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Old 05-08-2015, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Originally Posted by sheena12 View Post
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.
Give me a break...
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Old 05-08-2015, 03:18 PM
 
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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.
Now that is a lot of technical info. Maybe your right about that stuff.
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Old 05-08-2015, 03:24 PM
 
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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.
I had a nightmare once that I woke up and my genitals were lying on my thighs.

Eeeeeekkkkk
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Old 05-08-2015, 03:24 PM
 
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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

I do not know what the big problem with that troll calling the post creepy. I have learned a lot from a womens perspective and I am sure a lot of girls have found something they did not know.
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Old 05-08-2015, 03:25 PM
 
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Twice in my life I have had a heel snap.

This is not fun.

The first time I was out shopping at night with a new boyfriend, I was only 16.

I cant remember how I coped...possibly limped all night...?
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Old 05-08-2015, 03:26 PM
 
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Now that is a lot of technical info. Maybe your right about that stuff.
Haha! Some people get drunk and watch cartoons. I get drunk and write a thesis about feet.
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Old 05-08-2015, 03:29 PM
 
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No, my arch is just higher, and needs more support. When I worked luxury car shows, they required me to wear high heels. Recently have been doing Intenational Boat Shows, which requires me to be barefoot on teak wood all day :'(.

To be comfortable, I prefer 4.5 inches.
I think your one of the few that feel that way. But what ever works for you is all that matters.
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Old 05-08-2015, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I do not know what the big problem with that troll calling the post creepy. I have learned a lot from a womens perspective and I am sure a lot of girls have found something they did not know.
I don't think she was a troll--often we get posts threads on this board from guys with obvious shoe fetishes or pantyhose fetishes or underwear fetishes. Sometimes it's hard to tell if a poster is sincerely curious or reading the thread with his hand down his pants.
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Old 05-08-2015, 03:34 PM
 
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Twice in my life I have had a heel snap.

This is not fun.

The first time I was out shopping at night with a new boyfriend, I was only 16.

I cant remember how I coped...possibly limped all night...?

I can see how that could ruin a great time..
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Old 05-08-2015, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I don't think she was a troll--often we get posts threads on this board from guys with obvious shoe fetishes or pantyhose fetishes or underwear fetishes. Sometimes it's hard to tell if a poster is sincerely curious or reading the thread with his hand down his pants.
People are fast to put a label on people with no idea who that person is. I thought about not posting the question in the beginning but then I figured what the heck. Why not.
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