I wear high heels. I wear high heels as often as I can, for whatever situation I deem appropriate. I have high heeled sandals, pumps, wedges, boots, and sling backs. Most are above 4″.
At 5’9″, it’s not because I need the extra height. It’s because I think, in the proper setting and with proper training, they look lady-like. The tighten the appearance of your calves, they lengthen your posture, if you have good posture to begin with. The harken back to an earlier age, when men were men, and women were ladies.
However, I think some people really don’t understand heels, or when they are ok, or how to wear or WALK in them. Let me educate you, dear reader. And remember, at the end of all things, all rules are made to be broken.
Let me tell you some times that high heels are NOT appropriate.
– If you’re physically carrying toddlers (note the plural)
– anything involving farm equipment.
– If you’re a man, exception: cowboy boots that are used to assist a man in actually tending cattle.
– sporting events you are participating in
– anyone under the age of 14.
Situations where the proper heel IS appropriate:
– the work place
– date night
– Whole Foods (when paired with organic cotton goucho’s and a v-neck t.
– Kansas in general
– any place where one desires to make one’s outfit look more polished.
Flats are casual. Heels take a casual outfit and give it polish. Even my flat shoes are generally very nice sneakers/flats I find for ridiculously cheap on ebay. Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating that heels are the only way, because they are pricey and they are less comfortable and believe it or not, they do require muscle training and posture awareness to walk in properly.
Girls: If you feel like a baby Clydesdale in your heels, then you LOOK like a baby clydesdale in your heels. For the love, stand up straight, lengthen the back of your neck, engage your core, walk with the weight in your toes, not your heels. You can not be lazy in high heels. You must, WALK. Not stomp, not clomp, not appear as if you are stuck in quicksand. Use your upper body to freakin’ move yourself, and for crying out loud, if you can’t walk in them, don’t wear them.
A dance instructor I once worked with said it best: “Chest up, lips out, butt back.”
Yes we could get all deep and talk about how heels make you look more…appealing and how is that really ok for young girls and really can’t we all just wear tennis and lounge pants and get on with life? I agree completely. But if you’re going to rock it, ROCK IT. And rock it right. I don’t want to ever see you again wearing painted on skinny jeans and hooker heels at Wal-Mart. Ever.
If you need walking in heels lessons, myself, my sister, or Charleen O’Hara Wells would be happy to teach you. Char and I will even give extra lessons on walking in your 4 inchers while very far gone in your pregnancy. No charge.