What price beauty?

Jimmy Choo Empire

Jimmy Choo Empire (Photo credit: neonbubble)

Hours pass slowly when one is recuperating.  Sleep has given way to restlessness and being immobile with time on my hands has given me the opportunity to catch up on my reading. While shuffling through my stash of magazines, I came across a short article in the November issue of Smithsonian magazine. Titled “Slaves to Fashion” the column reads “In modern Manhattan, the pursuit of beauty has led some women to surgically shorten their toes and secure them with metal pins to fit more easily into three-inch Jimmy Choo stiletto heels.”  Can you fathom that?  Opting to endure foot surgery for the “pleasure” of wearing high heels?  Two words come to mind:  frivolous and ludicrous.  Surely the years I spent “en pointe” in Ballet class and wearing pointy-toed high heels from my early teens onward contributed to the problems I now have with my feet.   I wince when I see young women teetering in their spikes, knowing that down the road, they will be paying a painful price for their folly.  Familiar adages flash through my brain:  live and learn, with age comes wisdom, if only I knew then what I know now.  Having stated on more than one occasion that fashion is my passion, I now draw the line when it comes to pain for the sake of beauty!

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on November 19, 2012.

4 Responses to “What price beauty?”

  1. Ouch! I don’t wear high heels – at 5’10 there’s not much point and having funny shaped feet means I don’t fit into most standard shoes. I can’t imagine having surgery on my feet to fit into heels – at best I’d make mine more of a regular size so I don’t have the pain I have now with shoes!


  2. My problem has always been that I have a rather narrow heal but am very wide in the toe area, so any shoe that has pointed toes simply does not work for me. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that when I was thirteen and just figured shoes hurt because they had to be “broken in”. In reality though, feet are far more malleable than the shoes, which ultimately “break in” one’s feet!


  3. And people tease me about my “orthopedic” shoes. I consider Dr Martens to be a sensible fashion statement, and I’ve been wearing them since high school. Yes, they weigh a ton, but perhaps my legs are more muscular for it.


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