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Around The Bluhmin’ Town

Judy Bluhm~ 4/1/2015

How is your year shaping up? It seems as though the months have sped by, hardly giving us a moment to reflect on what happened last year, much less what we hope to accomplish in 2015. Psychologists say we should make attainable goals for ourselves or we can become depressed. Motivational speakers claim we have to dream big. Our physicians want us to start exercising more and eat less. Oh and our bosses want us to do more. Hmm...after careful consideration I have made a new goal: I am going to start wearing high heels.

Yes, I went shopping with a girlfriend and almost bought a pair of dress black shoes with a half-inch heel and she talked me out of them. She said when a woman stops wearing high heels “the end is near.” I say that is hogwash and ridiculous! I did call my 92-year-old mother to get her opinion about high heels. She got quiet for a moment and then said, “Well, when I was your age I wore three-inch heels.” She went on to say if you are going to be “dressed up” there is nothing like a “pair of high heels.” I have asked a few colleagues, my two daughters, and a few girlfriends and they are all of the opinion that “high heels are important.”

My husband, Doug, was working in the garage and I asked him if he thinks I should wear high heels. He winked at me! I told him this was not a proposition – I was just seeking an opinion! He laughed and said, “men like heels.” Ha! Now what? I did read that a study was conducted in England that showed that women who wear high heels have a much better chance of “getting what they want” than women who wear flats. It seems women of all ages who were randomly asking people to participate in a survey were rarely turned down if they were wearing in high heels. It is called the “power” of heels. Again, I say “ridiculous!”

I asked my girlfriend who is an attorney about high heels and she said, “absolutely essential to wear.” She went on to say that she would “never win a trial in flats” and that people expect to see a confident woman in court. And high heels, evidently, screams out “confidence.” Objection! Am I to believe that a shoe can make a difference in a woman’s confidence? More research is required.

I went to my physician who is a woman and asked her opinion of high heels. She said that women who wear them all day long are “punishing their feet and causing bunions, ingrown nails, poor posture, nerve and tendon damage.” Oh, and wearing high heels more than three days a week has also been linked to osteoarthritis of the knee, plantar fasciitis, and low back pain. The American Osteopathic Association claims that a third of women who wear high heels have tripped and fallen in them! You see, these shoes are just plain dangerous!

A lady in Anthem emailed me to say that her feet are “permanently ruined” from wearing three inch heels as a flight attendant for twenty years. She said they were the “standard uniform” and encourages all women to wear flats to save themselves. A woman in Phoenix was walking on a sidewalk in front of a movie theater and fell (breaking her arm) because her heels got snagged due to an uneven sidewalk. She is suing the theater for “creating a hazard” and the movie theater is claiming the lady did not know how to walk in heels. Yikes, might be fun to be on that jury!

The average American woman has over twenty-five pairs of shoes in her closet. So I guess if “clothes makes the man,” then “shoes make the woman.” We evidently love shoes. A fashion editor came out saying that women are “crazy about shoes” because the size doesn’t change, it is easy to update an outfit with a shoe and not “horrifying” like trying on a pair of jeans and standing in front of a three-way mirror. One shoe designer came out and said that, “shoes make ladies happy.” Well, I guess something we have to buy twenty-five times must make us happy! It also suggests that we women are a superficial bunch. Shoes result in happiness? High heels create confidence? Ladies, let’s not “buy in” to this nonsense.

I know I have more to say on this topic. But there is a shoe sale at Dillard’s and obviously, more research must be conducted. If I look slightly taller next time you see me, you will know what happened.


Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor who lives in the Anthem area. Have a comment or a story? Email Judy at