When it comes to footwear, seniors and baby boomers have various viewpoints. Consider the example of high-heeled shoes for women. The older a woman gets, the more difficult is the challenge of donning high-heeled footwear . Yet senior women tend to be more traditional and may maintain a desire to wear high heels to church or on formal occasions.
Fashion experts, as a general rule, define high-heel footwear as shoes with an elevation of more than 3.5 inches. If it’s “only” 3 inches, it’s “just” a mid-heel. Go ahead and groan, ladies. The fashion experts setting these strict high-heel standards, of course, are men such as Maurizio and Paolo Gucci, and Jimmy Choo.
Who in the world invented high heels in the first place? One version is that the first wearers of high heels were men. As the Dark Ages gave way to the Renaissance so many moons ago, one great revelation among the fellas on horseback was that heels would help prevent their boots from slipping out of their stirrups. This can’t be proven, however, not even on the History Channel.
Which ethnic group of women first started to get all fashionable with their footwear, progressing (or regressing, if that’s your view) to higher and higher heels? Wouldn’t you know it, the French and the Italians were in the lead roles. In fact, there may have been a sort of a combo trend sparked in 1533 by Catherine de’ Medici. She was Queen of France, although she was of Italian stock, and she was really, really short. Therefore, legend has it, Catherine de’ Medici had a chat with her cobbler. The rest is history, or rather, herstory.
Podiatrists tell women that if they must wear high heels, they should try to reserve this footwear for special occasions, not for daily work in the office. High heels add stress not only to a woman’s feet, but also to the knees. Furthermore, the height of the heel isn’t the only concern. Some high-heel shoe styles also smash the toes together, which isn’t healthy either. Still, a quality high-heel shoe also can provide comfort…as long as not much walking is on the agenda.