Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Keep on High Heelin’

IMG_0838psablog CBS Sunday Morning had an interesting piece about high heels and their history as recounted in the Brooklyn (NY) Museum's "Killer Heels" exhibition. (Thank you, Diana, for the heads-up.)

In my youth, I felt that I was not dressed unless I was wearing high heels. I wore high heels as often as possible and the higher the better.

I was following my mother's lead (like mother, like son) ― she always wore heels. So as her female son, I always wore high heels, too.

In my maturity, I know about the pitfalls of wearing high heels and I know that wearing high heels does not define you as a woman. Most women my age know better and shun heels, yet they are still women.

Nevertheless, I still like to wear high heels and I usually do. Recalling that AARP commercial about a woman of a certain age who knows her way around miniskirts and can run in high heels always inspires me to keep on high heelin'.

But since my feet are not as pliable as they used to be, I have to search out the most comfortable heels if I plan to wear them for more than a few hours as a time.
(Who What Wear recently had some good tips regarding "How to Stand in Heels for 8 Hours Without Killing Your Feet.")

I hope to be able to continue to wear high heels for a long time. I know I will try hard to do so. And maybe someday they'll say, "She died with her stilettos on."





Source: Bebe

Wearing Bebe.






Fashion designer Phillipe Blond


  1. In my youth (and before I was out to myself) I sold ski boots. We fitters were trained to recognize all the damage and problems caused to women's feet by high heels. We watched videos on adapting ski boots to women's crossed toes, damaged metatarsals, bone bumps and calluses. Over the years I've been vocal about how I thought heels were a scam being foisted on women by men.

    Then I came out to myself and went on my first all-day shopping expedition with a wonderful cis-gendered friend who love heels. She knew how I felt about heels and asked me to "humor her" and try on a pair of fantastic black heeled booties. I looovvved them. So much for crossed toes and metatarsal damage. Hee hoo heels here I come!.

    So now I am as happy being scammed as all the other women out there wearing heels!!


  2. Natalie
    26 years ago I hurt my back and did not think that I would be able to ski again. Skiing is something I had really enjoyed. After lots of visits to the chiropractor and a neurosurgeorn wh said that I could do whatever my pain level tolerated I went skiing. LIke magic, the forward cant of the boot that pushes your knees forward served to take all the stress off my back and my back felt significantly better after a day in ski boots. I then experimented and found that if I stood on a slanted ramp or put my heels up on a board or curb that the altered stance took pressure off my back. I then parlayed this information into wearing heels and now wear heels as often as circumstances permit in my opinion the change in body stance does help take pressure off my low back.

    1. That's great to hear. I tend to view skiing as the solution to all problems but I'm probably a little bit too enthusiastic that way.

      Glad too that the relief to the back carried over into the heels. I just can't imagine trying to match ski boots with a little black dress!! :-)

  3. If you haven't heard of it before, you might like to try taping the 3rd and 4th toes together to reduce foot pain while wearing high heels. I thought that the idea was nuts until I tried it. :-)

  4. It simply feels much better to wear heels, so I usually do wear heels when em femme. It's probably good for for my posture too.And none of this nonsense about "can't wear heels because you're already tall enough". Six foot six in heels is good.