Alright, it's time to get on my soapbox about the health dangers of high heels, as I already did earlier this year. Citing no real scientific basis for his statements, iconic shoe designer Christian Louboutin recently said: "What is sexual in a high heel is the arch of the foot, because it is exactly the position of a woman's foot when she orgasms." A "female French academic" told him this, which clearly means it's true. (Who trusts the French, anyway?) Sorry, Mr. Louboutin, your shoes are cute, and I wish I could afford them, but I don't buy into your theory.
Apparently by "putting your foot in a heel, you are putting yourself in a possibly orgasmic situation." Oh, really? You're not just running a clever PR campaign to sell more overpriced shoes? Well, everyone should be so lucky as to have orgasmic experiences from high heels. Okay, I'm going to assume Louboutin doesn't actually think high heels cause orgasms, because that would just be loopy, but that he's saying they enhance a woman's sexual power. It goes without saying that a lot of men think they're sexy, and a lot of women enjoy wearing them. Fantastic! But making other women feel insecure by telling them through the channels of mass media that they have to fit into an uncomfortable contraption just to be sexy, well, that's just low. Love & Beauty: What Is 'Drunkorexia?'
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Plus, more reputable sources say high heels increase your risk of arthritis, and cause ankle fractures, nerve damage and varicose veins, not to mention blisters and calluses. In my book, that makes all the seductive qualities go out the window.
As for Louboutin's statement saying a pair of heels gives a woman the power to be "sexy, charming, witty or shy?" I can do any of that in my flats, thanks. Maybe I'm just bitter because I dislike walking in those things (though I sometimes force myself to), but I think every woman should make her own decision about what she chooses to feel sexy in, rather than letting a bogus "news" article dictate what's "orgasmic" and what's not.
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