Tall Women Should Wear Heels: Here's Why

by Amy Yam
in Designer Shoes, Tall Women's Fashion
3 Jul 2011  |  0 Comments

Tall Cameron Diaz Always Wears Heels
If you're a taller woman than most, or needed large size shoes growing up, you likely know that self acceptance takes time to come by. Granted, most women have aspects of their body that they struggle with accepting, but the things that set tall women apart from the crowd are too, well, noticeable to ignore. How many times have you had someone tell you, "Gosh you're tall!" Talk about stating the obvious. Or another of my favourites, "Do you really think you should be wearing heels when you're already so tall?" Why, yes, now that you mention it, I do. Frankly, I don't see what being tall--or short for that matter--has to do with wearing heels, and while I know that many tall women struggle with the idea of wearing high shoes, I think we need to toss that thinking in the past with ideas like no white after Labour Day (I mean, haven't these people heard about winter whites?!)
First off, wearing high heels is more to do with style than trying to gain extra height. Sure, a lot of short people do try to elongate their frames and gain some extra inches (See? They want to be tall just like you!), but tall women don't necessarily wear heels for the same reasons. If you're already six-foot-plus you may not be trying to make yourself taller, but that doesn't mean you don't want your body and outfit to have nice lines, or maybe you just want to indulge in that hot stiletto pump you spotted online. And there's nothing wrong with that. I don't see why a woman of any height should have to justify their footwear.
Purple Suede Peep Toe Heels
Recently there has been a movement to help taller women accept their vertical blessings and to feel comfortable wearing what they want. Facebook groups have sprung up about the subject, becoming communities where tall women can share and encourage each other. One blogger, Amazonia, shared a common story in one of her posts, "I didn’t wear heels until my early 20’s because I couldn’t get them in my size but now I can and you can’t get me out of them – particularly 3 or 4 inch ones on a night out." Once you get over the initial discomfort of being heads and shoulders above the rest, wearing the large size shoes and high heels you love really becomes a snap. I know when I finally jumped on the large size shoe high heel bandwagon all I could manage to think was, What took me so long?! And like Amazonia points out, we now live in a time where ladies who need large size shoes can actually find gorgeous kicks that fit, it would be a crime not to enjoy them.
 So why have tall women shied away from heels in the past? I think that one of the major reasons is that they fear being judged by others who will think that by virtue of their height alone they should be relegated to flats or kitten heels only. Reason two is that most women are looking to feel attractive and feminine, and we've been (erroneously--I think) trained to believe that no guy will like us if we tower over them. Definitely not true as more than a few star relationships have shown, and it's just another outdated social belief that we have to look at and challenge ourselves to move past.
French First Lady and former supermodel and singer Carla Bruni Sarkozy is just one of those women who seems intent on minimizing her height by wearing flats only, especially around her much shorter husband. While Carla almost always looks chic--and we'd steal any one of her fashionable flats--we'd love to see the glamazon rocking some heels soon.
Black Suede Studded Heels
Some women, like my accountant friend Natasha, are just shy and don't like being the centre of attention. "Tall women know that when they walk into a room they're going to attract an ordinate amount of looks," Natasha confided when I inquired about her feelings on heels (she owns countless gorgeous pairs that I lust after). "That's challenging if you're a bit shy or don't want to have all eyes on you, but what I learned is that people are going to look regardless and they might as well enjoy the view. It took awhile to get comfortable with myself and my height, but once I did I started really believing that I could wear the heels I've always coveted on shorter girls, and I've never looked back."
So while many tall women continue to struggle with feeling comfortable in height boosting heels, others have already rounded the corner to accepting their height and wearing what they want--heels or flats, large size shoes or not. I think that it'll be a great day when all women can have that bit more acceptance for themselves, one another and our fashion choices.
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