I have received a bunch of shoes over the course of 2 months. Maybe It’s because I typically wait until all my shoes are broken to buy replacement pairs. Lucky for me, my mother is concerned that I am always on my feet. Besides a few pairs of boots, she has also graced me with these 2 gorgeous pairs of heels from Lord & Taylor for days when I need to be more trendy.
The first is this pair of beautiful satin nude peep-toe heels with black lace over it and a brooch at the front. I drool every time I see them! But I gave them to my sister. While I completely adore the shoes, I love my sister waaaaay more (and luckily we are +/- half a size a part). I knew she would appreciate them very much and wear them more, especially at work (she’s an electrical engineering consultant).
Besides, my mommy also gave me a pair of these black satin sling-back Steve Madden pumps with sequined giant bows. She is convinced I should wear them with jeans when I go to class if I can’t use them during formal occasions only. I said I’ll think about it. I’m always deathly afraid of walking in heels, so I usually opt for flats because they are comfy and dress appropriate for work, class, and volunteering.
After my two flats got destroyed by rainstorms (on separate occasions), I bought this nifty pair at the GAP that had a gold chain anklet on sale before break.
And what would this blog be without a scientific point of view!
This great infographic from the Washington Post gives an overview of negative health effects of high heels. While these effects are over very extreme cases when high heels are overused, the infographic is still a great precautionary guide.
According to the graphic, the main source of problems caused by heels are stemmed from the body being in an altered and unnatural position. This further causes more problems such as:
- Hips & Spine misalignment
- Excess force on knee, the front of the foot, and toes
- Overly tightened muscles
- Impaired balanced
- Increased chance of injury
Now all these risks seem scary, it doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy your beautiful heels! According to a ScienceDaily article written in 2010, women who tend to wear high heels felt discomfort when they walked flat footed. The studies expected to find that high heel wears had shorter calf muscles, but instead found that they actually had shorter muscle fibers than women who don’t wear high heels often. The article suggests for avid high heel wearers to try stretching to avoid discomfort caused by heels.
There are also some positive psychological effects high heels have on women and how they view themselves.
- Generally makes women feel taller & more confident.
- Raises the butt about 20 to 30 degrees.
- Because of point #2 on this list, heels make a women appear more youthful.
- Makes legs appear longer and balances out body shape.
- Not a psychological plus, but apparently heels are suspected to lead to a better sex life for women (check the BBC source below)
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