And by “high” I mean on some pretty powerful painkillers. That was illustrated for us by Emma Thompson at the Golden Globes.
And she’s not the only one (really only kind of) rebelling against high heels.
There were a lot of stories about it, and I don’t doubt that you saw them. Emma Thompson came on-stage to present an award, but she came barefoot and wearing her foot-killers. She then remarked that the oh-so-stylish (to those who seem to care about such things) red soles were really painted with her blood, from wearing the things.
You can see a bit more at Emma Thompson Throwing Her Shoes At The Golden Globes Was The Best Thing Ever.
That article also has an animated gif showing her running down the red carpet, because there’s no way to move quickly with such things. (And they really weren’t all that extreme, as high heels go.)
The funny thing is that this article followed just on the heels (heh, get it?) of another HuffPo article, It’s OK To Hate Wearing High Heels (Just Take It From These Famous Women). That article lists a bunch of famous women who hate high heels and say they hate high heels. Among them, Emma Thompson, model Cara Delevingne, Amy Poehler, and Elizabeth Olsen.
That article has Emma Thompson saying:
why do we wear them? They’re so painful. And pointless, really. You know, I really would like to urge everyone to stop it. Just stop it. Don’t wear them anymore.
Yet she didn’t take her advice, showing up at the red carpet wearing them again.
I could almost sympathize.
They are being subjected to the same peer pressure that everybody is just to wear shoes, and unless you are a barefooter, you really don’t do much about. You hear regular shoe-wearers complaining about just regular shoes hurting their feet, and how relieved they are to get them off, but they too just keep putting them back on and succumbing to peer pressure.
Note also a bit of classism here. Britney Spears goes barefoot—she’s white trash. Emma Thompson does it, it’s “the best thing ever.”
Juxtapose that with this article from over a year ago in the London Daily Mail: Not tonight dear, your feet are disgusting: Untamed toes are the biggest turn off for women. It notes that 2/5 of women find feet the most unattractive part of a man’s body. (Men, too, are susceptible to peer pressure, and their shoes also have all sorts of negative effects on their feet.)
But the article also notes that 2/3 of women are embarrassed by their feet (and 1/5 won’t go barefoot because their feet look so ugly—again, that’s shoe-wearing).
And of course the article contains the usual crap selling what is really an unrelated product.
The article correctly notes:
Skyscraper stilettos can cause ingrown toenails, unsightly blisters, corns and even shorten muscles in the calves and damage posture.
It’s not just stilettos, or even heels, but shoes. In general.
But the solution in the article?
The survey of 2,000 people was carried out by footcare brand Footner to mark the launch of their new exfoliating socks.
These causes the upper layer of hard foot skin to peel away removing any trace of hard skin build-up.
Yes, you read that right. Exfoliating socks. Despite misshapen toes, blisters, corns, and muscle damage, they’ve decided you need exfoliating sock, to remove hard skin (so you have a really hard time shedding the shoes and going barefoot).
The thing is, there’s really nothing wrong (or ugly) about hard skin. When it forms naturally on the bottom of the foot from going barefoot continuously, it blends right in and provides protection to the sole.
It would be nice if we saw more than lip-service to the pains of these actresses from wearing heels. But it ain’t gonna happen. It’s easier to talk the talk, than walk the walk. (Barefoot!)