There is no doubt about it, many woman LOVE to wear heels. There is something so magical about them. They can transform you into a confident, sexy, unstoppable force! Ok, am I being too dramatic? Well, maybe...maybe not! Victoria Beckham has been quoted saying, "I can't concentrate in flats". And my beloved Marilyn Monroe said, "Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world". She also said, "Keep your head, heels, and standards high". (Wasn't she also the one who said, "Diamonds are a girls best friend?"...dang, smart gal she was!) Anyway, my point is, shoes...the right shoes (umm, HEELS!) are important!
I love fashion and love watching what celebrities wear. It's funny, I don't really follow their personal lives at all, don't care to, but I do love seeing their outfits! And I know that celebrities for sure are obsessed with high heels! It seems like no matter where they go, they are rockin' the highest of high heels! I would be so jealous of their closets!
I recently collected some photos of female celebs who are known for their love of heels. Since I quoted Victoria Beckham, I'll start off with her first. I totally love her fashion sense! She is by far, one of my favorite fashion icons! In fact, back a few years ago, I totally copied her hair style! Ya know that short in the back, long in the front thing? Oh yeah, it was her pictures (along with "Kate" from Kate Plus 8) that I brought pictures in to my hair stylist, saying "this is what I want!". Anyhow, I love how Victoria pairs her shoes with her outfits. They almost always make a huge statement and many times her heels seem to be the focus of her entire look! She pulls them off so fabulously!
I kinda can't stand the Kardashians...I mean, I don't know, they just seem annoying, but whatever...I must say sometimes those Kardashians girls have amazing style! (Yeah, I'm sure they pay some eccentric fashion guru for their personal wardrobe advice, but that's besides the point, lol) I notice that Kim in particular, loves them high heels! Even with a huge preggo belly, she was still sportin' 4 inch stilettos! (Let's not forget the paparazzi even caught her nearly taking a tumble because of her crazy heels- careful Kim!)
Jennifer Lopez usually has pretty good style. In fact, just this week, I found of super gorgeous dress from her clothing line! I can't wait to wear it! I love how here in this photo, she has a very casual look, but the sunglasses and heels make it totally glamorous! I love how accessories can do that!
Now, one celeb gal who really does not need to wear heels is Taylor Shift. She is so tall, with heels she seems to tower over everyone. But being just under 5'10" myself, I feel I can relate. I have dated guys that would tell me not to wear heels because I would be a lot taller than them. This is why I need to find a tall handsome fella so I can wear my heels and not feel like an Amazon woman! I swear though, with heels I think Taylor Swift must be about 6'3". But hey, rock on, Taylor! I am glad she doesn't think "oh I'm too tall to wear heels". She likes what she likes, and who cares if she is taller than everyone else! Look at those beautiful long legs!
Alright, now I think everyone knows the down side of heels. I really hate that there is one, but there is. High heels are bad for your feet and back. Seeing as that I suffer from major chronic back pain, I know all too well that wearing heels can be horribly painful. In fact, as much as I love heels, a lot of times I just can't physically do it. Actually, I really never should (because of my injury) but sometimes it hurts to be beautiful and I do it anyway. Also, some heels can really be painful on your feet and toes, just because of the way they contort them inside the shoe. One in 10 women wear high heels at least three days a week and a third have fallen while wearing them. Statistics show that high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women, with up to a third suffering permanent problems as a result of prolonged wear. Ouch. Yet, we keep wearing them?!? We love our high heels so much that we are willing to cause permanent damage?!? "Extended wear of high heels and continually bending your toes into an unnatural position can cause a range of ailments, from ingrown toenails to irreversible damage to leg tendons. Additionally, cramming your toes into a narrow toe box can cause nerve damage and bunions," says Dr. Nevins. "High heels have also been linked to overworked or injured leg muscles, osteoarthritis of the knee, plantar fasciitis and low back pain," she adds. Geez, it's sorta crazy when you think about it...but it shows you just how much these mean to woman.
I say, let's at least try to be a somewhat smart about this. Here are a few tips to still wearing heels, but being as smart about it as possible...
- Limit wearing heels for special occasions and not when you know you are going to have to walk a lot.
- Keep a pair of flats handy to change into if needed...Dr.Scholl's actually has a special product called "Fast Flats", in which you can keep these foldable flats in your handbag for when feet get tired or sore. (see pic below)
- Practice walking in heels if you're not used to it. Wobbly walking isn't good. Try walking "heel to toe", meaning place your heel down first when taking steps.
- Change your high heel walking gate, meaning have a different way of walking when you're in heels. Smaller steps may help your balance and comfort.
- As much as we love HIGH heels, try limiting it to 2" or 3". Anything higher will be more likely to cause damage to your feet.
Let's love our heels, but love our bodies too! Stay beautiful my lovelies! Happy Friday!