One thing that has always intrigued me is shoes. Especially now that I have officially become a member of the comfort generation. I like to shoe-watch, and marvel at what women consider attractive, functional, appropriate shoes. Or, in some of the cases depicted here, the term “shoes” may be a misnomer – the things women choose to put on their feet.
What is the exact history of this behavior, that women feel as if they must encase perhaps their most important appendages, that upon which they stand and which allows them to be mobile, into the most weather-inappropriate, unlovely, nay even bizarre, adornment?
It may have started in China with foot binding. And yes, there are pictures available of what this lady’s feet actually look like sans her teeny-tiny shoes, and no, I’m not posting it here because it may take the last meal away from the safe confines of your digestive tract. It’s hurl-worthy.
The strange custom may have originated among the upper class court dancers in the early Song dynasty, but this is unclear. It spread to the lower classes eventually and became very popular because men thought it to be highly attractive. OH! I get it now. Because MEN FOUND IT TO BE HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE! Well, then, ‘nough said.
The woman in the above photo is still alive today, and to assume she has a bit of trouble getting around is a no-brainer.
It’s no surprise to anyone that women dress up their lower extremities because this is what men like. Or so women think, and oh yeah, men also like butt implants, fake boobs and engorged lips. But do they really? And, more important, should women care if that’s what men like? It’s not like men are willing to don inappropriate and uncomfortable garb for the sake of a woman. But somehow, women need to do it for men? Where’s the equality in that?
Shouldn’t women care more about what they are doing to their bodies and say screw it if guys don’t like this? Get some Shibui! I think that would be most appropriate in this day of supposed women’s liberation. But from the looks of the stuff we put on our feet, we aren’t very liberated, now are we?
Still, it is better than foot binding.
Here are a few reasons why women should not wear high heels, and note that they are all pretty much related to the actual health of the foot:
- Foot pain
- Increased chance of fractures and sprains
- Creation of foot deformities, such as hammertoes and bunions
- Unsteady gait
- Stride is shortened
- Inability to run
- A decrease in normal rotation of the foot puts more rotation stress on the knee causing degeneration of the knee joint
- Tendon problems
Okay, now here a few reasons why women should wear high heels, and note that these reasons are generally related to aesthetics, or man-pleasing:
- The appearance of calves is accentuated
- Posture is changed because a more upright carriage is required, considered seductive
- Wearer appears taller
- Wearer’s legs appear longer
- Wearer’s feet appear smaller
- Wearer’s toes appear shorter
- Arches of the feet appear higher and better defined
Some articles even say that men are turned on by a woman in high heels because she is more vulnerable and can’t escape as easily. Now, isn’t that a good reason to NOT wear these things?
I believe that women should not be turned on by men who are turned on by high heels. Unless said women are also turned on by 24-inch biceps and snake tattoos. Then maybe. But in that case, they’d deserve each other.
Here are some examples of the most grotesque examples of “shoes” I found:
And here are some that could be considered odd perhaps, yet not quite so freakish:
Lastly, my favorites: