Too often, when getting ready in the morning I am faced with a dilemma: to wear heels or to not wear heels. Granted, I could have far greater problems than these, but appease my femininity for a second.
For class or running errands, heels always seem impractical. But for going out with my friends, heels are an absolute must! But when I really take a look in my closet, I have more heels than any other type of shoe… why? I only wear a couple of pairs during the week, and the rest only get used a few times a month, if that. So why is it that every time my friends and I go shopping, we always gravitate towards the heels? Is it something in our DNA that tells us this specific type of shoe is perfect for us? Or is it the constant bombardment of male centered marketing that subconsciously tells us we need to wear them to look sexy? If it’s the former, then maybe I have an excuse for my closet full of heels. If it’s the latter, then their ploys are working.
What makes this even more ridiculous is even after I have worn heels and tortured my feet for an entire night, I don’t even hesitate to wear them again when an event presents itself. For instance, one of my friends turned 22 last weekend so we all got dressed up and went out. Naturally I wore heels (the nude ones seen above to be exact.) They killed my feet and left horrible blisters from dancing all night. Then the next evening I had an important sorority meeting and I wore an outfit that required nude heels. Did I wear them again? You betcha.
Now granted, that was probably dumb and unnecessary on my part, but sometimes you just have to wear your heels.
So here I have compiled a couple of lists on reasons why you SHOULD wear heels and reasons why you SHOULDN’T. I’ll let you decide.
Reasons to Wear Heels
They Instantly Make Any Outfit Look Dressier – Seriously though. You can be wearing plain ole jeans and a comfy tee, and as soon as you put on some heels, you suddenly look put together. It’s the quickest and easiest way to look cute when you didn’t have time to plan an outfit.
They Improve Your Posture – The way your foot is held in a high heel automatically forces you to stand up straighter just to maintain balance. Have you ever tried to slouch with heels on? Try it… it’s hard to do. So for interviews or meetings, heels will not only make your outfit look good, but will make YOU look good as well.
They Make Your Legs and Butt Look Fantastic – (Cue male centered advertising) This is great news when you are going out for the evening with your girls or on a date with a cutie. Heels force the muscles in your legs and butt to flex, much like when a dancer points her foot. Plus, after a long night of dancing, guaranteed the next day you will feel like your legs and butt got a major workout (which they did!)
They are a Great Confidence Boost – Something about wearing heels just makes a girl feel sexy. I don’t know what it is. You put them on and you just feel super feminine and petite. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Reasons NOT to Wear Heels
If You Are Having Foot Problems – e.i. what I mentioned earlier with the blisters: not the smartest. If your feet are hurting you in anyway, especially your toes or the ball of your foot, don’t pick heels because most of your weight will be centered there causing lots of uncomfortable pressure.
If You Will Be Standing/Walking Most of the Day – Obviously you wouldn’t wear heels out hiking, but even going out dancing can be too much depending on the height of the heel. If you still want to wear heels to an event where you will be standing and dancing a lot (prom/weddings) make sure you wear them at least once prior to the event to break them in a little bit so that they don’t cause the aforementioned foot problems.
If They are Inappropriate for the Occasion – Don’t be that girl that shows up to the pool in stilettos. Yes they make your butt and legs look amazing, but that’s completely ridiculous. Also sweat pants and heels = not cute. Know when to wear them and make sure they look right with your outfit.
If You Can’t Walk In Them – A lot of my sorority sisters struggle with this during recruitment. Walking in heels can be difficult, especially if the heel is super tall. So if you know you aren’t comfortable in them, don’t decide to suddenly wear them to an all day event. You (and your feet) will not be happy. But practice makes perfect, so no one has to know if you want to practice your super model catwalk in front of your mirror at home.
Now as a shoe lover in general, I hate to leave the others out. But like I said, there is just about high heels that call my name. All my other shoe lovers out there, why do you think women are so drawn to heels?