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January 13, 2018


Well, guys don't really wear what is considered a high heel. Usually guys wear 1" or less. That height can be more utilitarian for everything from use of stirrups, motorcycle and bicycle pegs, and even giving better balance on ice (leaning you a bit forward to get the weight off the heels). Also heels help take the wear and tear off the heal portion of the shoe, which is the part that normally gets the most punishment in everyday life. It is very rare that I see heels over 1/2" on a guy.

Women's heels are ridiculously high and do emphasize and even improve the looks of the butt, stomach and bust (use of "improve" as in uplifting). Additionally, looking taller also "slims" thighs to the eye.

In my unscientific research, called just looking at people in everyday life, those that fuss more with their hair, cosmetics and clothing are more prone to use high heels than those of who have a more natural approach (or can't be bothered). And, the former are the women who garner the most attention from the opposite sex (positive attention anyway).

Thanks for another perspective, Bogie. I would agree with "ridiculously high"; but, I also think that men are sneakier when it comes to adding height through wearing shoes that are furtive in their lifting. I see ads for shoes that add up to 5" in height, through lifts.

I wanted to measure your dad's Lucchese boot heels; but, cannot find them. I think we must have sent them to pasture sometime in the past few years. They added at least 2" to his height - and he was already 7" taller than was I. One of the late volunteers with whom we worked wore "dance boots" that had a heel of about 4" - I'm guessing. I will give the guys this: Men's heels are not spindly!

You may recall that your Grandmother H liked to wear platform shoes that added height without pitching her center-of-gravity so far forward. Of course, she (at 5' 2") was a foot shorter than your Grandfather H. There was also a considerable difference between your Grandmother S (at 4' 11") and your Grandfather S (at 5' 10" - I'm guessing). Let's not even talk about the difference between Helen & Mike!

I don't like it when girls wear stiletto heels,
they tend to rip holes in the sheets ;-)

Stu--That is between you and SWMBO!

I live in horse and cattle country and guys wear cowboy boots with a heel, but nobody else does. And you are not supposed to ride a horse with your heel touching the stirrup. You are supposed to ride with your toes on the stirrup and sit straight up. Now if you slipped, hopefully the heel will catch you, but is not suppose to rest there.

As for women’s high heels, I love how they make women’s legs look. I guess it is biology, because I don’t know why I like it, I just do. But I also think anything more than about a 4” heel is kind of silly to try to walk around in.

Ingineer--I read, during the research, that the heel on cowboy boots was especially helpful during roping. Never having worn cowboy boots or roped cattle, I'll let you experts tell me (thanks for the lesson!)

I don't think it is biology that you like how a woman's legs look in heels, but a learned association perhaps. Good grief! Have you tried 4" heels? They are ridiculous! Of course, as an old woman with bunions (which I blame on having worn 2.75" heels for a few years), I think anything over 1" is silly. I wore heels. Now I
pay the price!

P.S. to Stu: True stiletto heels are good for walking on ice; but, they don't need to be very tall.
P.P.S. Bogie is not allowed to rat on me about the high heels I wore to dances. They were probably 4".

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