Miranda: “I had to walk all the way from the subway in these heels. My feet are killing me.”
Steve: “Why didn’t you just carry them and wear sneakers like everyone else?”
Miranda: “Stop. You can take me out of Manhattan but you can’t take me out of my shoes.”
On this site we have written a lot about the pressure professional women feel to look a certain way and high heels are a very big part of that. Wearing high heels are a big physical sacrifice for women but they are part of the attire strategy. “Flat shoes are for quitters,” 30 Rock’s Avery Jessup — Jack Donaghy’s Type A successful newscaster wife— once quipped.
Nancy Irwin, an L.A.-based doctor of clinical psychology, says while different women feel different when wearing heels — “Some feel sexy, powerful, more effective, able to be an equal to/compete with men. Others feel completely cramped, uncomfortable, and objectified” — they were invented, she says, to “slow women down. So they cannot move as quickly as men, so men can catch them, and also so women cannot surpass them. To put women at a disadvantage, sexually, professionally, and psychologically.” Hmm, so we are destroying our legs and our self-confidence. Excellent.
Answering a 2009 TODAY Show poll that asked “Do high heels empower or oppress women in the workplace?” 32% of respondents said, “High heels oppress women. They objectify women as mere sex objects while causing lasting damage to their feet and ankles but nearly half (49%) of the women said they empower them. I will admit when I see a woman that is wearing a great ensemble with heels to match I am intimidated and impressed. On the other hand, feet are awesome when they work properly. But feet are the just the beginning of the damage done by stilettos. We are not by any means saying not to wear high heels, we are just showing you what wearing high heels everyday at work is doing to your body because we like to make you feel good on the weekends.