The Space Between My Peers: Stiletto Heels

The Space Between My Peers

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Location: The Great Northwest

I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Stiletto Heels

Heretofore I have not been morally opposed to stiletto heels, anymore than I have been to flip-flops (which my husband claims are evidence that our society is in irrevocable decline). I may change my mind.

Observed when I was shoe-shopping at The Nordstrom Rack the other day, a fashionable-looking family unit:

Grandma (with blue and pink stiletto on her foot) to pre-school boy, "Wait, I want your mom to see this!"

Mom comes around corner with baby in sling, "Mom, you look like a street-walker."

Boy, "Grandma, take it off!"

Mom, again, "It's just not right. Even (insert young boy's name) knows it."

Exit, everyone laughing. Except me that is. I stand there gaping.

I'm still thinking about it. In preparation for this post, I found a report about stiletto heels being overwhelmingly associated with sex (click on the title of this post for the link). So why should women want to wear them in public?

Before I add stiletto heels to my list of What Not to Wear to Church, I'd love to hear from a few of you readers. Do you agree with the Nordstrom Rack shoe-mockers?


Anonymous Mom said...

We used to call them French Whore Shoes; but I thought that was because they were used as lethal weapons - either in-hand or on-foot. They do seem to give a nice profile to the foot and leg - unless you have to walk far, long or on rocks. Let us know what you decide.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Edie said...

I think stiletto heels should definitely be on your "What Not to Wear to Church" list. However, I think it would be appropriate to wear them if you were going somewhere relatively formal, like the opera. Of course, this depends on the type of outfit you're wearing. Stilettos and short skirts don't mix...ever.

Do I agree with the Nordstrom family? I think so. Anyone in the market for pink and blue shoes must either be a street-walker or under the age of 8.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Back in the day ('87 - '91), I wore 3" spiked heels to work every day. The kitchen floors in my apartments could attest to that (many little dents), as could my chiropractic history.

The lower heeled shoes were so ugly then (there are some really cute ones available now). I even wore them with short skirts. But that was the fashion at the time, for the type of work I was doing (clerical).

I *wish* I could wear higher heeled shoes now, but my back won't allow it. But I still don't think I would go for a super high spike. And yeah, when I see women wearing them I think they are trying to look sexy. But I'm OK with that. I never see them at church.

The thing about high heels is they make you stick your tush out. That's why guys look hotter in cowboy boots or even motorcycle boots. It makes them stick their tushies out too.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About stiletto heels...If I am picturing them in my head correctly, I think
they can really make an outfit look attractive and can be a nice asset. I
think they are classy and don't associate them with "sex". So, there is my
opinion. Does it help?

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stiletto Heels are a slim heel that comes in many heights. If they complement the outfit, they usually aren't that noticeable...unless they are 4 inches or higher, then maybe someone might pay attention. Sometimes I think women are too picky about what others are wearing to church instead of taking the time to get to know them. I know of friend of mine at work who was very offended at the church she was newly attending with her husband, when a woman approached her on her attire. Now mind you this was a very conservative business woman being approached who was already a Christian. What if it was someone who wasn't a Christian? I think we need to be very careful in how we conduct ourselves regarding do(s) and don'ts regarding fashion. Outwardly presenting ourselves as the Bride of Christ is important, but we must also be careful not to become judgmental of others, lest we fail Him with the more important task of witnessing to others. Have any of you thought that maybe some women dress the way they do at church because their husbands wish them to? And that they could be wearing what their husband had picked out for them to wear to church.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too think we need to be careful of how we judge the clothing of others. I happen to be short. My husband is a foot taller than I am, infact my nine year old is almost taller than I am. I wear healed shoes all the time. If I don't I am usually mistaken for a kid. I think that if the out fit is appopriate the shoes will be, even if they are high heels. I have been very offended at church by some one telling me I had to wear shirts that come to the neck or I can not serve. I move to a country far away it seems from California. I served 11 years there!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glamour Stiletto Run on high Heels. Moscow. Red Square. 08.07.2006

5:31 AM  

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