Joy A. Muchtar
It is not a strange sight to see fifteen year olds clad with 6 inch high heels teetering and tottering around. High heels are the picture of maturity power and glamor. Looking older than you actually are is what every Indonesian teenager yearns for, especially with the amount of make-up they slather on their face but that’s a different story.
Ultimately wearing high heels gives the illusion that your legs are longer and more proportional to the body, giving the air of confidence.
Tall women are also perceived as elegant and beautiful. Thus, high heels are already stereotyped as ‘the vital shoe of beauty.’ If one would go to a club or party these days, girls wouldn’t be caught dead without wearing high heels.
Beauty does come with a price though. Most women go home after a day in heels to a warm foot bath to soothe their achy ankles and blossoming blisters. Some opt for more comfortable shoes to wear in the car, far from the nosy eyes of the ever so snooty public.
As seen in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” as Meryl Streep’s character starts to enter the building, one of the employed hastily switches from ugly yet comfortable shoes to pointed high heels which are deemed fashionable for work.
The problem with stiletto heels, an instance, is that all our weight is concentrated on the balls of your feet. And if this is continued for a long period of time, it would affect your bones and, in time, you would end up with metatarsalgia.
Metatarsalgia is a common problem developed among women because of the prolonged use of high heels. It is a condition which affects the metatarsal region (the ball of the feet), resulting in pain in the joints. Experts had also warned that towering heels could bring an increased risk of arthritis in later life.
According to an article published by the Guardian, more than 40 percent of high-heel wearers have suffered an accident in them – most often from falling over. Examples could include various accidents on the fashion runway when models often twist their ankles when walking with impossibly high heels. How are we, everyday people, to possibly manage to stay vertical on high heels when professionals can’t help plunging on their face now and then?
Worry no more ladies, for there are other alternatives to stiletto heels and these magical walking devices are called wedges. Wedges are relatively healthier than stilettos because it supports the whole foot with its bigger chunk of heel at the bottom. Professor Anthony Redmond, a researcher at the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, further advised that women would choose for round toed shoes with a maximum heel of 1 inch and shock absorbent soles. Flats are also recommended as they’re comfortable and look just as professional as heels do.
The next time you slip on a pair of high heels, think if your ankles are worth sacrificing for that cute boy next door.