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Saturday, May 21, 2016

HIGH HEELS, NO PLEASE !


If you feel taller than others in a crowd, the  inner joy is immeasurable.   Here there is no gender-specific behaviour. 

I am neither too tall  nor  short, but medium  height with 167 cms. When I wear my 2 inch black shoes and commute in  Metro train, I feel better in height, than in most of  my  fellow passengers.  In my local travels, I see majority of girls, women travel wearing about 4 inches of high heels and  jostle through busy metro trains and this high heels is a standard gear they don't want to compromise !

It is accepted to wear them occasionally, but wearing high-heels, that too 4 inches daily means inviting recurring knee problems.  I think, time has come to reboot the whole idea of high-heel sandals in our lives.

In fact, there are heated debates on high-heels and  there are serious  health issues attached with this kind of fashion. One could predict  hullabaloo from women if you advise on this count.  But facts should be told without hesitation. 

In fact, I decided to write on this subject a couple of months ago, but feared of outburst by stirring hornet's nest.  But an insightful article today in The Hindu, opened  the floodgates to share another woman's  bitter experiences for wearing high-heels indiscriminately.

Susanna Myrtle Lazarus, in  the opening lines of her newspaper column said that  I went through a phase in my teens where I was convinced that, at 5 feet 4 inches, I was very short. So short that I needed to wear heels every single day. Even though I had to take two buses and a share auto to reach college. Six years later, I have been left with a healthy appreciation for ballet flats and flip-flops, with a side of recurring knee problems.

Susanna further elaborates that  her love for high heels has not diminished in any way.  But she  says that  I still own several pairs — including a six-inch-high pair that makes me feel like The Mountain from Game of Thrones — and give them the occasional outing.

The 'why' of no high heels is dwelt at length here  :    Today, there’s no good reason for high heels: well, there’s one, if you count vanity. And there’s nothing wrong in that, of course. However, what’s worrying is that it has become quite the norm, even in daily life and at the workplace, to expect women to forgo comfort for style. Take the case of a waitress in the USA who was told to wear heels for her next shift, even though her feet were bleeding and she had lost a toenail. Her friend shared a photo of her bloody feet and shoes; it went viral, and has sparked worldwide conversation on archaic and sexist dress codes at work. No one is asking to do away with dress codes and uniforms; just make sure one gender isn’t paying more in terms of both money and sometimes, blood.

So, it is better to learn some quick lessons by woman in the Indian context !

2 comments:

  1. Hi Srinivasa.
    How are you?
    Came over to your blog after seeing your post on Indiblogger.
    We are a married couple from Mumbai, very new to blogging.
    Interesting facts you have shared on high hells, thanks for sharing.
    Love to see you dropping by at our blog and leaving a comment on our most recent post.
    Best wishes and regards.
    Vee N Ric

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  2. Nice feedback. Thanq. I am in the blogging field since 2011 having five blogs. Read my some of the best and unique articles written here. Thanq.

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