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Kate, Victoria, and the Quest for a Good Shoe

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Posted by: Kara Clapp 9/28/2011

Good Morning Readers!

I'm sorry I have been neglecting the blog for the past week. Getting back to the routine after vacation was more than I thought. There have been a few changes at the office and much longer work days, so I haven't been active online this week.

I woke up this morning thinking about high heels. Not quite as weird as it sounds if you know that I have been searching for a good pair of dress shoes lately. I've been to local stores and searched online for a good quality dress shoe. It's harder to find than you might think. I gave up high heels years ago and here's why:

When I was 21 years old I was working in an Orthopedic/Neurology Surgical Unit. Dr. Quinn, a very skilled orthoepdic surgeon, was sitting at the nurses station enjoying a rare moment of peace and quiet. I asked him "what is the best thing that has ever happened to you as a surgeon?". Without blinking or hesitating to consider his answer, he looked me straight in the eye and said, " High heels, baby, high heels. Permanent job security!" From the next day forward, I have always worn a sensible heel: birkenstocks, Naots, Danskos, etc. I rarely and I do mean rarely, wear a high higher than 2 inches.

So imagine my suprise when I walked through the local store and found nothing but those darn 5 inch stilletos with the small platform under the ball of the foot ( like that's supposed to make the high height more tolerable! ) LOL. It appears that shoe designers have gone mad or the average female has fallen under the delusion that what the celebrities wear is really meant for every day life.

I have a solution: get a clue! Those heels are only meant for two things and one of them requires a bed. They aren't shoes for every day reality. And if you think I'm crazy, then browse these links (one,two, and three) and then tell me who's crazy: me or the woman who insists on damaging her body for the sake of fashion. I mean if Victoria Beckham can't live with a reasonable heel, then we are all doomed. She wore the most awful shoes to the royal wedding, even after being told by surgeons that she shouldn't and she was stunningly pregnant at the time. That's the type of insanity I am talking about!

Thankfully there is Kate Middleton, the sensible future Queen to help us reasonable women. She is certainly fashionable but wears reasonable shoes most of the time. There's hope the shoe designers will take her lead and bring back lovely dress shoes that won't cripple us. In the meantime, I will continue my search. I'll probably end up with yet another pair of Danskos, but I'll keep looking and hoping there's more out there than a dull archless pair of flats, which are equally bad for the foot BTW.

To Your Excellent Health!

Dr. Kara

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