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Cass
Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 5:29:31 PM
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I was watching a program that had a piece about Beyonce and how she dances on stage in five inch heels. I can't walk in five inch heels let alone dance in them. That set me thinking about shoes because I love shoes, I have loads of them and I love to buy them, but I am appalled at the height of the heels today. Not only the heels but the soles can be inches thick, reminding me of David Bowie in his heyday. Then there are those that are supposed to mimic Roman sandals, yuck. I recently tried to put on one of those shoes - impossible, almost as if I had fused arches.

I started this thread for two reasons:

1) We need something to discuss other than vil's (no offense to you, vil) phrase definitions and

2) I'd really like to know what the women of the forum think of the new fashions in shoes and guys..we need to hear what you think of them. I suppose most of you think the higher the heel the better, don't you. On the other hand they make a good weapon. An instep could really take a beating if you put your mind to it...and could keep your balance.

Apropos of nothing..some of you may remember when high-heeled shoes were called court shoes, and we're not talking basketball or tennis here.

Edit: After I had logged off I noticed that I had posted this in the wrong forum. I don't know how to change it so I apologize.
excaelis
Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 5:45:28 PM

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The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto ( sounds like a great day out fellas ) currently has an exhibit running titled ' On a Pedestal ' which deals with the heel thing. One of the exhibits is a Venetian 16th century chopine, a platform shoe 54cm. tall which would have been worn by a 12 year old aristocratic bride. So you're not so badly off Imelda -sorry- Cass. In the meantime, could you please help me with the interpretation of the phrase in bold in the preceding paragraph ? Thankyou for your efforts. Whistle
sassy28
Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 6:42:34 PM
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I'm a shoe lover! And I CAN dance with those high heels on :)
It is true that the heels are getting bigger and bigger, but it's all good because they me look slimmer :)
My younger sister likes to borrow my heels, but then regrets it and tells me, "how can you walk in those?!"
I do have to agree with you Cass on those Roman sandals, I don't like them at all, they're just not for me. Not to get off the topic here, but it seems like they are bringing back funky styles (that don't necessarily go with me): skinny jeans, plaid shirts, roman sandals, balloony tops and dresses, etc).
lemonk
Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 8:03:16 PM
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I'm a shoe lover too. I can dance and even run in high heels (though I think my highest are 4" - I'll have to measure when I get home).

Thanks for the Bata Shoe Museum info, excaelis. Their website is great - wish I could get to the "On a Pedestal" exhibit. (got the mini-dig...)

Investigator
Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 8:52:24 PM
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Who says high heels are for girls? I wear old fashioned western boots with riding heels that are about 3" tall.

Ex - not so badly off = could be worse or many you are middle class income!
lemonk
Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 9:12:56 PM
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Let's see if I'm better at posting links than I am a posting pictures (despite atiya's much appreciated help). This just appeared on Yahoo's main page:

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/the-ugliest-shoes-well-ever-2388563/#photoViewer=1

Some of them are pretty funny, others just darned ugly... Whistle
Babezy
Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 9:36:27 PM
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I remember ladies claiming that high heels "toned the legs," though the high-heel lovers were definitely a mixed bag in the toned-leg department. Personally I liked 3 inch heels in my heyday, but now I want to be comfortable--not dowdy, just not crippled up by the end of the evening. Women nowadays who can wear the super-high heels look great in them, but walking in them is an art. Those who haven't mastered the art look very awkward in the stilty shoes, sort of walking as if they're climbing an incline, but with the ground being flat. Shoe stores should hold classes in high-heel walking.

There aren't many calf/ankle types that are flattered by Roman sandals, IMHO.

AnthA1G
Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 10:34:11 PM

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How I wish to be as witty as you, excaelis. Applause Applause

On another note, I can't stand high heels. It doesn't really look better than sandals (they look better than sneakers though), women have to take intensive courses just to get used to the darn shoes, and I prefer women to be as comfortable as possible. I once heard (I think it was on this forum) that guys who like high heels and big boobs, most of the time, are jerks. Silenced Whistle Anxious
excaelis
Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 10:49:57 PM

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Oh you're too kind. Who me ? No ? Gee shucks ! On a more serious note Anth, I think you'll find that guys who like high heels and big boobs most of the time are called transsexuals. Govern yourself accordingly, especially on your Vegas trip. Whistle
Atiya
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:13:55 AM
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I love shoes too. I like both the heels and the flats. These days the roman sandals are my favourite.


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redsxz
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:14:10 AM
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Chop off all heels in the world, get rid of the tyranny! But then all our women's heights will decrease by at least 20 centimeters...
gradyone
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:40:12 AM

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Cass wrote:
and guys..we need to hear what you think of them. I suppose most of you think the higher the heel the better, don't you.

Sorry for the delay, Cass. I was trying to get my ropers off but my wife was asleep.

Speaking of whom, my wife told me, back when she was a petite 103 lb whirlwind in high heels, that women dress for other women so they can either snub the competition or merely keep track of them -- but that's a different topic. As for me, I love the way wearing high heels enhances the curve of a woman's lower back, making her derriere ostensibly audacious. At the same time I worry about the long term effects that walking, not to mention dancing, in them have on that same lower back. A man needs to keep his priorities straight.
I'll gladly escort my wife for all our days while she wears sensible shoes if it means the spring in her back stays healthy for the same duration. So far, so good.
srirr
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:53:07 AM

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Ha ha ha !
Cass, when I logged in the morning today, I was thinking the same. How much our Vil power has increased? Oops! or will power?

