November: the month of the heel
It’s been busy here on Schmate with all things holiday, but I wanted to let you know that I succeeded in wearing heels to work every day of November!
I have no idea why I wanted to do this and make it part of my Thirty Before 30 list. I guess I hoped to learn something about myself and about my resilience in the name of fashion. I’ve always been amazed by women who can wear heels all day, walking across campus in them, moving about town, etc. Doesn’t this hurt? Why would you do this if it’s uncomfortable? This seems ridiculous.
So, I tried it out for myself. I realized a few things: my fashion choices were limited. I couldn’t wear leggings at all because heels look funny with leggings (unless they are worn with heeled-boots). All of my pants had to be long enough… some of my normal pants looked like high-risers in heels.
Particularly challenging was the weekend I went to Houston to staff a work seminar, and since I was technically at work during the trip, I went to the airport and the Saturday event… all in heels. Not totally comfortable and definitely a challenge.
I also realized I generally moved around my office less. I stopped taking the stairs to and from the garage where I park my car, just because I didn’t feel like walking more with them on. I limited my trips to the kitchen or to meetings (even the bathroom!)… perhaps I was more efficient but definitely less mobile. There was one day that I had to run errands at lunch, and it took me a lot longer to whip in and out of the stores purely for comfort reasons.
Regardless, I’m glad I tried it. But I don’t want to wear heels every day again. And even though my calves look a little more toned, it’s not worth it when overall I move less and my schedule is hampered by what I’m wearing.