There was a time when my wardrobe consisted of a dreary collection of flat heeled shoes. High heeled shoes, I would reason to myself, were for small, skinny women, the kind who could pull off wearing a tight top and short skirt without batting an eyelid. Sure, I’d forayed into the world of heels as a shy, awkward teenager, strapping a pair of clumpy platform sandals onto my feet in an unsuccessful attempt to get into a nightclub underage. Being tall, I’d never really felt confident enough to pull it off.
I had all the flatties you could ask for. Ballet pumps scuffed beyond recognition. Suede ankle boots worn so much my feet had left an imprint in them, rather like a dinosaur’s footprint. Pathetic excuses for going out shoes in the guise of golden gladiator sandals which I believed made me look like Helen of Troy (they actually made me look like Medusa). It really was rather distressing.
One night, at a wedding reception, I surveyed the room. There I was in yet another pair of flat sandals designed to hide my height, whilst all around me women glittered and shone in beautiful heels that elongated their legs, added a sexy sway to their walk and seemed to give them more confidence. Enough was enough. I decided to start wearing heels again, and get it right this time.
The very next day, I headed to the shops and was faced with a vast assortment of heels. Should I opt for the chunky Mary Janes? Or were the cork wedges more my kind of thing? Were boots the right kind of heeled shoes to be buying in early spring? Or were shoe boots more practical? In the end, I opted for a fail safe pair of court shoes which could work equally well at work or play. Stepping out of the shop, I breathed a sigh of relief at the thought of having finally embraced one of my old hang-ups.
Certainly, the court shoes served me well. On day one, I wore them to the office, and was surprised at how much more confident and organised I felt. Day two saw me taking them for a test drive for lunch with my friends, who all remarked how slim I looked (ha!). The real test came on day three, when I went on a first date with a man I had fancied for absolutely ages. Much to my surprise, instead of looking in the mirror with disdain, I actually liked how my little black dress looked with the court shoes. The date was successful and we have been together ever since.
Now I relish the thought of wearing high heels. They make my legs look longer, give me a sexy sway and generally compliment any outfit I am wearing. I’m particularly looking forward to choosing high heel shoes from this season’s new collection. So if you’re unsure about wearing high heels, why not give them a go? You might be pleasantly surprised.