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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,064
1/30/13 2:27 P

I agree Reyningsunshine. I balance my platform heels with a prim and proper church dress. I don't own any club type clothes. (not that there is anything wrong with that)

I don't live in Montana but I do live near Washington DC. Where you will see women walking down the street in power suits and sky high heels

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1/30/13 1:31 P

Guess what, GrizGirl?

I live in Montana, too, while I'm going to school.

I totally respect that you don't like heels, but I think it's silly that you put a negative label on them. My 4" pumps are black and velvet-like. They look incredibly classy, actually. My wedge booties are a bit more edgy, but I don't wear them in a way that would be considered "trampy."

You can dress heels to look classy, elegant, edgy, or trashy... How a person wears the heels will define their level of looking trashy... I wear minimal make up, my hair isn't obscene, and I cover myself up. I've seen many people look infinitely more trashy wearing sandals (especially on my college campus)... If you exude the aura of a tramp, people will probably consider you trampy, and vice versa.

Point is, shoes are shoes, and they aren't trashy necessarily, and while they may not be for you, why start labeling it as a bad thing for other people?

Just wanted to say, I haven't worn them out yet, but I am able to walk really well on mild hills and flat surfaces in my wedges- yay!! I was going to wear them today, but I heard it was going to snow and didn't want to gamble on anything but boots :P

BEY220 Posts: 5,007
1/30/13 11:11 A

I personally like flats emoticon

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,064
1/30/13 11:09 A

Hey GrizGirl, to each their own.

I certainly enjoy wearing a nice fitting pair of jeans and a pretty blouse with sandals. My Bear Paw sandals see more action than the heels in my closet.

I also love my heels and it doesn't bother me that some people think my five and a half inch platform heels are hooker heels or stripper shoes. I don't dress for anyone but me.


Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 1/30/2013 (13:12)
I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
1/30/13 11:01 A

Griz- High heels are not trampy, they are sexy but so are jeans, so all that wear jeans are tramps?

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (185,477)
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1/30/13 10:53 A

High heels are evil! I thought women had grown-up & matured past the need to be trampy after all the equal rights movements in the 60s & 70s....but then Sex & The City makes it imperative that women wear heels again to look nice.

Ridiculous. When I want to dress up I wear my nicest pair of jeans & a cute blouse...with muckers in the winter & flowered sandals in the summer. No high heels required. Thank god I live in Montana, where most women don't fall for "fashion" silliness.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,064
1/30/13 10:51 A

I adore high heels. The higher the better. I only wear them to church and special occasions. Since they are for church I say "The higher the heel the closer to Heaven."

90% of the time I am in flats, sneakers or comfortable orthopedic looking shoes. Really flat shoes hurt my feet more than my 5 1/2 inch platform heels.

A couple weeks ago I got these, but mine were $17

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
1/30/13 10:48 A

Before the fitness craze I could always tell a woman who wore heels often because they have nice calves. They do shape the leg. I love heels but did not wear them enough to make a difference. I think the difference is the ones that wear them more then not. I am a homemaker so I am out of them more then in them.

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1/30/13 10:40 A

I LOVE heels, I like the way I feel in them and the way they make my legs look (I'm only 5'4 but fortunately have long looking legs). The hubby is 6'3 so I can wear them (and prefer them) as high as possible (I could not handle being taller than any partner, it was one of my essentials when looking for a partner, if he wasn't taller, I wasn't interested)

Only downside is my job is NOT a heel friendly place, but then again when I do get to wear them it's even more special!

07SOJO Posts: 1,652
1/30/13 10:40 A

Wow, I've never walked in 5 inch heels! The most for me has been 3 inches. I do find that I have to keep my balance while walking in heels.

FOXMOON Posts: 822
1/30/13 10:34 A

I'm 5'3", and I wear heels only for dressy occasions. I own a few pairs of anywhere from 4"-6". I also have a pair of 8" ones I wore one Halloween... those were a trip. Literally!

I wear boots daily, either platforms or Doc Marten style, so my feet are usually on stable ground 99% of the time.

128PERFECT Posts: 3,026
1/30/13 6:56 A

I say yes. I do not wear anything less than 4 inch heal and I must say my calves are probably the only thing on me that is fit and tone.

