name=”mayachii
    i really wish that one day i’ll be a highheel designer[/quote]

    I don’t want to be a high heel designer, but I want to be a fashion designer and I feel that this tutorial has helped me very much. I think I’m going to use this tutorial for my Arts Award workshop. Thank you so much :lol: .

  67. i loved it , its so amazing :oops: :P

    i really wish that one day i’ll be a highheel designer

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  69. this was so helpful. im working on a pair of figures i printed of ur site and this helped a lot

  70. :lol: :lol: i live to wear heels

  71. realy nice i love this website :P :lol: :roll: :-) ;-)

  72. [quote name=”madison”]I love the high heel shoe it’s a cute design but I think mine came out a little wrong I think but I love drawing shoes it helped me a lot. :lol: :D ;-) 8) :P :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: :D :D :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)[/quote]

    Same here! This helped a lot thanks!!!Love this website!!!

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  75. [quote name=”High Heel Pumps”]good day:) it’s my first time here but i really enjoy what you posts here in your site cheap wedding dresses.i will always visit your site for more updates. Lots of Good information in your posting High Heel Pumps, I bookmarked your blog post so I can visit again in the near future, Cheers :)[/quote]
    Thank you for the comment! I am uploading new stuff every week – tutorials, figure templates, requested stuff from visitors….and I’m adding right now the “Wedding dress tutorial” to my list :) Keep in touch !

  76. [quote name=”hope”]this tutorial is so helpful!! it helped me with my drawing shoes. thank you so much..

    can you do from anther Angle? plzzz it would be so great![/quote]
    Thanks for the comment, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I will release a how to draw shoes in front view soon. Keep in touch :)

  77. this tutorial is so helpful!! it helped me with my drawing shoes. thank you so much..

    can you do from anther Angle? plzzz it would be so great!

  78. I love the high heel shoe it’s a cute design but I think mine came out a little wrong I think but I love drawing shoes it helped me a lot. :lol: :D ;-) 8) :P :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: :D :D :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

  79. pinttttttttaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  80. Nice 8) 8) 8)

  81. Definetely helped me with drawing shoes, which i’m just awful at.

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