I wear a lot of high heels. Yes, even at my height:
And yes, it results in a lot of comments from the less tall. Comments like these:
“Look, Mommy, it’s a giant.”
“How tall are you, anyway?”
“Do you really need high heels?”
“Hey there, girl, can I climb you?”
To which I say…
“Thanks, little kid!”
“Six foot, but I’m usually in heels.”
“No one needs high heels; they’re optional, like wearing jewelry or brushing your hair.”
“Ha ha ha ha ha. No, dummy, you can’t.”
So, why, with all the comments and confusion it generates, do I wear high heels? Well, for several reasons, actually.
I’m Not That Tall
I guess I should say that I don’t consider myself to be that tall. In part because I’ve never been made to feel like I was all that tall, even with all the comments. I wasn’t the tallest girl in my school, much less in my class. I’ve always had friends and teammates that were my height or taller and I had a taller older sister. And today, women are taller than ever, so being six foot is nothing.
For example, Brittney Griner of Baylor is 6’8”:
Olympic Gold Medalist (shot put) Valerie Adams is 6’4″:
And Brienne of Tarth is also 6’4”:
So, you see, six foot really isn’t that tall. But, it should be noted that, even if I were taller, I’d probably still wear heels based on the next section.
I am a very intuitive dresser. I don’t often plan my outfits, instead, I tend to just feel my way through my closet, putting things together that my gut tells me I should. This includes the shoes that I wear. I think that we can all agree that the addition of a heel can completely change the look and feel of an outfit. Well, there are certain days when my intuition tells me that I want the look and feel that a high heel brings to an outfit and on those days, I wear heels.
I like the way that high heels make my legs look. This does not mean that I don’t like my legs and have to wear high heels to feel good about them. I love my legs. I love that they’re big and strong from years of running track and biking to work. I love them in flats, but I also love them in heels.
High heels are fun. I guess that flats can be fun as well, but they’re also so darned practical. Practicality is not high on my list of personality traits to have. There is nothing wrong with practicality and even I’m practical sometimes, but, as Cyndi says, sometimes girls just wanna have fun.
See? Fun. I mean, really, how could you not smile when wearing any of those?
Of course, no shoe is fun when you’re uncomfortable in them and I know that some women cannot wear a shoe with a heel of any sort without discomfort. I’m lucky that I can and I’m also lucky that the industry has made a lot of progress in creating comfortable high heel shoes that are also stylish. Even still, there are some things I suggest for heel wearers:
Don’t try wearing a heel height you can’t walk in; just because the market is saturated with six inch heels doesn’t mean you have to wear them. There is no shame is keeping your heel height to three inches or lower.
Make sure the toe box is comfortable; heels push your toes forward so make sure there is no pinching or squeezing or you won’t make it through the day.
Invest in magical insoles. I wear these Superfeet insoles (via Nordstrom; you can get them here) in all of my heels and they are brilliant:
And, possibly magic. I don’t know why they work, being as they’re made of hard plastic, but they do. Somehow they lift your foot up to relieve pressure on the ball of your foot. They don’t work as well with platforms, but I otherwise recommend them for everything over an inch.
How about you, Reader Friends? Do you wear high heels? Why or why not?
Brittney Griner image via Getty Images
Valerie Adams image via zimbio.com
Brienne of Tarth image via gameofthrones.wikia.com
Prada shoes image via randomization.com
Kate Spade New York Wedges image via piperlime.com
Charlotte Olympia Sculptured Heels image via butterhotshoes.com
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Already Pretty contributor Gracey hails from from Fashion for Giants. She’s essentially your average blogger, except that she’s taller than average (six foot) and bigger than average (size 14). She also likes to think that she’s more amusing than average, but that could just be vanity. In addition to being tall and plus-sized (and possibly hilarious), she’s also a thrift store shopper, a vintage lover, an Oregonian, and a bike commuter.
Likes: Gracey likes to shop, to blog, and to terrify her co-workers with brightly colored outfits.
Dislikes: Robot uprisings, too-short skirts, and leggings as pants.