High Heels Are Not A Must

By Liza Williams

If you find high heels uncomfortable or unnatural, don’t wear them.  If your friends are all wearing heels, no matter, you can be different.  There’s no need to follow the fashions or copy your friends and colleagues, and sometimes it’s actually better not to.  Here are some great reasons to avoid the heels you hate and wear flats or low heels instead, or whatever style feels right.

High Heels Aren’t Always Elegant
High heels can look awesome, but they can also look cumbersome and unflattering if the fitting’s not quite right, or the style doesn’t suit the wearer.  Such problems can cause hobbling and stumbling, and slow your walking pace, canceling out the intended elegance.  Excessively high heels can also interfere with your natural posture.  The effort of balancing on such thin spikes can sometimes result in hunched shoulders or a protruding bust and backside.  All in all, uncomfortable high heels can be worse than pointless.

Be  Yourself
High heels can look awesome, but they can also look cumbersome and unflattering if the fitting’s not quite right, or the style doesn’t suit the wearer.  Such problems can cause hobbling and stumbling, and slow your walking pace, canceling out the intended elegance.  Excessively high heels can also interfere with your natural posture.  The effort of balancing on such thin spikes can sometimes result in hunched shoulders or a protruding bust and backside.  All in all, uncomfortable high heels can be worse than pointless.

Preserve Your Body
Whatever your reason for avoiding high heels, you’ll be doing your body a favor.  When your heels are raised up, they put pressure on your toes and other parts of your foot, especially when walking.  The muscles in your ankles, legs and back may also be strained, and possibly even damaged or deformed in the long term.  Pain, discomfort and inconvenience can ensue, but when you avoid high heels, you avoid all such problems.  Comfortable shoes that you can run and jump in will have the opposite effect, supporting your body’s natural powers.

Flats Can Look Fantastic
While high heels may be popular, flats and low heels can often be more flattering.  They look neat with trousers, leggings, long skirts and beachwear, for instance, and can give the wearer an air of athletic agility.  A low heel shows off the natural grace of leg and foot and enables an easy, flowing stride.  Flats can also look dainty and offer a pleasing simplicity.

Set An Example
If you prefer flatter shoes to high heels, you’re not the only one.  Rest assured there are plenty of others who feel like you, even amongst your friends perhaps, and by taking a stand, you’ll be helping them.  Branching out from group style can feel awkward at first, even in a small matter like heel height, but your example will embolden others to live out their preferences, too.  Don’t be surprised if the smartest dressers in your gang start admiring your alternative footwear.

Wear shoes you feel right in, and you’ll keep the spring in your step. Let the true you shine out, and you’ll look great, high heels or no.

 

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