It was inevitable that I’d be dragged out eventually to harass the poor unsuspecting high heel wearers of Bristol, I just didn’t expect it to be with a full crew and camera.
Just outside The square Bar clifton, we chanced up on a lovely lady just arriving from work in a beautiful pair of 4.5″ Louboutin black patent stilettos. “hi we are from ITV and we are doing a piece (getting the lingo) on high heels, do you mind if we ask you some questions? .. of course not … came the slightly guarded reply. It turn out that she wears stilettos all day every day for work and play. “It must be great to take them off at the end of the day and put on a pair of flats” I say, trying not to be too leading …..“Absolutely not! I struggle to put my heels to the floor and have to wear heels at home.” “Do you get any pain when you wear heels?” I ask. “Yes, my back and knees hurt when I wear my heels and my calf goes into cramps at night”
Well, after watching her walking and after a few more questions I offered some simple advice … “You might want to see a physiotherapist or sports masseuse to help increase the flexibilty of your calves as they have become far too tight, then once you can get your heels to the floor, try some light sport to help strengthen your bottom”
It’s becoming like an episode of Embarrassing bodies!
We didn’t have to go far to reach our second volunteer, as a lovely young Glasgow girl came wobbling over on a pair of crazy 8″ leather platforms. “I see you are wearing a fantastic pair of heels, are these your typical shoes?”. “No way! tonight’s special, I’m just off out for a meal with my boyfriend” came the happy reply. When asked how she was getting on with them, her boyfriend cheerfully pointed out that she had fallen over spectacularly just out of sight from us. All smiles though …. only a bruised ego to show for it!
While looking at her walking it was clear that the heels were far too high for her bum and leg control as it was impossible for her to keep her knees and ankles straight. “If you are really desperate to wear these shoes but don’t want to hurt yourself, then you need to go to the gym and train to improve the strength of your bum and then practice wearing these shoes an awful lot before you venture out.” I hope she listens!