Did you see that Carrie Underwood injured herself in concert a few days ago?
You know if she’d been barefoot it would have really reinforced in everybody’s minds how dangerous bare feet are.
Except, of course, she injured herself because she was wearing 5-inch stiletto heels. That’s okay, right?
What happened is that she was wearing a cape-like shirt. As she stepped back while singing, the heel of her shoe got caught in the hem of the shirt.
That’s one of the well-known hazards of high heels. There are scads of lawsuits from when women get their heels caught in small cracks or holes or the like.
In this case, she lost her balance and fell over backwards.
Here’s the video of the fall.
Actually, she did more than fall over backwards. She also sprained her ankle in the process. Here’s a picture she tweeted with her foot in a soft cast.
The thing is, these sorts of accidents are accepted as just a normal part of wearing heels. Nobody tries to ban high heels from entering store, with overly-concerned store employees saying, “We’re just trying to protect you.” They don’t say, “It’s for your own safety.”
They don’t do that with a patronizing tone of voice as if they’re just too stupid to realize the risk they are putting themselves into.
And you don’t get judges saying that the cost of that medical care gives the state a reason for banning high heels because of the financial burden it imposes on society, as happened in my library lawsuit in the case of bare feet.
Store employees also don’t make up excuses against high-heeled customers, claiming they cannot wear them for liability reasons. But such store employees have no problem doing that to barefooted customers, even though the risks in a store (or the like) to a barefooter is nowhere near the risk to high-heeled customers. Furthermore, barefooters are not ruining their feet the was high heel users are. (Notice in that photo that Carrie already looks to have a pretty good case of hallux valgus going on.)
It sure would be nice if high heels were treated as the hazard that they are, and bare feet weren’t treated as a hazard when they aren’t.
But don’t hold your breath.