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Shoe fashion - are you kidding me?
Hi all,

I’d like to know what you think about the latest shoe fashion with over 10 centimeters heels (5 inches)?

I’ve never tried such high heels and feel that fashion today is persecuting women in a similar way to the Chinese bounded feet (they used to bind the feet of their little girls while growing up so that their feet stay “beautifully” small, which amounted to deformed feet and great suffering of the Chinese women). The difference is that today, it is up to us, which I admit is a big difference. But maybe I am prejudiced, has anyone tried and think it is possible to spend a few hours on those without necessarily rushing to take a cab?

When heels get this high, I agree, they are significantly restrictive to movement. Like corsets, skirts which are tight at the knee, long drapey sleeves which drag through soup, elaborate nails which prevent typing, headfuls of rollers which interfere with each of these cases movement is significantly circumscribed.

Having watched many people in elaborate ensembles (myself included), I now think that perhaps these are a way of reacting against wildness -- drawing tenuous fences which separate people from animals and fetishing these fences as a way of defining the human, making them as exotic and complicated and restrictive as possible. Some things in culture are deeply beautiful and contribute to one's self-creation and self-understanding by encouraging movement, reaching, exploration, understanding, rhythm; and some things are strangely hostile to life, taking pleasure in the construction of walls, in holding back and restraining.

This kind of behavior shows up in many places. People who feel the need to enforce some kind of separation (between sexes, races, classes, cultures, sides of the railway tracks...) often develop elaborate rituals to distinguish themselves and afterwards hold onto these rituals for dear life as a kind of self-definition -- the rituals become set in stone, or to use another word, fundamentally restrictive.

I'm not an anarchist at all, I should say: there's nothing inherent in systems, in organization and culture, that can't be both productive and aesthetically pleasing. But sometimes, as when looking at the photos you quote, Anita, there's an aftertaste of an entirely different kind: not the productive energy of creativity and culture, but the prohibitive, exclusive feeling of restriction and, I would also add, fear.
Hi Anita, Solveig,

I'm not sure how to take the following video:

It is funny, but it is a strange performance these women are taking part in, and like you say Solveig, it is in some way showing a height of cultivation and distance from the wild.
On the other hand, how different is it from bike racing? Both are - look what I can do, and how I can sustain suffering.
Thoughts aside - funny video. (Notice for instance the catty brushing aside the other woman to get the win. That wouldn't fly unless they were on high heels, which is then, I assume, expected as part of the costume.) 
I just wanted to bring to your attention that this topic continues in: wearing high heels, with some nice comments.
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