Confessions Of A Lady: I Hate High Heel Shoes.

I absolutely despise wearing high heels. There. I said it! The freedom of confession! Wearing high heel shoes is like slavery with no signs of Emancipation in sight. When I look at high heel shoes nowadays, all I see is pain, suffering and oppression.

Oh, the horrors.

Me no likey.

 

I like the way high heel shoes look. I like the way they elongate a woman’s legs and give extra height to shorties like myself. They’re fancy and sassy. High heels give off attitude! I can say with all honesty that I can appreciate the aesthetic. I can even appreciate the aesthetic on me. But I hate the way that high heels feel on my feet and I hate the way THAT feeling makes me feel.

When I go out, I like to be cute, but I also like to be comfortable. I want to be able to enjoy a certain “look” from time to time, but I don’t want to be miserable all night in a pair of shoes that do not deal with the reality of my very human feet.  I have yet to find a pair of fashionable high heel shoes that address the fact that my big toe is not in the middle of my foot or how unnatural it is for anyone to walk around on their tip-toes for hours at a time.

Gorgeous, but I can't get jiggy in this shyt.

I like fashion that makes sense and after many years of contemplation, I’ve come to the conclusion that high heels just don’t make any damn sense.

What gets my goat about the whole thing is the emphasis on “sexy” that the wearing of high heel shoes entails. This society has women thinking that they can’t be hot without risking their lives in 5 inch stilettos, AND they look down those of us who ain’t buying it. “Beauty is pain”, “A REAL WOMAN grins and bears it”Ummm, no. I am no less of a woman because I hate wearing high heeled shoes and I won’t let anybody tell me any differently!

The Illusion: Sexy

Heels are worn for no other reason but to look sexy. The illusion of longer, more slender legs. A more defined ass and more toned muscles. The paradox of appearing to have a longer stride while your movement is actually impaired is not lost on me.

Bunions. Hammertoes. Sprained and broken ankles. In-grown toe nails. None of that is an illusion and it damn sure isn’t sexy.

The Reality: Not So Sexy.

Am I saying that I will throw out all my high heel shoes and never wear another pair? No, not at all. What I’m saying is I hate it. I hate what they do to women and I hate what they make us think about ourselves and each other. If you ever see me out in heels, you will certainly know that there are a pair of flats on my person somewhere . It is the enlightened and liberated woman who is aware of her illusion and knows how to step in and out of it at will.

 

~pbg

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  • Tammy

    Fast flats and flip flops are forever in my purse!

  • http://musicmakesmehigh.wordpress.com Reecie

    first off, I love the new site design! very pretty!

    I love high heels but hate the way they make my feet feel. all my heels have an expiration point. I too carry flats, well usually keep them in my car for an immediate shoe switch. I wear flats and low heels most of the time so that when I do wear high heels I don’t feel bad about it–even though my podiatrist wouldn’t agree with my actions. I also buy them with more room in the toebed to avoid those awful hammertoes. I’ve been told for some women with high arches wearing flats pains them just as much. I still don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that truly finds comfort in wearing high heels though.

  • http://mommypoet.tumblr.com Tenay

    I am applauding… I used to wear heels all the time, but the older (and heavier) I get it is harder for me to even fake on my feet like that. And on the rare occasion when I rock a pair, please trust and believe I got the flip flops on standby.

  • Kellie

    I totally agree with this post. Everything about it. Damn it. DC has too many spots with not enough seating for me to wear heels all day. I stay carrying a pair of emergency flats in my bag. AND in the trunk of my car.

  • Angela

    So, true. I save the high heels for when I have to walk from the passenger seat to the dinner table and back. I can go with cute and sexy for one block.

  • http://naturallyalise.com/blog Naturally Alise

    total cosign, me and heels definitely struggle, thank goodness for the cute flats that now exist.

  • Malca

    Oooh I hate heels! I love shoes and I own some very cute heels but I can’t stand to wear them for too long.

  • http://www.evolvingelle.wordpress.com Elle

    LOVE this post! I hate wearing heels (when I have to walk long distances or stasnd for an extended amount of time)! My first summer in DC, not knowing the layout of Georgetown, I wore these bangin’ heels, walked the 3 (almost 4) blocks from my car to the restaurant, then to Georgetown Cupcakes, back to my car, only to discover my cute heels were ruined. I was devasted! I have now learned to wear flats or have them within hands reach.

  • Tiziana

    Emancipation will come if we stick together and refuse to wear them! I swear, if there were a club for the overthrow of high heels, I would join run for president.

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