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Old 05-08-2015, 10:52 AM
 
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I am wondering if you have an unusually keen interest in shoes and feet. Just a hunch. New poster, very specific subject. Oh...I don't know...



just an educated hunch..because this is turning a tad creepy.
only to you. all i see is a person interested in what wearing heels is like. if someone finds that to be creepy then they have issues
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:56 AM
 
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I don't see the OP's curiosity about what it's like to walk around in heels as any weirder than my curiosity about how men walk around every day with all that "stuff" between their legs getting in the way.
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:05 AM
 
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I don't see the OP's curiosity about what it's like to walk around in heels as any weirder than my curiosity about how men walk around every day with all that "stuff" between their legs getting in the way.
im tempted to start up a thread that is actually creepy so people can know what to compare their ideas to
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Usually the creepy threads we get are about pantyhose.
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Greater LA area
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I got to thinking about this thread last night (after a couple of bourbon & waters) and thought about the factors that contribute to being able to wear heels comfortably and walk normally.

1. This just hit me last night: foot size! People on this thread have talking about tall and short women and different sized having trouble with high heels, but I submit that shoe size is also a big factor. For example, I can wear 3 inch heels and anything below 3 inches quite comfortably, with no pain and no trouble walking. However, anything over 3 inches hurts me and affects my gait. But I wear size 6 shoes. I just measured my foot and it's only 8 3/4 inches long from heel to the tip of my big toe, so let's round that off to 9 inches. Got back to your old Pythagorean theorem and picture the triangle, and I guess you could work out an equation. With 9-inch long feet, I can tolerate 3 inches of heel elevation. So maybe the "golden ratio" is that a foot should be able to comfortably tolerate heels that are 1/3 the length of the foot. This is all, of course, excluding any platforming or elevation of the rest of the sole. I know women shorter than me (I'm 5'5") who have larger feet, maybe like a size 8, and they can trot around on 4 inch heels, even without platforms. I guess I don't need to view that as superior to my skills, since my feet are maybe just not long enough to handle heels that are more than 1/3 the length of my foot. I guess those women with those big huge man-feet can probably wear extremely high heels.

So OP, if you are a man with, say, 12 inch long feet, you could probably learn to walk well on 4 inch heels.

2. Of course, structural or medical foot problems will be a factor for some people. This is probably why some more mature women say they can't wear the heels they used to wear when younger. Things link bunions, plantar fasciitis, swollen feet, edema, etc will cause a woman to not be able to tolerate heels, or she'll be one of those women who declare that high heels are just necessarily painful, when that's not the case.

3. Body weight. Obviously, overweight women will have more trouble with heels. I'm an average weight for my height, but I'm sure if I put on 30 lbs, I would not be as comfortable in heels. I notice that it's the very heavy women in the workplace who tend to take off their heels under their desks, complaining that their feet hurt.

4. Shoe quality and construction. I tend to buy shoes infrequently, but I only buy high quality shoes, even though that means spending more at the time. But if I buy classic styles that are not "trendy" my shoes last very long. I have a pair of tall high heeled boots from around 1995 and they still look fantastic, and I've only had to replace the tips of the heels a few times. When I've tried shoes in discount stores, a shoe with the exact same height that I always wear will suddenly feel uncomfortable. I would bet that 90% of women out there complaining that their heels are kills their feet are wearing cheap shoes.

Construction also matters. Is the instep properly supported? Does the part around the ball of the foot and toes fit properly? Is the leather firm enough while still having enough "give"? Personally, I find high heeled shoes that show "toe cleavage" uncomfortable. Apart from the fact that I find "toe cleavage" unattractive, my foot needs a little more leather in that spot, or my foot has to do too much work to grip the shoe to keep it on. To some women this is not a factor (aesthetically or comfort-wise). I also tend to not like wearing high heeled mules. Again, it's not the high heel, but the feeling like my foot is trying to grip the shoe to keep it on. It uses different muscles I guess. But turn that mule into a slingback, and I can easily trot up the stairs two at a time.
I have big feet, I am not heavy, no big heavy boobs getting my out of balance and I cannot walk long in heels or back pain just hits me badly or leg cramps. I tend to stand and lean backwards, distribute all weight on the back of my feet and then it hurts less while standing.
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:31 AM
 
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I feel very sexy and womanly ... my butt gets pushed out and looks great. Guys start staring, because I walk very feminine.

Then the back pain sets in and if I am having a really bad day, I even get ankle cramps and start limping.

Oh baby you had me at cramps. The limp is just icing on the cake. Meow.


To me it looks painful as hell. I remember when my wife wore them. Looked great but I always ended up giving her foot calf and thigh massages.
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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I can wear a size 5 woman's, but my heels pop out when I walk. 4-1/2's are ideal... But hard to find unless you order on line. Some of the big name stores like Macy's advertise smaller sizes, but they generally have to be ordered also. Tennis shoes.... No issues, I can find my size in the " kids" section
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:23 PM
 
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I can wear a size 5 woman's, but my heels pop out when I walk. 4-1/2's are ideal... But hard to find unless you order on line. Some of the big name stores like Macy's advertise smaller sizes, but they generally have to be ordered also. Tennis shoes.... No issues, I can find my size in the " kids" section
Your feet are even smaller than mine! So can you handle 3-4 inch heels? Without any platforming? I would think that would be like being on full "pointe" like in ballet.
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Clown School
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Heels are torture on my feet, knees, back, ankles, and I can barely walk in them, much less run if I needed to.

I don't generally make a practice of wearing things that make me helpless.
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Old 05-08-2015, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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If you are a little taller as everybody else, fine. But if you are a lot taller as everybody else and you feel like an idiot standing next to shorter people, especially if it is a few, having to bend over to listen to them, that is just not a good picture. Also, everything is made for shorter people. You have to bend over in the bathroom to look into the mirror, you have to bend more in the kitchen to do stuff on the countertops. You have issues getting in and out the car (my bf has to adjust the steering wheel every time he gets in and out the car), etc. etc.

I have two gfs who are both around 5ft tall. If we go out to a place like a bar, I don't even hear what they are talking about. I have to bend over to listen. Do you know how stupid that looks?

Too tall is not good.

I see your point. I am 6'1 and i have to lean down to talk to shorter people now and then.
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