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Fashion

Viva La High Heel

by : 
Bethan Morgan

I have some difficulty walking in high heels. When I say some, I mean I can’t take more than a few steps without needing to stop, or hold onto a nearby wall, or give up completely and switch to flat shoes. If I go out with friends I will be the one with a spare pair of shoes in my bag ready for the moment where I just can’t take any more. So for me, wearing heels all day, to walk to work, around work and to walk home from work, is similar to leaving the house in Wales without an umbrella – a disaster waiting to happen.

So imagine my surprise when I arrive in Spain and almost every woman is wearing heels. Every day and every night. And they don’t just wear heels. They wear HIGH heels. I hate to think how many times I would break my ankles if I even tried to walk in some of those shoes. Although having said that, I do like the fashion of wearing heels, I think they make any woman look elegant and sophisticated, and I would love to be able to pull it off. I hope one day to be able to own a healthy collection of high heels which are worn frequently, instead of having a few pairs at the back of my wardrobe.

And here in Torrelavega, the small Cantabrian town I am living in, they seem to have a thing for shoe shops. On every street you will find at least one, and if not, you are never very far from somewhere to re-stock your footwear collection. Not that I am complaining, I love shoes just like every other girl.

Then one day I walked into Stradivarius, a shop which I have newly discovered since moving to Spain, and I saw Them. The Shoes. The turquoise heels which would go with anything. And I bought them. Don’t ask me why, as I think I mentioned a few times that I can’t walk in heels, but I bought them. And it’s a miracle – I wore them to go out with friends in Santander and I only had to change my shoes right at the end of the night. I don’t know whether it is living so close to heel-loving Spaniards, or whether it is the shoes themselves, but I appear, at least for now, to be cured.  Long live the high heel!

Discussion

Do you like high heels? Can you walk in them?!

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smilemaria85 30 June, 2015 - 13:14

I LIKE HIGH HEEL AND MY TEACHER LIKE HIGH HEEL.SHE CAN RUN,DANCE,JUMP WITH THEM.

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Jonathan - Coor... 30 June, 2015 - 13:31

Hi smilemaria85. That's impressive! Thanks for your comment but please don't write in CAPITALS. It looks like shouting and it is hard to read. Thank you!
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Negar1995 4 August, 2014 - 16:15

i love high heels but i can wear them just on parties because they're not comfortable!!

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mom98 27 June, 2014 - 07:33

I love and hate shoes with high hells at the same time because they are wonderful but very unconfortable

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SandraaB 6 April, 2014 - 20:45

I absolutely adore high heels,but since I'm only 13 I don't wear them.I think they are made for every woman and that every woman should wear them.For me,successfull women are always on high heels,so they can see the world from their level

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dzeni 9 March, 2014 - 11:33

Yes, I like high heels. I don`t walk in them because I am only 13. I prefer walking in trainers or in shoes without high heel because it is easier and more comfortable.

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cklj 12 February, 2014 - 21:19

I've never walked in high heels. I mean I have, but just at home trying my mum's shoes. I don't own any pair of high heels, because I'm young to wear a heels.
I want to have a big collection of high heels in the future.

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Ageljo 10 January, 2014 - 11:16

Yes, high heels could make you look prettier and your legs look longer and your hole body seems thinner.

Me and my friends think that if you like high heels and like walking in them, there is no problem, the problem is when you don´t like them and think that it hurts a lot. Then you must be able to wear flat shoes and still feel beautiful. No matter if you're not thin or if you're really short.

We also think that wearing high heels mustn't be more beutiful. With flat shoes you look more natural and comfortable. And it's hard to say that it looks sexier/prettier.

Maybe avoiding using high heels could be like avoiding using make up, and other stuff that is supposed to make persons (most girls) to look more beautiful or sexy. If you skip those things it might get less important how you look. And that is important!

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AminaB 27 October, 2013 - 13:30

I love high heels but I don't wear them because i'm still young for them. For me, high heels are uncomfortable but they can make women looks elegant.

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justcricketforme 7 September, 2013 - 04:48

I can't walk in high heels and I can't wear them because I'm tall and I'd knock my head with the door frame.

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Lavender 23 August, 2013 - 04:16

I love high heels. You are right, they make every women look elegant and sophisticated. And for me, walking in high heels make me feel more confident, because I look taller and my steps are more graceful. But the big disadvantage of high heels is their inconvenience, especially to students like me. I have to go to school by bus then walk from bus station to home. The bus in the morning are often crowded, so students often jostle to get in the bus. And a pair of high heel doesn't make the situation better. So I choose for myself sneakers to school, and high heels just only for the party when my friend come over and pick me up.
I wish when I grow up and have a job, I could purchase a motorbike so I can wear high heels to work :)

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Ilehana 19 August, 2013 - 22:19

I do really love them! and even I have some very expensive and pretty pairs, but sadly, I really can't walk with them for a long time; but my mom says: ''why don't you just sell them? they're completely new!...but I say and think: I really can't, they are so fab!!...and I would use them even if I get hurted with them, because I love them and I love the way you look like with these heels.

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Bosnianchild 13 August, 2013 - 19:41

I am tall and I do not wear heels or high heels.I am too young for heels,and I don't want to look like more older woman.Heels look great,elegant and very beautiful but I love sneakers like All star,Vans and Adidas. :)

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onedirectionlov... 20 June, 2013 - 08:11

No, I prefer flat ones they are easier to run and walk with. No I can't walk with high heels. You take one step and you're like falling. My friends do laugh at me and I don't get how they walk in them!

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yasmeen 17 June, 2013 - 10:09

I love high heel shoes because they give women femininity

I can not wear it because it is causing me a headache

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HereWeGo 9 June, 2013 - 12:31

No, I don't like high heels and I can't wear them. I'm very tall and I don't think wearing high heels is good.

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lili 18 May, 2013 - 15:39

I don't like much high heels,but i love the heels with rivets and i would love to have some of those.But actually i die for converse(ALL STAR's)with rivets and they look better on me.And sneakers are more comfortable to.LUV U ALL<3<3<3 ;)

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Natalija 23 March, 2013 - 10:58

Ipek, you are a girl?;)
You have a photo of a man, but considering you like heels, I suppose you're a girl.

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Lavender 23 August, 2013 - 15:33

Hi Natalija. The guy in the picture is Louis Tomlinson, from One Dirrection. Maybe this is a girl and she is a fan of 1D.

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ipek c 9 March, 2013 - 19:46

I love viva la high heel. I can run with this shoes. But my mum says: You're so young for this shoes!!!!

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TeenGirlie 9 March, 2013 - 07:27

these ones are precious!! I'd wear them... but not sure I'd walk more than 5 steps....
high heels are great when you can walk on them :)

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Natalija 8 March, 2013 - 12:34

Every women looks elegant in high heels, so a little effort shouldn't be a problem. I am not very tall, and I thank God for the heels. They make me taller, but I don't wear them very often, just several times a year. But all my boots have a little heel. I know to walk in heels pretty good, but you need practice. After years in heels, they will be normal for legs just like the other shoes.

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RehinaParker 7 March, 2013 - 15:20

I like them i can walk with them but the problem is that i am so tall......but someday I have to wear them

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marli 3 March, 2013 - 13:01

i agree with the concept "viva la hige heels" and i like a lot them. They are confortable for me

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