To Heel or Not to Heel? A Sartorial Romance / Tragedy

The other day, the awesome Rachel Payne—CEO of Fem, Inc., serial entrepreneur, former Google exec, and all around rock star—reached out to share a blog post she’d come across: I Refuse To Wear Heels.

Having just written a book called Stiletto Network, I get a lot of this.

One wonderful CEO posted my Barnes & Noble pre-order link on Facebook with the promise it was relevant to her crew—“whether we wear stilettos or not!”

Yet still the question remains: to heel or not to heel?

By Canyon Castator

By Canyon Castator

I’ve always loved wearing really high heels out because, well, they’re so pretty and they make me feel pretty too. Peep-toe booties? Check. Red-soled pumps? Check. Silver sequin Manolos? I’m a new woman.

I love my stilettos, and now that I’m hustling like mad doing PR for my book (with the geniuses who’ve nudged me toward this foray into “personality”), I’m embracing them again. I’ve escaped my writerly warren and hurled myself into the world to shamelessly hock my wares. I am positively running around town in stilettos, and reveling in that false sense of importance an extra 3 or 4 inches bestows.

(A sense of importance rivaled only by the spectacular narcissism of a blog).

And with every step I take, I’m cursing this callous, cruel mistress for the sting she inflicts. And I’m wondering—while feeling pretty and really quite important—just how fast I can get home to change back into my flats.

As the kids like to say, my dogs are barking.

Down girl. Heel.

So ladies, I leave it to you: is it pointless?

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  1. Do you think you’d be successful using the same strategy to attract both women.

    Maybe I will be too ideal, or too accomplished,
    or too boring i always don’t think We’re. These methods of attraction are
    certainly not rational.

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We always conceived of it as climbing a corporate ladder, but it’s more like building a human pyramid, each layer of women supporting the next. Each generation needs the one before. Maybe it’s taken too long to get here from the 1970’s, when everyone was looking at cervixes in the mirror. If you don’t treat everything as a competition, you get so much more than you lose. We’re finally realizing it’s much easier to do this together than apart.”

Abigail Disney, documentary filmmaker and philanthropist

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