I live in Latin America, and it seems like everyone with a double X chromosome wears them here. And judging from fashion posts all over the Internet, women in other parts of the world have them pretty high on their fashion must-haves list, too.


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I own one pair of shoes that make me look taller. They’re a pair of platform Mary Janes with a 2 1/2 inch, fairly wide heel. I’ve had them since I was 17, and I have them more because they’re gothy, not because they have heels on them. Other than that, I just don’t do heels. I’m nearly 5’8″, so I don’t need to be any taller. And I don’t feel like being ridiculously uncomfortable all day would make me sexy. 

But my guy friends’ girlfriends all wear these 4-5 inch, spiky little things that look like they’d only feel at home on a stripper. All I can think when I see that is, “That poor girl is going to break her leg… or she must at least be incredibly uncomfortable!” “Damn Sexy!” is the farthest thing from my mind.

But then, I’m not a man. I am starting to wonder if men actually find that sexy, or if they just play along because they happen to be dating slaves-to-fashion Barbie dolls. But they’re the ones with boyfriends, not me. So maybe they’re on to something.

In my typical, melodramatic, overreacting manner of thinking, I’m wondering if I’ve somehow forever dismissed my chances of romance by refusing to risk breaking my leg every time I know I’m going to be in the same room as an attractive male. To paraphrase Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, it makes about as much sense to me as wearing a codfish on my head just because it happens to be in fashion. But am I seriously lessening my chances at romance by refusing to wear a codfish in my head? If I truly am, then wouldn’t I be better off single if most of the men in this world require a woman to wear one? Or should I just give in and consider it the price I have to pay to have a special someone at my side?

So, what do you all think? Ladies, do you like wearing heels? Men, do you care if a woman wears them or not?