It always catches my eye when I see a high-heeled woman in the street, as she is invariably having trouble walking. And I take pity on the girls at work who can’t afford a mortgage, but have a few pairs of Louboutins (at around £400 a pair) knocking around under the desk.
Here is the truth: The world could not continue, work would not be done, children would not get to school, and public transport would cease if women habitually wore high heels.
Look at any photograph of a catwalk show, or a red carpet event, or a posh opening party and the models and celebrities wear nothing else. Open a woman’s magazine and high heels will be the norm. As we soak up fashion “advice” we get the subliminal message that high heels go with everything. We are told that women look “elegant” and “leggy” in high heels. And a similar school of thought suggests that heels make us “powerful” as we can see eye to eye with men. We are shown platforms, “sky-high” heels, spindly stilettos, strappy Jimmy Choos, shoes with jewels or spikes or made out outlandish fabrics and we are asked to join the fetish. High heels had their very own TV programme and ever more ghastly, vacuous films called “Sex in the City”. The breathy worship of inanimate objects – those shoes that are “to die for”, worth eating beans on toast for a month because they cost about £500, or more. But of course these actresses wear slip ons, trainers or lace ups most of the time – the heels are just an image thing. Let’s start being honest about this.
I know I am shorter than a lot of men. I accept my legs are of an ordinary length. I understand that higher heels actually create a flattering lengthening, and once in a while I wear them, but you know what? Stop gushing. High heels are actually footwear designed by the devil himself. Worn frequently they can permanently damage your back, knees, calves, toes and heels. And models, who are in fact trained to walk in them , frequently fall over. Walking awkwardly in them looks far worse than wearing a nice pair of loafers. Don’t be a victim.
In response to high heel hell I have formed the Flat Shoe Society.
I invite you to make the pledge with me today:
- I will not wear clothes that hurt me
- I will not buy bits and pieces to wear in my shoes to mitigate the pain
- I won’t voluntarily deform my feet
- I will walk at a reasonable pace
- I am prepared to run in an emergency or if I am attacked
- If I need to be dominant or powerful I will rely on my brain not my appearance
- I will not waste any more money on useless clothes
- I will wear flat shoes with pride and style
Commit to wearing flat shoes!
Encourage and admire women who wear brogues, pumps, flat winter boots, summer sandals, and stylish sports shoes!
Fashion Designers, Editors, Educators, Journalists, Stylists, Film stars!
End the conspiracy. Design, make, sell, feature and promote beautiful, comfortable Flat Shoes!