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Painful beauties

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.

The True Effect of High Heels

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.

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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.

My tips
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.

Source:
Infographics are taken from Visual.ly

16 thoughts on “Painful beauties

  1. I bought my stilletos for the first time when I was 14 and it took like a month or two to actually wear it outside my room. I practiced in my room and ha! It was worth the struggle😀 I wear them to parties, they are painful to be worn but what can I do? Hahaha

    • Stilletos are ok to wear to parties but if you wear them daily to work you’d get pain in your lower back and hips like I did a couple of years ago. That’s why I swap 5-7 cm high heels with flats or 3 cm heels now. The choice is yours, I only share my own story as tips how to keep wear them and spare your body🙂

  2. Mba Yo aku seneng bangetttt beli high heels tapi heelsku kebanyakan yang haknya agak gede bukan stiletto. Tapi aku cuma seneng beli aja dipakenya jarang karna aku suka liatnya hihihih kalau buat sehari2 sekarang lebih seneng pake flats atau sneakers apalagi kalau pergi sama anakku. Kalau ada acara2 tertentu baru dipake heelsnya atau pergi2 yang harus dressed up.. Dipikir2 sih emang kurang bagus yah pake heels tapi ya namanya cewek kalau mau kelihatan lebih bagus sakit2 juga dilakuin ya😀

    • Itu dia Re. Sebagai ex pemakai sepatu hak tinggi tiap hari (baik kekantor maupun ke pesta) aku tulis pos ini untuk cerita pengalaman & tips. Aku sebenernya masih tetep cinta hak tinggi tapi punggung & panggul sempet sakit beberapa tahun lalu. Dokterku bilang karena pake hak tinggi tiap hari (7-9 cm). Sekarang sepatuku yang berhak untuk ngantor hanya 5-7 cm, pakenya gonta ganti, tinggi diseling datar. Stilleto yang > 9 cm masih ada, aku pake keacara yang kebanyakan duduknya🙂

  3. Ah, mbak Yo. Baca jurnal ini jd inget, udah lamaaaaaa bgt tak pake highheels. Err… yang haknya maksimal cuma 5cm loh ya. Aku tak punya yg lebih dari itu, hahaha. Aku punya 2 highheels, dan dua2nya kusimpen di kantor, dan dua2nya udah nyaris tak pernah kupakai. Skrg kemana2 selalu pk sepatu datar. SELALU! Kadang suka pengen sih liat yg ketje badai pake sepatu hak tinggi, tapi.. sungguh ya, tak cocok kakiku iniiii. Gampang kali kerasa pegelnyaaa….
    Btw, aku senapsaraaaan: sepatu2 mahal macem Christ Laboutin (gmn tuh, ejaannya?) yg suka dipamerin artis2 indo, yg katanya harganya smp puluhan dan ratusan jeti itu, apa beneran enak dipake dan nggak bikin kaki sakit, ya? Soalnya pernah denger artis yg ngaku pk sepatu CL itu for more than 24 hours, tanpa lepas sama sekali! Aih, mungkin gituuuu?

    • Fit, Aku anak satu aja repot kejar kesana kemari, jadi harus pake sepatu datar apalagi kamu dengan A3🙂

      Memang enak dipake sih sepatu mahal, err cuma ngga yakin apakah dipake 24 jam itu bagus untuk kaki. Kaki kita kan musti ‘napas’. Lebay tuh si artis ha….ha…Nama depannya mulai huruf S bukan?🙂

      • Hihihi, syahrini ya, maksudnya mbak?—> sengaja sebut tanpa inisial😆
        Tapi bukan sih, waktu itu yg aku denger (wawancara di radio) si yuni shara, mbak..🙂

  4. aku,,pakai heels hanya kalau kondangan dan ada kerjaan aja (maklum masih mahasiswa, jadi gawenya tergantung dapet proyekan😀 ). Heels juga ga lebih dari 7 cm. Aku ga sanggup mbak Yo pakai yang tinggi-tinggi, Apalagi kalau modelnya stileto

    • Kalo ngga biasa/bisa pake, jangan. Nanti suka dan pake terus seperti aku yang akhirnya punggung bawah & pinggul sempet sakit. Sekarang sih ngga lagi, untung cepet ketauan.

  5. aku selalu sukaaak liat cewek pake boots yang higheels mbak Yo ihik. Apalagi kalau pake rok, rasanya feminin sporty gimana gitu. Kalo high heels aku sukanya wedges. Dan emang higheels itu langsung mendongkrak tampilan deh, setiap ada cewek yang langsung bikin aku noleh kalau ketemu di jalan, biasanya pake high heels.

    • Aku suka juga liat perempuan pake boots hak tinggi tapi tergantung model boots dan materialnya apa. Yang pasti memang cewe pake jeans & t-shirt dan sepatunya hak tinggi langsung jadi elegan & ngejreng, dressed up kesannya.

  6. Py pecinta high heels tapi suka males pakenya..haha :p paling lama 2 jam lah pake heels, sisanya beneran butuh usaha. Py punya kakak spupu yang kalo pake flat malah cepet cape kalo jalan.. haha😀

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