I dread going to formal events, and I usually say “no” when my friends invite me to a night club because I truly can not walk or stand high heels too long. Young women like me, I think we’re pretty rare. I don’t know that many people who suffer in 4-inch shoes the way I do. I didn’t wear them to my senior prom. As soon as the pictures were taken in front of the limousine before prom, I swapped those shimmery heels of hell for ballet shoes. Couple months later, I’m in Miami, FL, wearing heels to 18+ night clubs nearly every weekend because my new friends loved to party. I didn’t want to spend Friday nights as a college freshman alone in my dorm, eating take-out and watching TV (but it’s funny how I became comfortable doing that for the rest of my college years). These clubs strictly upheld the rules of: no du-rags, no sneakers, and for the ladies, high heels were a must; so I desperately raided a friend’s closet, grab any heel that matched my dress, and stumbled my way from the dorm to the car, from the car to the club, internally screaming while I waited on line, and once again stumbled into the club. So humiliating! Trust me, I will not put myself in that situation again because it taught me that not every woman is the same and I shouldn’t hold myself to any standard. Plus, now I know that “heels seem to be the excruciating symbol of patriarchal power over the “weaker” gender,” according to Elite Daily. I don’t feel less of a woman because of this, but I admit that I feel slightly limited.
Does any of this sound relatable? Share your thoughts, and if you have any tips for less foot pain in heels, do tell!