ANNEDY1 SparkPoints: (24,551)
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1/29/13 1:38 P


JUSTKLH Posts: 1,489
1/29/13 1:21 P

I love a stiletto for going out. They make your legs and butt look nice, but I never felt toned after I took them off. I know they can cause foot and leg issues because of the unnatural positioning of the feet and legs so within the last couple of years I have tried to limit the time I wear them

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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1/29/13 1:11 P

Used to, but not any more. Nearly wrecked my feet as a teen and young adult!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/29/13 1:07 P

If it were up to my Chiro, he would burn every heel ever made. They absolutely do not tone. They actually throw your arch and spine out of whack. That being said, I do own plenty of them. Price of fashion? Maybe.

MAURMAUR Posts: 548
1/29/13 12:49 P

i love heels, but i don't think they tone your legs at all. if you aren't use to wearing them, chances are you'll do more sitting than walking in them until you get used to them ;).

practice makes them easier to move in, but i think some people just can't do them at all. i'm glad that i can, because they make me feel good to wear them!

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1/29/13 11:32 A

Just like everything else, people are different. My oldest sister always wore 3" spikes to work and dress but now wears very flat slippers most of the time, but still drags out the spikes for dress. I lived in 2-1/2" heels from dawn til bed for work and dress. Now wear mostly gym shoes, but still drag out the 2"-ers for dress. I cannot wear very flat shoes/slippers/sandles, backless shoes, flip-flops/thongs or anything without some struckture nor the slippers that have a 1" cushioned sole.
If a person has foot problems (my Mom wore only 1" dress heels and walking shoes), the person must fit their feet not fashion. If heels are compfortable,when the heels come off do a few calf stretches.

1/27/13 4:38 P

No. I go for comfort first!

1/27/13 4:21 P

when I was heavier I never wore high heels.... they hurt my feet too much! However, now, I pretty much stick to a lower high heel - a couple inches at most, and usually not spike heels. And not if I have to stand or walk a long time - then I'll switch to flats or my walking shoes.

TRACYLYNN853 Posts: 490
1/27/13 4:14 P

I don't wear them very often. They hurt my feet! But I do have a few pairs.

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
1/27/13 3:44 P

A word of caution--wearing high heels can and do create foot problems later on in life. I am an example of that. Wished I had known that at that time in my life.

1/27/13 3:21 P

My gf wears these kinds of shoes in the summer:

She said it's just a matter of knowing how to balance yourself, she's never mentioned anything about her abs or leg strength to wear them.

MNNICE Posts: 16,685
1/27/13 1:44 P

I love wearing heels, but not when I have to walk any distance. I wear my walking shoes to walk to work, then change to heels when I get there. They are perfectly comfortable while sitting at my desk! :)

ASHLEYGILLE SparkPoints: (12,745)
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1/27/13 12:48 P

My favs (if I only wear for a short time) are heels with platforms... My sister-in-law laughed the last time I wore them and said, "Either you're growing or I'm shrinking!" lol. As for the street walker and stripper heels, go ladies, go! :) lol You rock!

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/27/13 12:42 P

I have some 3" clear plastic heels that I loving refer to as my "stripper shoes." Although, someone told me in order to qualify as "stripper shoes" they need to be at least 6."

SHERRIE59 SparkPoints: (54,049)
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1/27/13 12:39 P

I always love my heels but in the past couple of years, having to spend more times on my feet, high heels are a pain in the tail at nights..... These days, I pay for comfort and a bit of style....not heels.

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1/27/13 12:34 P

Sill love the 2-3" heels. Had 1 pair of 4" years ago. They were great (DH was 6'5' & I'm 5'4")
Few ocassions to wear heels now and I do I have to be careful with balance issues.
I love my red heels. Heard radio discussion once and a man called and said red heels were worn only by "women of the evening." So, I always called my red heels "street walker shoes."

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/27/13 12:30 P

These are the ones that I got. My sister got some similar ones, but the ones that tie. THEY ARE SO CUTE! *squeee!!!!*
I am NOT a shoe fanatic, but I love finding pretty shoes THAT I CAN WEAR!

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (185,477)
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1/27/13 12:26 P

I don't wear high heels...blech.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/27/13 12:07 P

Does that mean that it's important to stick your butt out? I was never taught how to walk in heels. Mom's kind of a hippy.

1/27/13 11:57 A

I was taught that when wearing high heels (2-3" max) it is important to stay in a pelvic tilt. I can't deny that high heels make me feel sexy and I especially love red high heels. Perhaps when I am light again I will give it a try.

