Click Clack, Click Clack… Oh those sexy Stilettos

I recently visited a five star hotel in Delhi for an official meeting. As there was still some time for the meeting, I parked myself on one of sofas kept in the lobby, picked up the magazine kept on the glass table and started flipping thru it’s pages. One of the articles caught my eye. I was going thru it succinctly, suddenly sound of click clacks, click clacks got my attention, it’s the same sound which makes heads turn, which makes men stop lifts in anticipation, a feminine sound which casts a spell on you especially men. It was the sound of stilettos hitting the marble floor echoing off granite walls. The sound ricocheted off the floor and could be heard loudly across the entire lobby. I looked up like any man with some libido left would, she was the same lady walking across swiftly in my direction who was standing at the front office when I entered, wearing a nicely draped blue color gorgette saree, her name badge impeccably put on her right side which read, Ragini Singh and she was wearing these black stilettos which had four inches of heel.

With my gaze firmly fixed on her stilettos my mind started working overtime, how this woman is balancing herself on those wafer thin pencil heels I wondered. Her entire weight was on that small stick protruding out from her shoe and standing on it for the entire day can be quite taxing I mused. But why she had to wear it was the obvious question which rattled my mind? No doubt she got my attention and she looked glamorous and sexy wearing those and maybe she would not have got the attention otherwise but isn’t it too high a price to pay to get this attention. I wanted to explore on what could be the possible reasons behind it and also I had the topic for my next post ready. The higher the heel, the more weight and pressure gets shifted forward. Your knees and hips then have to push forward and your back has to hyper extend backwards to counterbalance. This can translate to leg, hip, and back pain.

Most of the women in position of high power want to wear high heels as it makes them appear professional and bossy. Some of the organizations like, top consulting firms, airline industries hotel industries women are specifically ordered to wear high heels. Wearing high heels is part of their dress code and those who do not follow this draconian code may end up losing the job.

This policy of wearing heels is widespread across the country especially in industries such as retail, restaurants, airlines and hotels. It can be be excruciating for women to climb up the stairs, walk across the hotel lobby or standing thru out an eight hour shift as is the case in hotel industry, In airline industry especially for those air hostess it can be quite treacherous as well as they have to walk on those rickety mobile stairways made of iron and also have to cover the entire aisle strutting back on forth serving the passengers. God forbid in case of any emergency how will they manage it, I shudder to think of that scenario.

It is not as if all women are coerced into wearing heels, some women themselves want to wear it for it makes them look glamorous and sexy, and it acts as a confidence booster for them and makes them even more wanting. It is that strutting around in stilettos makes them feel more feminine.

In some of the surveys it has been found that women wearing stilettos get more attention vis-à-vis those wearing flats. Also for some women who are shorter in length it is a boon for they can date a guy much taller to them and walk confidently. But poor them they don’t realize that a person who loves you for your height can also leave you for the same reason. I think it’s too weird a reason but then most of my female readers can tell better.

As far as our office is concerned we don’t encourage women to wear high heels except may be the ladies at the reception who want to wear it themselves, in fact I feel women should not wear stilettos at all . If you are comfortable in flats why not wear flats, why take this pain of wearing these stilettos which are pain for both neck and back.

There have been some cases reported where in women have been barred from entry into film events for wearing flats. This is one of the worst forms of apartheid. Some countries have totally put a ban on stilettos for it is not good for health. Phillpinines is the first country wherein employers are proscribed from wearing stilettos more than one inch in size for it affects the movement and in turn affects the productivity.

Pencil sized heels are still are the worst that can one wear and can alter the personality of a woman. But still if you want to wear stilettos here are some of the precautions which you can take

The thicker the heel, the better

Avoid thin heels, the stilettos. They cause your foot to wobble around. If you’re wearing stilettos every day, you might want to consider a chunkier heel style and change it up a bit.

Avoid thin soles, opt instead for a platform

Thin soles will almost always give you pain on the bottom of your foot. You want a thicker sole or a little bit of a platform, which will offset some of the pressure when you’re walking. A rubbery material will absorb that pressure.

Kick your shoes off throughout the day and stretch your ankles and toes. Stretch your feet after you take your shoes and take them off frequently.

Whatever is your reason for wearing one but as a man, women wearing heels with such élan never ceases to amaze me. For me it is the eighth wonder of the world. It is glamours and makes a woman look attractive but there are other facets of looking attractive as well. A cheerful face and a nicely toned body are equally attractive, rather than going thru this torturous experience of wearing the heels. Banning stilettos is surely not the right solution for women will feel that too much restrictions are being imposed on them and no doubt certain dresses require stilettos to be worn with them but the trick is to wear them judiciously else there are many podiatrists who want to have a share of your wallet.

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  1. Now thats a pretty thoughtful post…I have a book related to inventions and discoveries and i have read out a fact from it long way back so i dont remember clearly but it says Heels were Originally invented for men’s and especially for those who worked..I wish I remembered that whole thing…

    1. Thanks Adi for reading and commenting. May be you are right but it is women who wear it the most these days.

          1. ohh there’s no story behind that. when i feel like commenting i just see the reply box and hit it so yaa no logic but next time i will try to post with my name😂 told u am crazy

  2. 👏👏👏you too indeed one of my fav bloggers. comprehensive approach. Insightful. Suggestions. Interesting topics.Word flair. You name it he has it, thats sid. You rock,!

      1. Is it? My heart only connects with lavish, hence automatically lavish. Lol..just kidding 🙂

          1. That is so kind of you:) honoured that you think I deserve it, but I think I really don’t, thank u so so so much again:)

            1. This is so hurtful Jay. I feel my wisdom and my analysis has been trashed. Anyways you have your own reasons for not accepting this award. Choice is yours. Thanks.

