The Higher the Heel, the Closer to God?

Nordstrom"Look at that woman's shoes," I said to my husband last night as we waited in the valet line at The Palm.

She was standing on the sidewalk with a group of musicians, dressed to the groupie nines in a pair of sky-high platform stilettos, much like the Mary Jane Platform Louboutins (Nordstrom, $995) pictured here.

"WOW," Hubs said. "Those are ridiculous!"

"I know," I said admiringly, gazing at her with a mixture of envy and awe.

She looked so long and lean in her six-inch heels. So stylish. So edgy.

And then her car arrived and she turned and began to walk toward it ...

And, well.

Let's just say it was not good.


I mean, you couldn't really call what she was doing 'walking.'

A closer term would be 'stumbling.'

Her heels were so crazy high that when she moved, she looked like a first-timer on stilts.

My husband started laughing as we watched her lurch out into the street, clutching at her group of friends for support.

"You see what I mean?" he said. "Ridiculous."

"Hubs," I said witheringly. "That's the look. That's what's supposed to happen. The best shoes now are made for being photographed in. Moving around in them is another story."

It's true. The hottest celebs all wear impossibly high heels now -- Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian are a few notable members of the mile-high stilettos club. But while they look great in photographs, all three of them also have been teased in the media for not being able to walk in them. Lady Gaga has tripped and gone sprawling in hers. Kim Kardashian broke a toe after tripping in her Louboutin stiletto booties.

And I'm a bit embarrassed to say that our entire conversation came up last night after a 5-minute walk to the theater became a 15-minute one, due to the fact that I was wearing my highest platform heels and had to creep along at a snail's pace in order to not come out of them.

Our female ancestors fought societal battles to do away with everything from foot binding to corsets to dresses and skirts to bras. And now I wonder if we're undoing all their efforts -- by buying into the idea of wearing heels so high, we can't even properly walk in them.

They sure do look hot, though.

What's your opinion on the matter?


Image via Nordstrom

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