My Aunt Mary Jane had a 6′ tall personality but was only 5’2” so she wore high heels pretty much everywhere. Well, being a normal horse farm owners’ daughter, she rode and her riding boots were flat, but I’m pretty sure if you could get riding boots in 3” heels and ride without stabbing your horse in the side, she’d have worn them. She advised me to wear heels for the alluring curve it gives your calves along with a lesson in how to snap your legs as you walk which was supposed to produce some other man catching effect. I’d sit in my desert boots and faded blue jeans inwardly rolling my eyes and thinking, “if all this is going to net me men like the ones you reel in I’d prefer to be single.”
I entered college relatively early in the women’s lib movement and we were determined not to allow ourselves to be coerced into following fashion, especially not fashion that was designed to be appealing to men. Now even at the time I realized that the uniform of jeans and work shirts and no makeup that was acceptable had become the badge of conformism in the movement with its own version of fashion police to look disapproving if you wore loafers or shaved something. Since I considered nonconformism to mean not allowing anyone—not even other women’s libbers—to tell me what to wear or what I couldn’t shave I got disapproving looks a lot. But the excruciating pain of wearing high heels definitely made me a supporter of eschewing them. By the time my aunt was In her fifties the pressure on the front of her foot from all those years of high heels had caused her toes to separate from her feet. She had to have surgery to wire her toes back to her feet! Trust me, that was more than enough to keep me away from heels.
That was thirty years ago and I’m looking at the current fashion in shoes and wondering what in the world happened. I’ll have a whole other post on the hooker fashion in general but for now, what is with the shoes? Beyond setting feminism back a few decades in how we relate to men, 4” heels are so detrimental to physical well-being that they set us back decades on treating ourselves as worthy and lovable as the women we are—without the need to be embellished for sexiness. Really,women don’t mind the idea of having their toes wired back on later? Not to mention the bad impacts on ankles, knees, leg muscles, hips, backs… We got rid of the chastity belts and the corsets and the hoops and now women still aren’t going to stand up for themselves and insist on fashion that’s also healthy?
In China it was a male hierarchy that imposed foot bindingon the women in order to control them. I don’t see spike heels that restrict movement and possibly
destroy your feet as all that different from foot binding. And in this case women are imposing it on themselves. Back in the days of the desert boots and going bra-less we really didn’t see this coming…