High heel shoes (higher than 5 cm) are beautiful but it is widely known they do no good to the women who wear them. They are painful beauties. This infographics below show why.
High heel fan
I started wearing high heels when I was 18 years old. I love high heels because in my opinion they are elegant, feminin and sexy. I wore 7 cm high sandals/shoes to campus. I even danced on 10 – 12 cm high stilettos easily. Three occassions I didn’t wear high heels at that time were: when I jogged, when I was home or when I was on a holiday. Then I began working at the office, I bought block heels of 5 cm – 7 cm as I thought these looked more professional. As they were so beautiful I wore them everyday and I loved every pair I had. Then I got pregnant.
Untill the half of the second trimester I continued to wear my high heel shoes as my belly was not that big. I looked more like a skinny girl with bloated stomach. After the 21st week of pregnancy reality hit me hard. My belly became bigger and bigger so fastly, I needed to switch to flats. I bought ballerinas and mocassins.
Then G was born. Up untill she turned 4, I only wore flats. I even bought my first All Stars Converse pair, the first in my adult life. And I loved them! Taking care of a baby/kid was of course a lot easier with flat shoes. Back to work after my maternity leave my colleagues were surprised to see me without high heels. For them I became very petite, although for Indonesian standard with my 1,63 m height I am not petite at all!
Never ending high heel love
Since 2005 I have been wearing flats and high heels. In the winter I wear flat boots or pumps with comfortable 3 cm heels. However in the spring and summer I still can’t resist the temptation of wearing 7 cm high heels to work. I know this sounds ultimately shallow, but spring, summer dresses look more prettier on me paired with high heels according to me. At week ends I do wear flats and sandals. Especially since I started to take pictures in 2009. Going on photo hunting is not handy with high heels cause I have to bend or even kneel to get a good photo angle. For this activity my flats are my best friend.
Now that women know the facts about wearing high heels but they keep continue wearing them. They are blinded by saying as
you must suffer to be beautiful
This quote is ridiculous. That is why I write this post.
Here are some tips for wearing high heels:
1. New to high heels and want to wear a pair? Start with 5 cm high thick heel. It is easier to maintain your balance than the higher ones. Once you get the strut, upgrade to 7 cm. It is awkward to see young girls struggling with wearing high heels while they want to stay cool at the same time. Oh, 12 cm high heels are absolutely no go cause they are going to hurt 15 minutes after you wear them. Believe me on this unless you are a drag and want to wear them desperately. Go ahead.
2. To spare you sore legs and feet, wear high heels max two days in a row and change them with flats for a day. I mostly wear high heels three days in a week now.
3. High heels are available in many variations; stilleto (thin high heel), wedges (chunky high heel) and thick. Wedges and thick high heels are more comfortable to wear as they spread your weight on your feet better than stilletos. Wearing stilletos means putting your weight on your toes. This is very painful.
4. After wearing high heels the whole day, when you get home, lie down and set your feet higher to allow them to rest. I do this only 10 minutes and this helps.
5. I don’t have the luxury of going to a foot reflexologists here which I do when I’m in Asia. Instead, I use foot cream/balsam or to treat my feet. I even soak them in a foot bath once a week. Remember: the feet support your weight the whole day with or without high heels. Pampering them is a must.
In this post I point out the facts about wearing high heels. How they are bad for women’s body. And I write some tips how to wear them. I do so cause I believe vanity reigns. There are women and young girls out there who keep wearing these painful beauties despite the facts the infographics show above. At least I hope loyal high heel lovers who read this post know how to treat their feet better.
Infographics are taken from Visual.ly