Photo by B. W. Harwell
I should have spoken about women’s shoe fashions. It had occurred to me that the trend to wrap the ankle and lower leg looked a lot like restraint. The use of wedgies and extreme heels did not elevate women in height as much as it made it more difficult for women to go about their days.
Uproar and History
The uproar over the men’s gym shoes with the chains and ankle restraints brought to mind this larger problem.
Shoes for women are uncomfortable footwear and bone-ugly designs. Since Chinese women had their feet broken and bound, women have struggled to walk comfortably. Baby shoes had to be high top to protect ankles.
The next stage was when parents bought Stride Rite shoes. A “qualified doctor” looked for any hint of toe-ing in or out. Often a prescription was handed to this person from a pediatrician. Metal lifts altered the gate. Arch supports made the small child struggle to maintain balance. During the austerity of the depression children got one pair a year, if needed. Once the money situation eased, the family tried to buy shoes every six months. No shoes were handed down to siblings. A Sunday pair of shoes was a requirement for Sunday School.
This was followed by adamant children. A scene in the store guaranteed a Converse purchase. Fathers protested and then joined what could not be changed.
Women’s shoes are starting to look like court-ordered ankle restraints. The style with 6-inch platforms is a return to torture. The shoe does not flex with the foot. Walking is like moving on hoofs. Extremely high, thin heels also endanger falling or the turning of ankles. We have all had a good laugh at professional models falling on the runway.
No protest for women’s shoes has had the immediate style change that the Adidas uproar did. Why not?
- Adidas’ ‘Shackle’ Shoes Draw Fire (detroit.cbslocal.com)