Let me tell you about my lifelong preference for wearing flats over high heels. I think flats are super convenient, comfortable, and versatile.
That probably makes sense since I’m also the type of woman who doesn’t wear a lot of dresses, either. I’m much more of a pantsuit type of gal.
Perhaps that’s why I’ve grown so accustomed to wearing flats or the slightly heightened platform shoes that I’ve grown to love so much. Those make me feel powerful and invincible and give me a perhaps false air of elegance. In short, they make me feel like a career woman.
Nevertheless, I thought the idea of forcing myself to wear high heels for an entire week would be very interesting.
To be quite honest, I didn’t exactly have a big selection of high-heeled shoes to begin with, but I had enough to get through the entire week. I had at least half a dozen pairs of shoes that were 2 inches off the ground.
When I first slipped them on and walked around my apartment, I instantly felt more feminine and glamorous. How crazy is that? I quickly realized it was an internalization of suddenly feeling more fashionable, not to mention taller.
The clickety-clack sound the shoes made on the tile floor was divine. It reminded me of how much I loved that sound while walking down office building hallways.
After a couple of hours, I totally forgot about my little experiment, and it was just another day around the house. It was weird to not want to subconsciously kick them off in annoyance.
Sure, my feet felt tired, but not painfully tired like they tend to feel after a 14-hour day at Disneyland. The arch of my foot hurt a bit, and so did my ankle. My calves also felt like they had quite a workout.
It was interesting how wearing high heels also affected the way I carried myself around other people. They made me feel somewhat more confident and elegant, although I was essentially wearing the same jeans and blouses I wear on any other typical day. It was almost like the heels upped any outfit by default. If it was a cute outfit with flats, it became a great ensemble with high heels. Lesson learned.