We talked about the evolution of high heels and how they shifted from men usage to women’s one. But, do women still wear high heels? I think I can be counted as one of those women that don’t wear them anymore, at least daily. Younger Millennials were born in an era where high heels are not more necessary in the workplace and are not recognized as such a feminine symbol anymore. Nonetheless, when it comes to important events and ceremonies, or when I want to boost my confidence and transform my look I definitely become an addicted.
If you say high heels, I’ll reply Louboutin (yes, I hope I’ll own one pair sooner or later!) I don’t know if you are aware of it but his quotes about high heels are really famous! Here a few:
- “The higher the better. It’s more about an attitude. High heels empower women in away.”
- “For me, there ain’t no high heel high enough.”
- “A woman carries her clothes. But the shoe carries the woman.”
- “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.”
Millennials’ relationship with heels is a long and complicated source of feminist debate. Despite it all, women still love them. Sometimes when we try to picture a powerful businesswoman, we picture her with high heels. These are power heels, no matter the color or print or materials the idea we have is that they are uncomfortable. Heels are something like neckties for women, sometimes they might be required.
In the last few years things have changed. Women are trading their heels for sneakers and ballet flats. Workplaces are more casual, and it is increasingly acceptable to wear sneakers to dinner. As a matter of fact, sales of heels dropped 12% last year, while sales of women’s sneakers rose 37%, according to the NPD Group’s. Millennials are dressing in jeans and sneakers because we seek for comfort and functionality. Even when it comes to wear heels their shape is changed. Vertiginous and stilettos heels are not more necessary, instead kitten heels and comma heels as the ones launched by Dior last year are now trending.
I don’t care about those quotes, I prefer comfort over them. I think it’s time for the high heel era to end.