Guest Post: Shoes
I’ve been feeling the need to get out and meet men, so I started putting myself out there, and my first steps in preparation were to begin updating my wardrobe and dusting off my high heels. I hate them and love them. I normally wear flip flops, Sketchers, or flats. But, when going out or dressing up, I do like to wear heels on occasion.
They fit in the cultural norm of looking “sexy,” and as Wikipedia says, they change myposture requiring more upright carriage and altering the gait in what is considered a seductive fashion, accenting the muscles of my legs and butt, making my legs look longer, feet look smaller, and something I didn’t know, may improve the tone of my pelvic floor. These accessories so apparently associated with phallic symbolism and being sexy were my gateway to be more appealing to the opposite sex.
But, let us remember that Wikipedia also tells us that heels will cause foot pain, increase risk of injury, create foot deformities, decrease the wearer’s stride, and predispose one to knee problems. They are so impractical and even dangerous. I will tell you, though, I’ve had almost overwhelmingly positive responses, though I’ve had one lecture on how they ruin women’s feet, but everyone else has commented on how good I look, and how great my shoes are.
Can I still be a feminist and wear high heels? On the one hand, they seem to empower women by granting them social status and the attention of men and women alike. On the other hand, they seem to trap us into the damsel in distress model of sexuality, waiting for the knight in shining armor to rescue us from spraining an ankle in those 4” stilettos. Maybe if I buy Earth-friendly shoes?
So WHY do I wear them? I really don’t know. I walk in these shoes that look so good, and it noticeably alters the way I walk. Super annoying. I have blisters from where they rub. I paid quite a lot for these shoes, and they’re suede with the layered heel that I like. I wanted to look sexy and expensive. Feels really silly. BUT, they did get me a foot rub…