From demure kitten heels to towering platforms to sexy, spiky stilettos, we’ve all seen our share of high heels (above, photo by Bruce Gray). Some ladies love them with a passion; others loathe them just as much. Most of us fall somewhere in the middle–they just look so good that we’re willing to endure the discomfort.As in almost anything, moderation is the key to wearing high heels. With a bit of research from fellow bloggers like Desiree Stimpert at About.com, I’ve got a short list of the pros and cons when it comes to this staple of the American woman’s wardrobe.
- The height: Vertically challenged women such as myself often rave about the benefits of high heels, but even if you don’t need the extra inches, there’s something about being taller that just gives you an extra burst of confidence.
- The slim-down: High heels, especially ones with pointed toes, have the effect of slimming and lengthening your profile. Besides, how many women do you know that wouldn’t mind dropping a few pounds?
- The attitude: Almost any outfit gets sexier when you throw a pair of high heels into the mix. Jeans get dressed up, a plain skirt looks chic, and a suit becomes more feminine. And you know it, too, so you hold your head high, wear a confident smile on your face, and feel better about yourself the moment you slip those heels on.
- The walking: Our feet weren’t created to balance on a stiletto point at a four-inch incline. Learning to walk gracefully in high heels is a difficult process, especially on slick surfaces.
- The injuries: Soreness is almost inevitable after wearing high heels for a long period of time. Knee and back pain might also develop with consistent wear, and it’s not unheard of for one person’s spiky heel to stab the top of another person’s foot on a crowded dance floor.
- The cost: High heels aren’t always expensive, but you pay for what you get. It’s wise to invest in a few quality pairs with leather uppers and lots of padding that are more likely to last and keep your feet as comfortable as possible, rather than save your cash at the risk of breaking an ankle.