The fashionable heel, 2010

I got my new issue of Lucky magazine recently and combed it cover to cover in hopes of finding that fashion designers had finally come to their senses and were showing classic, comfortable shoes again.

Sigh, it wasn’t to be.

Check these accidents-waiting-to-happen:

Spiky high heels


My niece is twenty-something and swears by this kind of high heel. It makes her look taller, she says.

I refuse to argue, but if I wanted to look that tall, I’d carry around a ladder with me!

Besides, after having crammed her feet into such high fashion shoes for the past several years, she’s now complaining about foot pain, bunions, and all the other ailments that go with mindless beauty.

Oh, sure, I used to wear high heels, too — back when I was young and mindless.

I had a pair of at-least-three-inch-pumps in every possible color — navy, black, maroon, beige, you-name-it. They were comfortable, they made me look taller and feel more confident, they immediately proclaimed me “off limits” to too-short men, and they were necessary so I didn’t have to re-hem my slacks.

But don’t expect me to wear those things now!

I picked up a pair yesterday at a department store, casually wondering how women get their feet inside, and had not one but two other women volunteer they’d never again wear such spike heels!

“I’d break my neck,” one said.

“My back already hurts,” added another.

The fashionistas are trying to convince us to shed our summertime flip-flops and sneakers, replacing them with more fall-like colors and styles. I understand that. It’s been a tough economy for everybody, and shoe manufacturers aren’t exempt.

But seeing these styles, I can’t help but fall to my knees and thank God I work for myself and don’t have to wear shoes at all if I don’t want to!

6 thoughts on “The fashionable heel, 2010

  1. I’m all the way with you Deb on this one. (I love your “ladder line”!) I am always amazed how women can walk around in any high heels let alone those spiked heels. I’m the happiest in my crocs.

    • And isn’t it funny that men’s shoes don’t undergo the transformations that women’s shoes do? What man in his right mind would teeter around on spike heels, even if he did want to appear taller? Besides being an accident-waiting-to-happen, they do such awful things for your feet and back! Still, aren’t they CUTE?!

  2. Ditto, the “ladder line”! And even tho I NEVER wore really high heels for any length of time even when younger, I do remember a particularly effective Wearing.

    Fifteen yrs ago I had my eye on a particular man. I drove up to his office and changed from sensible to sky-high heels while still in car. Exited car, sashayed over to his desk, took care of biz, sashayed back (trying very hard not to fall over), got in car, changed back into normal shoes, and drove away.

    Man proposed. I accepted. Life is good.

    • An excellent example of what sky-high heels can do for a gal’s love life!! I’m glad it was you doing the sashaying, though, because I’d have probably tripped and made a fool of meself!

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