Archive for October 2nd, 2008

The Highs and Lows of High Heels

You know the women.  The ladies that wear 4″ heels and are actually WALKING home from work.  I’m basically thinking these ladies are robots, because no one I know is able to do this without excruciating amounts of pain.  

Maybe they’re just doing it because it’s a bit of a pain in the arse to lug around some flats, and sure, legs look better in a heel.  But for me?  Heels are sort of a special thing either only worn at work, or on a very short trip somewhere (preferably when a cab is involved).
I may just be the odd one out because I have a bunion on my tootsie, but I really can’t walk very far in a heel.  I also see photos all the time on Wardrobe Remix of chicks just walking around in heels. 
Maybe I just need new feet, eh?  Like, feet transplants.  Some nice, thin feet.  
You know what else burns my grill?  How heels are so very clearly NOT set up for arch support.  Would it really hurt the shoe companies to just chuck a little padded arch support?  Or maybe that wouldn’t help in a 4″ high heel?  Would it?  I’d like to think it would, and then I could prance around in heels all day long.
Sometimes I see girls walking in heels and they just look so ridiculously out of place and uncoordinated that it makes me wonder what I look like!  Am I walking around pointing my toes really far in when I walk?  Or am I pointing my feet outward like a duck?  I’ve tried to catch a glimpse of myself walking in the reflection of bus shelter ads, so I think I’m doing okay.  I haven’t rolled an ankle yet either, which is good news!
So I checked Wikipedia, and apparently high heels were first popular among men.  Wouldn’t all the men of the world like to know this.  Go tell your husbands, boyfriends, and then make them walk a block in a pair of heels and see how they USED to live!
The wikipedia entry also had a list:

Reasons for not wearing high-heels include:

  • they can cause foot pain
  • they can create foot deformities, including hammertoes and bunions
  • they can cause an unsteady gait
  • they can shorten the wearer’s stride
  • they can render the wearer unable to run
  • altered forces at the knee caused by walking in high-heels may predispose to degenerative changes in the knee joint
  • Women who wear high heels frequently have a higher incidence of degenerative joint disease of the knees. This is because they cause a decrease in the normal rotation of the foot which puts more rotation stress on the knee
  • Podiatrists often comment that 75 percent of their business is caused by females wearing tall high heeled shoes.
  • But oh yes, there is also a positive list:
  • Reasons for wearing high-heels, which are almost exclusively aesthetic, include:
  • they change the angle of the foot with respect to the lower leg, which accentuates the appearance of calves
  • they change the wearer’s posture, requiring a more upright carriage and altering the gait in what is considered a seductive fashion
  • they make the wearer appear taller
  • they make the legs appear longer
  • they make the foot appear smaller
  • they make the gluteal muscles more defined while wearing tight pants
  • they make the wearer look flexibly strong


Is it just me, or does the list of reasons for wearing heels make you want to go put on some heels?

October 2008
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