Last time I posted about experimenting with make-up. Today, I’m going to talk about another fashion experiment I participated in as a teenager: ridiculously high heels.
|Between the ages of about 12 and 19, I wore heels for 95% or more of the time, and bizarrely found it difficult to walk in flats. This made P.E. lessons very interesting. Those days are long gone, and during my twenties, I’d wear trainers whenever possible, and smart flat shoes (usually men’s) when the occasion called for it.
I had a pair of boots just like these, and because we were permitted to wear trousers at high school (how progressive), I could conceal the fact that they were boots and not the regulation shoes (let’s be honest, I was probably committing a greater uniform transgression by wearing 6″ heels, a ton of jewellery, and a Teletubbies badge on my frayed school tie).
And now, in my mid-thirties, I am That Woman Who Doesn’t Know How To Walk In Heels. I had to re-learn! Seven years of near constant stilt-walking, and my leg muscles had forgotten it all. But because I’m feeling more confident and interested in my appearance, I really want to give them another go. And anything that can boost my tiny stature can only be a good thing.
I’m definitely not a Girly Girl (hell, I’m not even sure if “girl” / “woman” is the right term), usually dressing in a very masculine style. But, you know, sometimes we all just want to be a sparkly princess.
I have a special shoe drawer at work (one of the pairs in there is my site boots, so I can totally justify this), with the full spectrum of heel heights. I have a pair of 6″ stilettoes which are very much Indoor Shoes – for now. I’m hoping that with enough practice, I will once again be able to strut through the streets of the city in the early hours, safe in the knowledge that my balance is intact, in spite of any alcohol imbibed.
So far, I’ve progressed from “newborn deer” to “wonky horse”, and long may my progress continue! The next step: high heels outdoors.