High heels are painful, and other common misconceptions about style

high heels are painful, and other misconceptions about fashion

People say the strangest things. And when it comes to the wonderful world of fashion, sometimes people say things that just aren’t true: or not ALL the time, anyway.

I think it’s time to set the record straight on certain matters, so here are some common misconceptions about fashion…


High heels are painful, and no one can actually walk in them

For people who don’t wear heels, it’s almost impossible to understand how on EARTH anyone can walk in them. As far as these people are concerned, high heels are just torture devices, and anyone who claims to find them comfortable is outright lying. “I don’t believe she wore those all day,” they say. “She must have had flats in her bag or something, because no one could walk around in those all day without crippling themselves!”

It’s true that SOME high heels are painful, of course, and it’s also true that not everyone can (or should) wear them. It’s NOT true, however, to suggest that ALL heels are uncomfortable, and that NO ONE can walk in them easily. Not everyone has the same lifestyle or comfort level. Just because YOU would find a particular pair of shoes difficult to walk in, it doesn’t mean no one else could possibly be able to wear them either. Actually, for women who wear heels often, wearing them can become second nature, and they can feel just as comfortable as flats do to you. That’s not to say that all heels are comfortable for all people in all situations: obviously not. But it doesn’t follow that all heels are UNcomfortable, either.

Sunglasses should only be worn in summer: people who wear them any other time are just vain

Why do so many people think sunglasses are a “warm weather only” kind of thing? The clue is in the name: they’re SUNglasses, not HEATglasses, and even in the coldest of climates, it can be sunny at any time of year. (Actually, here in the frozen North, where Shoeper HQ is located, the low winter sun is much brighter and more dangerous than the summer sun, hence the need for sunglasses in winter.) As for the “vain” accusation, well, I’m sure there are some people who wear sunglasses purely because they think they look good, but the same could be said for most fashion accessories, and for every person who’s wearing them to “pose” in, there are others who are sensitive to sunlight, or perhaps just really self-conscious about their appearance.

Dresses are more complicated and uncomfortable to wear than other clothes

If you’re a dress-wearer, you probably hear this one all the time. “Why are you so dressed up?”, immediately followed by, “Oh, I just couldn’t be bothered wearing a dress every day!” This totally perplexes me, because unless you’re wearing a dress with some kind of old-fashioned, lace-up corset attached to it (or one that’s a few sizes too small), dresses aren’t actually any more “difficult” to put on than a pair of jeans, say, and they’re not any more “uncomfortable”, either. In fact, many dress fans would argue that the opposite is true: there’s nothing easier or more comfortable than a simple dress!

Skinny jeans can only be worn by skinny people

We’ve said it before, but “skinny” in this context describes the cut of the leg, not the size of the wearer. You don’t have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans: just make sure you’re wearing the right size, and that they flatter your bodyshape -whatever size it is.

Any other strange misconceptions you’d like to add to this list?

1 Comment

  • I must admit I’m one of those people who believe it’s almost impossible for a person to wear high heels all day long and find them as comfortable as sneakers. I have some problems that make it impossible for me to wear high heels, even for a short period (I could still wear them, technically, but my back would be sore for days afterwards): my feet need ergonomic soles and I wear orthotics for that reason.
    Now, when I say high heels I’m imagining 10-12 cm stiletto heels and when I say it’s impossible to walk in them all day long I’m imagining a woman with my style of life, and I don’t think stilettos’d be that comfortable walking all day on all the kinds of surfaces I walk on daily (from cobblestones to grass to sidewalks full of holes and bumps and tree roots to grates etc.). Maybe some women could still manage to walk for hours (on various surfaces) and not have sore feet at the end of the day, I suppose, but I still think stilettoes can’t be equalled to sneakers, comfort wise, because they’re not exactly ergonomic.

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