Killer Heels

It’s been a busy week back in The City. I’ve had my dear friend Miriam on a visit, and we did some alternative sightseeing of this great city that is associated with an apple. There are so many people that visit, especially first-timers, so it’s about keeping it interesting for yourself as well as the ones visiting. Miriam left with a smile on her face and I am left hoping she’ll be back soon.

There are plenty of things to do here, which makes standing in line for tourist attractions a somewhat waste of time. New Yorkers tend to be creative, and there are plenty of tools helping us with just that. One of my favorite places we went was the Killer Heels exhibit in the gorgeous Brooklyn Museum. The great thing about NYC is that there is something for everyone, and it’s all right there; just a train ride away.

So about the exhibit. Killer Heels. Are shoes deadly? Any woman who has been walking in over 3 inch heels for several hours with no access to champaign can sure attest to something like that. Though they may not kill you, they’re not far from it. So why do women wear these chastening fashion statements sworn to be a necessity by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? Simple; it makes us feel better. Our posture changes when we wear them and we become taller, more slender and sexier. We feel more confident and strong. And I am not speaking for all women, as many prefer to not wear heels and others should be banned or take a course before wearing them. There is an art and a talent to wearing heels without looking like you are about to fall over or pee your pants. Once you master this art, you’re unstoppable.

The expectations for the exhibit were mixed, and we ended up walking out in awe. There were over 200 year old shoes on display, accompanied by shoes that seemingly no one can walk in. More impressively, we learned how the high heels were initially worn by men to show off status, and has now evolved into a statement item usually worn by women and gay men. There were shoes in all shapes and sizes, ranging from when the Chinese women were binding their feet to shoes made with wings. There were even a couple of pairs of glass shoes. The exhibit has been extended to March 1st, and I urge anyone with an interest in shoes, fashion or history to check out the pieces. For the ones who can’t, I hope the pictures will give you a taste of what to expect.

Meanwhile, I’ll be strolling around NYC in my flats…

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