Our relationship with heels: It’s complicated

Everyone who’s in a committed love-hate relationship with their high heels, please raise your hands.

If you’re like us, you love them for how they make us stand tall and add an inch of confidence. For how they make us feel like we can command every room and every audience. For how they add a final touch to any outfit.

And we hate them because they all hurt after a while. And because they turn every walk into a negotiation with your surroundings: Don’t walk on that grate. Better not to walk on those cobbled stones. Further than two blocks? I don’t think so. (If you are one of those ladies who take breezy lunch break walks in their 5 inch beauties or participate in the annual Stiletto Run, we salute you!)

Do you resort to the shoe change? If you ever have, then this is for you:

“Oh, the ignominy and the embarrassment of it all: swaying on one leg like a drunken duck, hiding round the corner of the red-carpet entrance, pulling off the flats, stuffing them in a handbag and putting on those vertiginous heels.”

Oh, how we feel with Suzy Menkes, the editor at Vogue, who describes what she sees and experiences at red carpet events and what we see and experience — with slightly less vertiginous heels, mostly — in every business building in the world. And how many of us keep an extra pair of pumps by our desk in case a client drops by or an impromptu meeting is scheduled?

You can read Suzy Menke’s article here: Killer Heels: The Agony and Ecstacy on Seductive Shoes

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