Thursday, August 25, 2011

In Her Shoes

Guest Blog Post by: Susan Michener Spracher

Just thinking the word "shoes" gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling and produces a mmm, hmm smile. It's amazing the joy they can bring; finding just the right pair to complete a 'rockin outfit or the way you feel when you put them on. Maybe it's the Cinderella story we all grew up slipper meets Prince Charming or the ruby red slippers the Wicked Witch covets that in turn get Dorothy home in the "Wizard of Oz." Ah, shoes...they have the power to transform!

My relationship with shoes has always been a little rocky. I have a wide foot, a high instep and a not so small size (8-1/2 to 9). Since I was a kid, it hasn't been easy finding shoes that fit comfortably. Two pregnancies made it harder. However my desire and drive to obtain cool shoes has sustained me, until now.

The current fashion trend of uber high heels has left me on the outside of the candy store looking in. I LOVE the look of today's platforms and stilettos but I just can't wear them. The average heel height today is six inches, that's double what I can manage. Not only do I lack the coordination for heels that high, I have a bad back. I'm also already tall. Me + cool stilettos = Amazon. So there I am with wobbly ankles looking like a giraffe. Not a good look. Three strikes and I'm out.

In doing some research it seems I'm not alone. As heels reaching epic heights, physicians are treating an increase in broken ankles, bunions, and inflamed nerves and ligaments. High heels throw your balance out of whack, and you compensate by adjusting your back, hips, and shoulders. Over time, bad posture will cause lower back pain, leg pain, and headaches. When women wear heels, it puts repetitive pressure and stress on the knee joint and may also be linked to knee osteoarthritis, a painful, degenerative joint disease.

That said, in a Gallup Poll, 37 percent of the women surveyed said they would continue to wear high heels, even though they did not think them comfortable. I guess one theory is, "it's better to look good than to feel good Dahling."

I thought perhaps I could "customize" shoes that were too high for me to wear. I consulted Cavagnaro's Shoe Repair (local experts in the field). I was told the most they recommend taking a heel down in 1/2 inch and the cost is nearly $20 (that's on top of the cost of the shoes). Not exactly the curative option I was hoping for!

So what's a girl to do; sit on the sidelines, benched in the fashion game or just "do it" -- no pain no gain?

What's your opinion about shoes -- flats or heels, favorite pair, new purchase. Tell us your shoe story below. Visit our Facebook page and post in our question survey "How High are Your Heels?" and share a picture of your favorite killer pair.


Kleine Mutti said...

Do you seriously want me to tell my opinion about shoes??? :o)

Anonymous said...

I am sooooo doing everything I can to make TENNIS SHOES the coolest fashion trend! I opt for comfortability - after all - I want my toes to look good in flip flops - not all mashed, bruised, bunion-ed, red and inflamed. THREE CHEERS FOR SNEAKERS! Great article!

Anonymous said...

LOVE flip flops! I think they are the perfect shoe. For a just a few bucks you can have a cute, comfortable pair. My kids have expressed that they think I have an addiction because I always browse for them wherever we are. I hope they don't stage an intervention!

Lynn Schultze said...

ok, here's my story.

my friend Beano turned me on to Bordello shoes. Teezers, specifically. 5 1/2 inch heel, 2 inch platform, most amazing shoes I've ever seen. Found them in Sacramento at a shop called Prevues. $80. Leopard print, red satin bow. Instant love. Bought them, took them home in their gorgeous pink box, showed them off, put them on, took pictures, stood up ... and took 10 steps.

Sold them a week later. for $50. Now, I stick to Chucks.

Joan Gay said...

Look at Uggs tennis cute. Much better than high heels.