1/27/13 10:59 A

I wore out on high heels many years ago. I prefer flats anyway because they enable me to put in more miles at a faster rate. For special occasions, lower heels work, but they still kill my feet. You certainly need to build up tolerance to them. If they do in fact tone, you may be only toning certain muscle groups. I don't see them as a substitute for more convential leg exercises however.

MLAN613 Posts: 17,771
1/27/13 10:18 A

I really don't wear high highs. I just don't find them practical, especially since I experience winter where I live and icy sidewalks and high heels just not a good combination.

SCHOPPEK Posts: 1,183
1/27/13 9:19 A

I love high heel, but can't wear them anymore. I don't think there's a toning thing happening, just the weird distortion of your legs.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
1/27/13 9:08 A

I don't know about the toning aspect, but since I lost weight, I've bought a few that I wear to work (I don't walk a lot there) or church, but I don't often go out walking in them, because the area is rather rough, and I'd rather not turn my ankle.

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1/27/13 8:54 A

I wear heels regularly to work and while I love the way they look, by the end of the day my feet are killing me so I've tried to stop wearing super high ones. I've never felt like they worked my calves or my butt though.

ASHLEYGILLE SparkPoints: (12,745)
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1/27/13 8:51 A

Being 5' 2 1/4", I find high heels to be my best friend! :) You're right, not always the easiest to walk in though... Buy, hey, you found an awesome deal! :) Practice walking a bit then enjoy!

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/27/13 8:35 A

A podiatrist actually recommended that I learn to wear lowish wedges or heels because of plantar fasciitis and a deflated(?) arch.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
1/27/13 8:33 A

I wonder how women who wear 4 inch and higher heels can even walk at all!

Seems so unnatural to keep your feet at that impossible angle!

That can't be good for our feet!

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/27/13 8:25 A

I bought some of those sneaker wedges from Target. OMG. I lust them. My goal is to get light enough to walk in them without looking like a tool. I used to be able to wear wedges, no problem, when I was a little lighter. I don't know how well wearing heels tones our legs, but it does jack the booty up some and make it poke out a little more-which is AWESOME, and make your legs look longer.

Edited by: GLITTERFAIRY77 at: 1/27/2013 (08:26)
BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/27/13 7:35 A

No but just walking up hills, stairs etc will tone up your calves; also spinning

DENRNAJ SparkPoints: (111,697)
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1/27/13 5:17 A

I only wore high heels in the past to impress men. Now since I don't care what men think of me I wear what I feel comfortable in! Too much of a chance that I'll wind up with an injury- my running is more important

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1/27/13 4:59 A

Gave them up many years ago emoticon

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
1/27/13 4:53 A

I haven't worn high heels in ages, they kill my feet and legs. The highest I go is maybe a 2 inch for special occasions.

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1/26/13 11:57 P

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Yes, and I love high heels.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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1/26/13 11:46 P

lol... no. "Toning" doesn't work that way, any more than those silly toning shoes did. (Toning's a marketing term, anyway.) The reason your calves feel worked is because they're being stretched in unnatural ways for longer periods of time. :) It's the unaccustomed challenge of using your muscles in ways you don't normally use them.

In fact, women who regularly wear high heels often find that their calves are harmed long-term by their use.

I think you'll find this recent article revealing:

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/26/2013 (23:50)
FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
1/26/13 11:02 P

I wish I could wear heels. I keep buying them and they just sit in my closet cuz I really can't walk in them. I can see the headlines already, 52 year old woman breaks neck while walking in heels trying to look young and hip. Ha Ha!

1/26/13 10:53 P

Not at all. I find it bothers my ankles and knees and it makes running almost impossible. I think you wind up focusing all your effort at not breaking other items and keeping your balance.

REYNINGSUNSHINE SparkPoints: (20,387)
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1/26/13 10:44 P

The target in my area is having a huge clearance on shoes, and I decided to go and check it out... In true woman fashion, I bought 5 pairs of shoes (hey, they totaled about $40!)

Two of the five were heels- and much higher than I have ever worn before- 4" pumps and 5" wedge booties (they have a 1" platform because I don't think I could wear 5" plain heels with my small feet). I've had 1' heels, and 2" heels, and I can walk decently in them, but I did not realize how hard it would be to walk in 5" heels!! I definitely feel like I have to work a bit harder in my calves and my abs (to keep my balance).

Do you find that walking in high heels helps tone your legs a little bit?

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