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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

High Heels, Higher Education

I live in ballet flats at work, weekend trips and on most date nights. Ballet flats are my shoe staple for the entire year. Although I love the sass and look of high heels, they tend to sit in the back of my closet until I have to attend a formal event. High heels can be painful for my toes and sometimes heels can make me feel like I’m doing a work-out for my hamstrings. Wearing high heels on a daily basis can also pose some health risks like a sprained ankle or knee problems. To read more about how high heels can affect your health, please check out “Suffering for Beauty: High Heel Health Risks.”

High heels will never go out of fashion, but it seems like younger and younger girls are starting to wear heels. I remember girls in my high school wearing high heels to school for special occasions, but I see tweens and children as young as Suri Cruise, four year-old daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, are wearing high heels in public. In previous Girl Museum blog posts, we have discussed the pressure to wear certain clothes and make-up as a young girl. Are young girls also feeling the need to wear high heels? When did you start wearing high heels? Aside from playing dress-up and special occasions, would you let your young daughter wear high heels?  For another article on this topic, read "High Heels on Little Girls? Families, Doctors Fret About Dangers."

The Daily Mail recently reported that one can learn how to walk in high heels during a six-week course, specifically aimed at teenagers, at South Thames College. Learning how to walk in high heels correctly may prevent some health problems, but the course—titled 'Sexy Heels in the City'—claims to prepare young girls for the “business world and their social lives.” The instructor of this course, Chyna Whyne (author of Mastering The Art Of Wearing High Heels and former back-up singer to Elton John) claims her “life was made a misery because she was not taught how to walk in such shoes” at a young age.

Although the college is offering a unique course, the college is under fire from both British and U.S. critics because the instructor’s salary is subsidized by British taxpayers. Do you think this course will help build self-confidence? Or do you think this course is a waste of time and money?

-Samantha Bradbeer
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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