I have always delighted in shopping for heels. Jokingly, I would tell myself that if I could not “run for my life” while wearing them then I would not buy them. The truth is I love the way heels make my legs look so my criteria for buying heels simply came down to this; if I could walk at a respectable pace without lurching awkwardly forward with no apparent friction on my feet then those shoes were mine. The fact is heels are seen as sensual and suggestive of authority which is so compelling. However, the reality is high heels are inconvenient in so many ways. And as sexy as Blahniks, Choo’s and Louboutin’s are they certainly require a lot of effort to wear than a pair of Vans. But comfort was never the point of heels.
I still wear heels though just not as often as I used to. These days when I shop for heels I pay particular attention to the heel height because after years of being attracted to slim, sculpted and high stilettos I know just how much more energy I need to exert in order to get through my day. This assessment comes with wisdom. But wisdom also informs me that some day I will no longer care to place my feet in anything other than canvas shoes. For now I still happily wear them but with much more vetting. Today, my choices are no longer based on a superficial assessment but rather a soulful evaluation of many attributes. Today I consider the following;
~How long will I be wearing them?
~How far I do I have to walk in them before reaching my destination?
~Is dancing involved?
In addition I don’t wear heels as often because my lifestyle is different. Today I work where I must climb a handful of hills and then several flights of stairs before I start my day. This trek is definitely not conducive to a 4” stiletto or any number of 4” heeled shoes, chunky or otherwise. However, if you asked out to dinner I will happily wear them.
For everyone who opposes the very idea of wearing a high heel there is good news–flats have become uber popular! It is now considered quite fashionable to wear shoes without the ubiquitous stiletto heel. Hooray!! This season there are some wonderful styles that are less about heel height and more about wearability while still being quite chic!
Eat well, laugh a lot and, be chic!