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These days I live life in the flat lane. After decades of trying every height of heel imaginable , I can now say with almost giddy abandon, "I'm free to be me. I'm just a few inches shorter than before! Flats are, in a word, fabulous. Who knew feet could feel so good, so happy -- even after walking for hours!
Shoes have always been my weakness , but for years they were also my best friend, my accomplice, and, sad to admit, the key to my self-esteem. Embracing flats, for me, reflects self-acceptance, as I spent years trying to fight my naturally petite stature.
Some might call me an average height, some might say I'm on the shorter side of normal, but I've always felt petite. In my early teens, I found my height acceptable because I hung out with other people of petite-to-normal height. At that time, I was more focused on my weight, and how to keep the poundage off my body which was, in itself, a job. And my shoe obsession was already in full force: Pappagallo's, the original buttery ballet slippers that came in an array of two toned pre-Kate Spade colors, sneakers and bare feet all summer worked just fine.
Now I had the body, but needed height as all of my friends were all tall. Truthfully, I grew up believing another few inches in height would, if not change my life, make me "prettier. They averaged around 5' 9", which was a staggering 5" taller than even the exaggerated version of my own height. My pals Leone James the Summer's Eve's girl, 5'10 , Hilary Jean Beane the Leggs Girl, 5'10 at least and Ingrid Boulting , who at 5'8" was on the shorter side, but had a face you could die for, but my best friends were my treasured platform boots.
I saw them in a store window on West 57th street one day and knew they needed to be mine. I bought them in both colors: The boots were splendid soft leather knee highs with a simple yet thick three-inch-high platform.
This initial, necessary footwear splurge made me a sitting duck years later when I first heard the two sacred words: I wore these boots with everything that was '70s appropriate. I wore them over my jeans that were so faded they were almost white, paired them with skin-tight navy blue velvet jeans and, of course, a very fitted flannel shirt. That extra few inches below my ankles made me feel like I could just keep up with my model gal pals, even though my posture suffered.
Why do you need support? Then something happens that I love. I get one of two seemingly contradictory answers. First of all, the height of your arch is largely genetically determined. When does immobilizing something make it stronger? Join the Xero Circle Join the worldwide Xero community and you can: I'm an international ultramarathon athlete and I wear Xero Shoes for races.
But I also use them as my everyday sandals they look way cool! Thank you for making these amazing huaraches. I love how they feel. I forget they are there so much so I have worn them to bed a few times!
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