Remember these shoes?
They're back! As part of a fundraiser for the English National Ballet, who had their budget cut by $3.2 million, Christian Louboutin designed a new pair of his extreme ballerina heels. A size 37, one-of-a-kind, covered in Swarovski crystals, and unwearable...
But really, really pretty.
It brings to mind a larger question however: why am I, along with thousands of other women, willing to distort my feet, my body and my posture for the sake of wearing pretty shoes? I do it on a regular basis. At 5"9, I don't need the extra height. I don't need the obvious foot, knee, hip and back pains the regular wearing of high heels can cause. Is it just because they're pretty? I don't think so. There are more than enough stylish flat shoes out there. I believe that the answer does lie in the heel height, in being higher up. I admit, it's a confidence boost to walk with authoritative "click" of a heel and to be taller than usual. I think of shoes as the integral finishing touch to any outfit and a heel gives both a literal and figurative boost to what you're wearing. Heels add another dimension to your look. They command attention and they remind me that I am worth paying attention to. This strikes me as slightly sad, only because I don't know any guy that has to pull on platforms to gain authority. I suppose women are the flashier gender of the human species, and heels are part of that uniform.
To close, I'm going to get a little Oprah-ish here. Don't dress for anyone else. Dress for yourself, and put those heels on because they make you feel good emotionally, if not physically.