Six-inch heels will soon be relics as the latest shoe craze hits the fashion runways: heels 8 to 10 inches. What’s a woman to do?
I remember thinking I was one hot mama wearing 2-inch heels. Walking in them all day was never a picnic, and when I took them off at the end of the day, I felt that I had been let out of foot prison.
When 3, 4 and 6 inches became the "in" thing, I thought, “Well, I definitely am not going there.” I just knew that I would end up flat on my face.
I’ve watched other women with admiration and awe as they walk down city streets without any sign of pain on their faces. I’ve often thought they must have medicated themselves before they left the house. Either that or they’ve spent a lot of time at home walking around on stilts.
Well, 6-inch heels will soon be relics as the latest shoe craze hits the fashion runways: heels 8 to 10 inches high. I know I sound jaded, but what’s the point?
Oh, I know all the reasons for heel height. It makes your legs look longer and sexier.
I’m short, so anything that raises me above ground level works, but I don’t need deformed feet or to fall off my shoes.
I suppose you could consider the fact that your heels might help you fend off a mugger. If you could manage to take one off and hit him on the head with the heel, I’m sure he’d be a goner.
Perhaps they should add that to the advertising campaign. “Look great and feel safe.” Or “the shoe that attracts and repels at the same time.”
What fascinates me is how much more practical men are. Men are not remotely interested in wearing shoes that hurt or maim them. Most wear sneakers with whatever they’re wearing and often have the same pair until they die.
We women, on the other hand, seem to embrace shoes that are uncomfortable, as if we are doing penance for our sins. If the current trend continues, shoes may have to come with “walk at your own risk” warning labels.
However, there’s always a bright side. I highly recommend that anyone considering the medical profession consider podiatry, because you’ll always have a lot of business.
Author, humorist, PBS star and Fortune 500 trainer Loretta LaRoche lives in Plymouth, Mass. To share your pet peeves, questions or comments, write to The Humor Potential, 50 Court St., Plymouth 02360, send e-mail to email@example.com, visit the Web site at www.stressed.com, or call toll-free 800-99-TADAH (82324).