I watch these women on television who teeter along on spike heel shoes and I know deep down they are going to suffer because of them, if they are not already suffering.

They say they make their legs look prettier. The people who make them encourage all the models to wear them because that will sell more shoes. They are getting a fortune for some of these big spikes with the red soles.

It is a scam, pure and simple.

The only thing I have ever heard as a reasonable use for such a shoe was as a stabbing devise. You could really put a hurt on somebody with one of those stiletto heels. On TV, I have heard of it being done.

For the past few years you would think I have become the skipper of a yacht. (Did you know that “yacht” is an anagram of “Cathy”?)

I do not own a yacht, or even a rowboat, but I wear what are called boat shoes, all the time. They are comfortable, they are always ready in case somebody invites me onto his boat and they last forever and ever. A good buy.

When I met my first pair of Sebagos, it was at a shoe store in Kemah. I think they sold nothing but boat gear, including clothes. I also think they are no longer open.

When I could not find that store again, I got on the Internet and found just what I was looking for. And I have been a boater ever since.

Back in my salad days, I remember progressing from one fashion to another. I even wore some high heels somewhere along the line, trying to look like all the other ladies.

But my look, most of the time, was saddle oxfords. Remember them? If you are of a certain age, you do.

They came in white, with different colored center sections, the saddles, but the only ones that were acceptable in our crowd were brown. Brown and white saddle oxfords. And you had to polish the white all the time without getting any on the saddle. Remember shoe polish?

Saddle oxfords, like my boat shoes, had thick white rubber soles — as well as I can remember. So you couldn’t dance in them. Not well, anyway. Which led to the creation of sock hops. Remember sock hops?

There’s one more shoe we all wore during those salad days.

A penny loafer. I’ve still got a pair of those, but they don’t have pennies in them.

At the time of their popularity, I would not have been caught dead without pennies in my penny loafers.

I just now remembered one more shoe good for going almost anywhere. The hushpuppy. Remember the hushpuppy?

Saddles. Loafers. Hushpuppies. All good.

I almost forgot two more. Ballet slippers and tennis shoes.

But no to all the spikes. Then, now and forever.

Cathy Gillentine is a columnist for the Daily News and can be reached at cgillentine1@sbcglobal.net.

(5) comments

Mike Meador

I guess is another place the federal government should put their foot into.....they've done everything else, why not regulation of women wearing spiked heels.

Lars Faltskog

Well, I've heard of spike heels being a stabbing [sic] devise also. I believe a Houston woman had claimed self-defense by using her stiletto to kill a UH professor - her boyfriend. I don't see any updates in the papers on her case, and unfortunately I haven't kept up with this particular case.

Anyone know? Either way, those high heel spikey shoes really look uncomfortable. I do know that ways to mitigate wearing high heels (besides simply not doing it) is to wear a different height of shoes each day so that tendons don't acclimate to the same height. That is, tendons can stretch and vary, instead of staying in an unhealthy, stagnant position.

Also, a high heel shoe wearer should stretch his/her feet forward as small daily exercises - before or after having them on. Then, there's the common sense strategy of wearing comfortable "flats" while commuting/walking to and fro the office, wear flats on sidewalk, and ancillary areas. When you are at work/event, then put on the fashion high heels. Finally, wear wide heels as opposed to narrow heals. That allows more heel surface area, thus placing less stress on the ball of the foot.

Jim Forsythe

“Trujillo said they had been fighting and that it was all done in self defense, according to investigators.
Police said that Andersson was face up on the floor with 10 puncture wounds to his head. Some of the wounds were as deep as an inch and a half, investigators said. Fifteen to twenty other wounds were on his face, arms and neck."

Lars Faltskog

Response to Bigjim posted at 12:58 pm on Mon, Mar 24, 2014:

What I find a bit hard to believe is that the professor could not fight off this woman. The reports' pictures seem to show him as rather tall and certainly not weak. Or, perhaps she was quite a strong woman (stronger than him), caught him off guard, and/or overpowered him?

Then again, I suppose if some of us saw a woman going after us with a stiletto, we very well could "freeze" and not be able to appropriately defend ourselves.

Mike Leahy

I believe that, if a woman will just confine the wearing of spike heels to short walks from the bathroom to the bed, no permanent damage will results...

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