  3. Liked, double liked and loved this post, Siddhartha. Stilettos scream for attention whether it is at a mall, a hospital or in an office setting, but I will and must applaud these women who carry their entire weight and dignity on the tips of their toes, simply because ‘I’ cannot. The need to have my back intact for myself and my kids overpower the reason to tower over the ever-increasing crowd of the glamorous ‘Stiletto-ed’ women. It is time women and the organizations that impose such rules wake up that fact.
    A big round of applause from me for this one, Siddhartha.

    1. Wao!! Thanks so much for these mesmerizing words and such insightful feedback. My motivation levels have skyrocketed after reading this feedback. I am grinning from ear to ear and coming from you is what makes it so special.

        1. Hehe. I have always been fascinated by stilettos and how women manage to wear them, this incident acted as a catalyst.

  4. Well well well!!!! I myself love to wear heels ( though I am 5’4 ) oh but I love those 4 inches 😂
    Your post is thought provoking, but if you could carry yourself well in the heels then once in a while they aren’t bad, of course wearing them everyday is not even my cup of tea either. Girls should keep in mind all the things before going for them.
    Loved your post as always☺️

    1. Don’t tell me, you are 5’4 with those 4 inches Lol. We will try to find someone over 6′ for you, then you can wear even 8 inches of pencil. Absolutely no harm in wearing them once in a while

        1. OMG. I so knew it. I had you in my mind when I was writing this one. Do you wear those to school? I know you wear them to rajouri.

          1. Lol did you see me at Rajouri?? 😂😂 I don’t usually wear at markets because shopping is quite tough then😁 well yes I wear them to school once in a while on any occasion.

            1. Offcourse I saw you, shopping for footwear at stilettos. Wearing them to school can be so taxing. Imagine the plight of poor children.

  5. Thanks for pointing me to your very interesting post.
    The narrative starts with a provocative tone, implying some sexist approach, but changed course to support women against imposed rules on stilettos wear.
    It turned to be also very informative and useful.
    Well done.
    I’m not into stilettos and have a hard time to wear them without having back pain and headache.
    I’m not and would never be obliged to wear it daily, otherwise I’d work in another industry. I guess it depends on the country.
    Thanks for your post.

    1. Thanks for such lavish praise. I am humbled and honoured. Thanks for your valuable and insightful feedback. Keep reading and keep sharing your thoughts. You are a brilliant writer.

  6. Very fluid writing and excellent points made about stilettos. I always felt unsteady wearing high heels as a teenager and stopped wearing them when I started working as a teacher. Personally I don’t think excessively high heels make a woman look attractive, more ridiculous!

    1. My wife is also a teacher and she never wears stilettos. It doesn’t make a woman look attractive you are absolutely right. Thanks so much for appreciating my writing. I really value such insightful feedback.

  7. You’ve started something here! I’m short and I mean ‘short’. But I hate wearing heels, much to my husband’s irritation. Give me flats and sneakers along with a pair of those clackers, I’ll go with those flats any day! 🤣

    1. I so well knew it. I loved the way you said Clackers. Haha. Did stilettos had a some role to play in your love story.

      1. No no not at all. I’ve always been a tomboy at heart. Some people tried to change that. I showed them I didn’t care. I stick to my flats, always will. I couldn’t care less if I looked like Deepika Padukone in heels, I value comfort over fashion any day, any time! And oh clackers comes from the movie The Devil Wears Prada. That’s where I first heard of the term 😉

        1. Yeah.. way to go.. I am impressed by your confidence. All good things come in small packages 🤗

  8. In addition to being a thoughtful post, again, I’m mostly impressed by your incredible skills in writing, and your ability to piece words together in such an elegant way. It’s just amazing!

    1. Thanks Issabell for such lavish praise. I am humbled and honoured. Keep reading and sharing.

  9. I wore stilettos when I was younger. Even wore them when I went dancing. Big mistake. They may look good but they’ll ruin a woman’s feet. By the way, those shoes in the picture are so cute — but they do look uncomfortable!

  10. Lovely post.
    i am a short gal but i don’t like wearing those tick tack toe stilettos except where its necessary,they are so painful and i just can’t take so much pain to look what i am not.
    I liked your ideas and views and thanx for this nice post. 🙂

    1. Thanks Tina for Sharing your feedback. I really appreciate. Keep reading and keep sharing.

    1. Thanks for liking and commenting. Read other posts as well. You might find them interesting.

  11. What a great post! Very well written.
    I do admire stilettos and own a couple, however, I wear them only on occasions that require very less walking. I do dress to impress, but only myself and no one else. And you are absolutely right about the connection between heels and the feel good factor.Even though I have a pretty good height, wearing heels makes me feel good about myself and elevates my confidence.

    1. Take care of your feet 😁😁 as well. You might require a podiatrist if you wear it too often.

  12. You write beautifully and the subject you’ve chosen makes the writing more enjoyable. I also love to watch ladies carrying the weight of their body on high heels 👠 and I am spellbound by the ease and confidence that they muster . A treat for the wondrous eyes of a woman 😉. No, I don’t wear stilettos 👠 for the simple reason that I don’t have the self confidence to do so.
    Keep writing. I love to read you.

  13. I am normally not so good at sustaining concentration for a long time but your writing is definitely defying that reality. Informative, interesting and I found myself chuckling every now and then.

  14. Do high heels make running difficult? I’m thinking of a 19th-century fashion, hobble skirts that bound the legs so women could barely run and had to maintain a “dainty” pace. Interesting and informative piece for someone like me who knows nothing about fashion. I always wondered about those heels and don’t recall seeing them as an element of attraction.

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