We’ve got heels on our mind. Maybe it’s the chatter about Toronto Fashion Week that have sky-highs running through our heads, or perhaps it’s Thelma Lou Carter’s heel-related crime (she was sentenced to four years in prison on Aug. 8).
Whatever it may be, it got us thinking about the effect that our pumps, wedges, stilettos and (dare I say) kittens have on us.
A recent Toronto Sun article reveals what our beloved Manolos can do to our feet, ankles and backs and it sounds excruciating (seriously, how did Carrie Bradshaw do it so effortlessly?). Almost half of women reported that they’d wear a heel even it was painful, and almost 75% claimed to already have a heel-related injury.
So, why do we do it? It sounds like a heavy topic for such an innocent indulgence, but that painful pair of Louboutins may be more of a statement than you’d ever think.
In 2009, Today Style interviewed features director for Marie Claire Magazine, Lea Goldman.
“I don’t care where you work, the office is a competitive arena,” she said. “And the fact of the matter is that most offices are run by men — not exclusively, but mostly. I believe that heels give you an important physiological advantage in that they bring you eye level to male superiors. Don’t underestimate that ‘leg up.’”
Goldman also added that she draws the line at stilettos—save those puppies for a night on the town.
So go ahead and throw on your favorite pair of Steve Maddens this weekend, just make sure they’re comfy. Remember: insoles are your friend.
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