Teetering on the edge of damage

Lynn takes exception to a recent television commercial:

The worst of the car commercials are those for Lexus. This year they had one in which they showed a woman using a treadle sewing machine. They showed a quick close-up of her feet and she was wearing stiletto heels! I cheer the use of a treadle sewing machine but in those heels? Not happening sweetie.

Besides the implausibility of that little scene, it greatly annoys me that that style of ridiculous, uncomfortable and possibly even dangerous footwear is considered an essential part of the standard Attractive-Female Uniform. While it’s certainly not as extreme as the old Chinese custom of foot binding it comes from the same mindset.

I must give her props for consistency. I occasionally report on shoes in this space, and she happily denounces anything with a sufficiently high heel.

Girls, you can’t call yourselves modern, liberated women as long as you are slaves to fashion. It is hard to find shoes that are both comfortable and attractive but they do exist and if you buy them shoe designers will respond by making more. Do us all a favor and stop stuffing your feet into overpriced torture devices.

Not at all incidentally — I am a firm believer in second opinions — I brought up that same commercial to a friend yesterday at lunch. Her objection was different: “If you can afford a Lexus, you can afford an electric sewing machine.”


  1. backwoods conservative »

    3 January 2014 · 3:11 pm

    Hear! Hear!

    I do not like to see a woman wearing high heels, and especially not spike heels. I’ve seen many a beautiful woman look awkward trying to walk in those things. I’d much rather see a woman wear something more comfortable and sensible. A woman can make herself much more attractive to me buying showing me she has sense enough to avoid wearing high heeled shoes.

  2. Dan T. »

    3 January 2014 · 7:11 pm

    Cyndi Lauper seems to disagree in a recent song of hers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thm2XY6Lz-A

  3. hatless in hattiesburg »

    4 January 2014 · 12:08 am

    backwoods conservative: spot on

    an elderly relative had to have complex foot surgery to correct the bone deformities to her feet which had been forced into pointy-toe high-heels for so many years. (as one of the first female engineers in a ww2 aircraft factory, i guess she decided not to buck the system ever farther.)

  4. CGHill »

    4 January 2014 · 11:15 am

    Then again, this song of Cyndi’s is from the musical Kinky Boots, which isn’t about to endorse ballet flats. (The setup is amusing enough: saving the family business — a shoe factory — by diversifying into fetish wear.)

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