Women and shoes. Carrie Bradshaw has spent many a pun negotiating this volatile relationship. In some cultures, shoes have been used as a form of oppression. People talk about foot binding and how high heels were designed to slow the modern woman down. And honestly, I'm the first to admit that shoes are not something I'd dip into my savings to purchase. But, thanks to a new pair of boots I own, I have some fresh ideas about shoes:
1. Nobody expects you to lose weight to fit into a pair of shoes.
Shoes are weight neutral (patent pending. When people are done talking gender neutrality, it's going to be all about weight neutrality.) Girl, you can get those fab shoes now.
2. Feel taller
My new pair of boots I would argue have changed my life. The second I slipped those babies on, something in me changed. I felt more professional. I felt older. I was excited to walk around. These boots I own just have a little heel which makes a huge difference for someone who is 5'1''. I've just felt more capable. When you feel a little taller, you act a little taller.
3. Fashion is a double edged sword but you can absolutely use it to boost your self esteem.
Fashion magazines are a large source of the bad body image among women. I mean, just watch one of these videos from Upworthy. The barrage of stick skinny models and clothes that cost more money than a down payment on a pretty nice house are certainly part of what keeps women spending their cash and their minds on things other than empowerment. However, I have to say, these boots gave me a boost. And having watched a few too many episodes of TLC's What Not to Wear, I tend to think that putting a new pair of shoes on or a new dress can help us make that not so subtle shift in our brains from thinking we look terrible to thinking we look pretty damn hot.
Let's be honest ladies. Is that really so bad?