Unlike most other aspects of our appearance, including the quality, shape and colour of our skin and bodies, we are unable to use medicine, diet or surgery to alter our height. For many people, especially those who want to fit into social circles or gain some respect from peers or subordinates, being short is a terrible handicap.
High heel shoes are in fashion. They have been for decades and they always will be. The vast majority of people who wear high heel shoes are ladies, but there are more men wearing them than you may believe. Why do people wear shoes with high heels? Quite simply, to increase their height, or at least their perceived height. But their reasons for want to do this are many and varied.
It’s probably fair to say that just about everyone who wants to increase their perceived height by wearing high heels does so to make them feel good inside. There’s no getting away from the fact that high heels are physically uncomfortable. Whatever they may make the wearer feel about him or herself on the inside, there is an inescapable physical price to pay, both when walking and standing. So, what is so important about looking taller than you really are?
For ladies, it’s often to look sexy, or at least attractive. High heels make the legs appear longer, and any survey of males and ladies’ peers will show that long legs are good. A good pair of legs can compliment a pretty lady’s figure and face, or take the attention away from any imperfections. It’s a sad truth that however pretty, beautiful or attractive a short lady or lady with short legs is, if there’s another taller one to compare her to, height often scores a lot of points. In addition, first impressions mean so much. Even if the admirer soon discovers that his new friend or colleague isn’t nearly as tall as he first thought, that positive first impression has already been made.
For both ladies and men who want to appear taller, another reason is their lack of confidence among their peers or subordinates. Height is power. Taller people see and hear more, and their voices project further. Both men and women wear high heel shoes in business and social situations in order to feel equal to or greater than those around them. While men’s high heels are mostly concealed within the shoes’ soles, ladies are free to wear exposed heels as high as they can tolerate. Colours for men are usually black or brown, but for the ladies, there is a huge spectrum of acceptable colours and a range of styles to suit the occasion, as well how tall and thin the lady can stand and walk in without too much discomfort. While the males may feel a little jealous of not having the choice of colours and styles, they should think again about how difficult it is to spend the day or evening in a pair of high heel shoes.