Monday, November 3, 2008

The American Form of Chinese Foot Binding*

bad for the toes and bad for the knees (just ask older women who have had knee replacement surgery)

Series: Ask Hadley
Hadley Freeman can ease your fashion pain

* Hadley Freeman
* The Guardian, UK
* Monday November 3 2008

I am a woman but I hate wearing high heels. Is there any hope for me?

Sara Miller, by email

On women wearing high heel shoes

Legs shoved up on weird little toothpicks, forcing the knees to go all bandy-like and the lower spine to be crushed downwards, are not. The legs are meant to be longer naturally, not attenuated by you standing on your tiptoes, see? High heels may be synonymous with sexy but the grumpiness, pain and immobility that tend to be high heels' side-effects mitigate any of the alleged sexiness the shoes bring. Just as there is something very disturbing about seeing a woman whose waist is half the circumference of her hips (as anyone who's seen a photo of Dita von Teese romping naked - and who hasn't? - knows), is there not something comical about seeing a room full of women trotting about on their tippy toes?  MORE

link to photo

*if someone else comes up with this phrase you know they got it from dreamacttexas

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