Here they are, stiletto heels, in red yet! Very sexy, very glamorous — and VERY VERY WRONG!
Men love when women wear them (but of course, you don’t catch the men actually wearing them). Women love them because — they’re comfortable? No. They’re practical? No. Women love them because men love them. YOUNG women especially love them.
Who, fifteen or twenty years down the line, will have deformed feet. They’ll have bunions and hammertoes and aches and pains in their feet like stilettos are stabbing, and baby! when your feet hurt, all of you hurts. But the concept of the future, of what will be rather than what is, doesn’t compute for young people. What matters is now. Look how sexy my legs look!
I know. I wore them, back in the day. Now, I hobble.
I don’t know about you, but when I read about the practice of foot-binding among the Chinese a century or more ago, I thought it was barbaric:
Deliberately compressing and shrinking women’s feet to dainty hoofs, the ideal of feminine beauty (and incidentally preventing the women from walking freely away, they had to hobble on sticks or be carried everywhere) — Unconscionable! Obviously a great wrong against women.
Is it wrong if women choose it? And just how freely is it chosen, when these are the seductions in shop windows? Is there any morality among fashion mavens, or manufacturers? I wonder.