High heels are fashionable and terribly feminine. In fact, they belong to the quintessential image of the femme fatale, a seductive creature often perched on high heels. It’s also a portray that has been promoted by the pin-up culture since the 1930s. So, as a result, high heels can be a natural extension of your outfit as a woman. They are the perfect companion of a professional office outfit, and they also are the most obvious glamourising ally of your night outs. So, this might come as a surprise, especially for those of you who own several pairs of shoes, but there are very good and valid reasons why you should stop wearing high heels.
Contrary to the common belief, you don’t need high heels to be elegant
For a start, high heels tend to be perceived as the most iconic item of elegance that a woman can own. You wouldn’t think of attending a black-tie event without wearing a pair of heeled shoes. But it can be difficult to explain your reasoning. In fact, the only reason why you think that high heels are elegant is that your social education has trained you to think like this. In reality, a pair of flats can be just as fashionable in any occasion, depending on the style you choose.
They can cause serious pains
Even though high heels are everything, it doesn’t mean that wearing them is a natural position for the body. Most women complain of pain after prolonged wear, and it’s easy to understanding why. Elevated shoes put unnatural pressure on your legs and your lower back as you let your toes carry your weight. Some women try to compensate the position through their back muscles, causing back pain in the process. Additionally, the pressure you put on your toe area can create a bony bump, called a bunion. You can, of course, find professional clinics that offer a minimally invasive bunion surgery. But, it’s fair to say that no heels is the healthier option!
They’re not practical for everyday use
There isn’t currently any legislation that forbids women to wear heels in their everyday activities. Nevertheless, drivers in heels are more likely to cause accidents as they can’t reach out the pedals in the same way that drivers who wear flat shoes. Additionally, things, like running after a bus or carrying a tray of hot drinks in the office, are made impossible in heels. What’s the point of wearing shoes that don’t let you give 100%?
Ultimately, you’re encouraging sexism
Not so long ago, British MPs were asked to debate sexist dress codes in the workplace. Ultimately, companies need to ensure that their dress code practices are not sexually biased and don’t require women to over-emphasise their sexuality through the mean of high heels. Socially, most people expect women to wear heels to be attractive. Wearing flats is your way of letting other women know that you can be equally elegant, attractive and feminine without them!
Whether you do it for your health or as an active feminist, you need to consider wearing your heels less often. While there’s no need to ditch the heels for good, you should find a healthy combination of elegant flats and medium heels.