Sorry Vil, nothing personal.

And now from the Vil power or will power, let us get on the heel power. I think looking tall is always considered to be prettier. That's why girls and even boys prefer heels. Although boys are more inclined on high soles than heels only. A high heel can make you feel high. And who does not want to rise?
AnthA1G
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 2:11:29 AM

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Atiya:


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I think this one looks good, will see if my girl likes it (even though Fall is just a block away), thanks for sharing, Atiya.

redsxz:
Chop off all heels in the world, get rid of the tyranny! But then all our women's heights will decrease by at least 20 centimeters...


If heels disappeared, it would be a better world for us midgets haha. I'm pretty short so I wouldn't mind if women [miraculously] started to get shorter...Pray Drool

excaelis:
Oh you're too kind. Who me ? No ? Gee shucks ! On a more serious note Anth, I think you'll find that guys who like high heels and big boobs most of the time are called transsexuals. Govern yourself accordingly, especially on your Vegas trip.


Hey I'm no expert on the subject but I think transsexuals just want a pair of boobs, not necessarily big. Anxious
blue2
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 2:56:37 AM

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I think that high-heels do look good, at a reasonable height that is. Too high and they lose any elegance they might have had especially if the wearer (hey could be a man) looks like they are walking through a muddy field.

Personally I think some clothes demand some sort of a high heel. Some dresses look ridiculous with flats particularly on a special occasion.

I cannot wear anything above 7cm (about 2.7 inches) and even that's a struggle especially since that day 2 years ago when some idiot open his car door and knocked me off my bike. So they are saved for special occasions, going out and even then I make sure I don't have to walk much.

redsxz
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:00:32 AM
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Lol Anth, you can be a champion of the heel decimating crusade.
srirr
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:03:47 AM

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We should not forget the health issues related to high heel shoes. A pointed high heel or flat high heel, both can be dangerous although the latter is lesser. It can lead to many foot problems.
grammargeek
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:15:13 AM
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srirr wrote:
We should not forget the health issues related to high heel shoes. A pointed high heel or flat high heel, both can be dangerous although the latter is lesser. It can lead to many foot problems.


What is a flat high heel?
peterhewett
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:15:25 AM
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I see nothing wrong with high heels if in moderation... even men add to their heels to get height. It is all a matter of taste. Sometimes flat shoes, I think, make a woman look dumpy.

What I do think is a bit silly is when a very tall woman wears very high heels... makes her look like an electricity pylon. But you can't help but look up to a woman like that.
peterhewett
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:17:47 AM
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GG asks:

What is a flat high heel?

peter says: A junkie supine.
Atiya
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:27:17 AM
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grammargeek wrote:


What is a flat high heel?


Something like this ( also known as platform heels)



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srirr
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:32:23 AM

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Atiya made it clear. Some also look like this

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Peter, what is junkie supine? Is it same what Atiya or I have shown?


peterhewett
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 5:12:42 AM
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Srirr. A play on words. GG asked what is a flat high heel since it seems to be on the face of it an oxymoron.

A heel= shabby run down poor

Supine= lying flat

Junkie= drug addict


Ergo 'a flat high heel'
SnehaJain
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 6:07:01 AM
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Talking about high heels... look what I stumbled upon (literally)

http://www.mtv.com/photos/vma-2010-lady-gaga-lookbook-mtv-style/1647403/5198099/photo.jhtml

I find 'em hideous and hilarious.
srirr
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 6:10:42 AM

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Sneha, how could she walk?
Atiya
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 6:11:40 AM
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SnehaJain wrote:
Talking about high heels... look what I stumbled upon (literally)

http://www.mtv.com/photos/vma-2010-lady-gaga-lookbook-mtv-style/1647403/5198099/photo.jhtml

I find 'em hideous and hilarious.


Hideous ??
This is what is hideous.



Atiya
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 6:15:42 AM
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Any PETA member around ?


redsxz
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 6:24:31 AM
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An artistic waste of meat. I don't like PETA though I am against animal cruelty.
SnehaJain
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 6:59:11 AM
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Atiya, I saw this one too.. its unbelievable that she wore real meat.. Brick wall Brick wall

Srirr, by her looks she seems quite capable of doing stuff, don't you think so?
srirr
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 7:05:39 AM

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SnehaJain wrote:
Atiya, I saw this one too.. its unbelievable that she wore real meat.. Brick wall Brick wall


Thankfully she wore something.

SnehaJain wrote:
Srirr, by her looks she seems quite capable of doing stuff, don't you think so?


To be honest, I don't look at her.
SnehaJain
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 7:07:49 AM
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oh that must be hard to ignore this one! I was lucky enough not to watch VMAs afterall
kamalraj
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 7:16:33 AM
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Sexy lady but her shoes are awful...
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 8:01:37 AM
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I go with that wise mailmain Cliff Clavin (sp?) - the essence of life is a pair of comfortable shoes.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 8:36:35 AM

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Heels? What heels?
We Finns still use tuohivirsut.


redsxz
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 8:55:44 AM
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Those look...uncomfortable.
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