I was recently in New York and the department store windows were filled with the latest fall fashions. What blew me away were the shoes. In the last several years heel height has grown exponentially.
I remember thinking I was one hot mama wearing two inchers. Walking in them all day was never a picnic and when I took them off at the end of the day I felt that I had been let out of foot prison.
When three and four inches and six inches became the in thing I thought “Well I definitely am not going there”. I just knew that I would end up flat on my face.
I’ve watched other women with admiration and awe walk down city streets without any signs of pain on their faces. I’ve often thought they must have medicated themselves before they left the house. Either that or they’ve spent a lot of time at home walking around on stilts!
Well six inch heels will soon be relics as the latest shoe craze hits the fashion runways — which are eight to ten inches.
I know I sound jaded, but what’s the point? Oh I know all the reasons for heel height. It makes your legs look longer and sexier.
I’m short so anything that raises me above ground level works, but I don’t need deformed feet or to periodically fall of my shoes.
I suppose you could consider the fact that your heels might help you fend off a mugger. If you could manage to take one off and hit him on the head with the heel, I’m sure he’d be a goner.
Perhaps they should add that to the advertising campaign.
“Look great and feel safe”
“The shoe that attracts and repels at the same time”.
What fascinates me is how much more practical men are. Men are not remotely interested in wearing shoes that hurt or maim them. Most of them wear their sneakers with no matter what their wearing and often have the same pair until they die.
We, on the other hand seem to embrace shoes that are uncomfortable as if we were doing penance for our sins.
If the current trend continues, shoes may have to come with warning labels; “Walk at your own risk”.
However, there’s always a bright side. I highly recommend that anyone considering the medical profession consider Podiatry, because you’ll always have a lot of business.
Loretta LaRoche writes the Get A Life Column for the Patriot Ledger.