High Heels and the appeal of the Somali LadyMay 23, 2007 at 5:07 pm | Posted in Relationships | Leave a comment
Dear Nomads, I have lately noticed that all of our ladies, whether young or old have adopted a habit of wearing high heels eventhough some of them have a hard time walking on them, including myself,
So any ideas as to what have created it, did it become a fashionable style, don’t they know that it has some connotations to it as this article indicates,
The western style of living, wuu ka waaley dadkeena in the diaspora, alloow noo naxariiso
High and Mighty
The vampish appeal of high heels
By Anne Erickson
The quintessential high-heel moment happens in the finale of the movie Grease. Good girl Sandy decides to transform herself into a bad girl. She trades her full skirt and sweater set for skin-tight pants and an off-the-shoulder T-shirt. But more importantly, she trades her flats for a pair of red mules with towering heels.
Her somewhat reluctant boyfriend, Danny, sees Sandy in all of her newly sleazy glory and falls to the dirt, groveling lustfully. She flicks a cigarette to the ground, squashes it out with that dangerous-looking shoe, and then mock-kicks her man in the chest with the same spike-clad foot.
Dancing and singing commence (Grease is, after all, a musical), but we all know what Sandy and Danny are doing as the credits roll…
High heels often play a supporting role in life’s more suggestive scenes. “They’re the most dramatic fashion a woman can wear,” says Bruce Gray, an L.A. artist who sculpts 6-foot-tall spike heels and curates an online homage to these sexy shoes (www.highheelmuseum.com).
The most recent crop of slim stiletto heels all send the same message. It doesn’t matter what age you are. When you slip into a pair of these, you’re temporarily trading the good girl for the vamp.
Stilettos for 20-somethings: The woman credited with being the ‘mother’ of high heels, Catherine de Medici, was only 15 when she followed a courtesan’s advice and wore them during her 16th-century wedding to create the illusion of maturity.
Some things never change. This season’s slim stilettos are very grown-up, and quite a departure from the funky platforms of the past. Roman-style straps that climb up the leg will add some playfulness to this look. Even the King of Chunky Heels—Steve Madden—has a skinny-heeled sandal with gladiator straps this summer.
Stilettos for 30-somethings: You’ve been around long enough to avoid that “I’m playing dress-up with mommy’s shoes” look. And you probably know how to walk in these babies by now. If you want a break from being a mommy yourself, slip into something red. “Red is always the best color for high heels,” says Gray, who favors a fire-engine shade for his oversized shoe sculptures. Calvin Klein has a red stiletto with a thin ankle strap that’ll get a lot of attention if you wear it out for the evening. If you buy these and you have a daughter, I guarantee she’ll steal them for her own dress-up adventures.
Stilettos for 40-somethings: Did you know that high heels make your booty protrude by about 25%? Don’t believe me? Stand up right now, put your hands on your upper butt, and go up on your tiptoes. Pretty amazing, huh? Add some sex appeal to slacks for the office with a slim pair of black Chanel pumps boasting a thin, metal heel that’s the opposite of corporate casual. And if you wobble on those three-inch heels, steel yourself with this knowledge: Bruce Gray has a pair of non-platform, 7-inch heels in his possession. “Most women can’t even wear them, they’re just too high.”
Stilettos for 50-somethings: Of course any podiatrist would advise against wearing high heels in the first place, but Gray disagrees. “Most people in the know say you shouldn’t be wearing them all the time, but for special occasions it’s okay.” If comfort is a priority, look for a pump instead of a strappy sandal, and just wear these sexy beasts for short stints. Helmut Lang has a pump that’s plain, black and pointy as heck. And, unlike some sandals, you can slip these off under the table where no one can see!