Helen G // 23 April 2008
After the, umm, lively debate following Samara’s More on shoes piece, well, how could I not mention these two links?
First, is an interesting take on the old adage "walk a mile in my shoes": The student newspaper of the college of New Jersey reports on last weekend’s event "in which males volunteered to wear high heels in a variety of styles to literally ‘walk a mile in her shoes’ and promote an understanding of the difficult issue of rape in a creative way".
Hannah Pagan, a co-organiser of the mile-long walk, said that she was ‘looking for a way to not only to deal with acts of sexual violence committed against three people she is very close to, but to spread awareness about the issue to prevent others from experiencing sexual violence’.
And another of the participants said, "I think it is important that not just women are campaigning. It is good that men and women are working together to bring about awareness."
The second link is to quite a long article over at New York Magazine, which tells us that "We’re Wrecking Our Feet With Every Step We Take"
"Shoes are bad. I don’t just mean stiletto heels, or cowboy boots, or tottering espadrilles, or any of the other fairly obvious foot-torture devices into which we wincingly jam our feet. I mean all shoes. Shoes hurt your feet. They change how you walk. In fact, your feet—your poor, tender, abused, ignored, maligned, misunderstood feet—are getting trounced in a war that’s been raging for roughly a thousand years: the battle of shoes versus feet."
180 modern humans from three different population groups (Sotho, Zulu, and European), were examined, comparing their feet to one another’s, as well as to the feet of 2,000-year-old skeletons. The researchers concluded that, prior to the invention of shoes, people had healthier feet. Among the modern subjects, the Zulu population, which often goes barefoot, had the healthiest feet while the Europeans, i.e., the habitual shoe-wearers—had the unhealthiest.
"Tread softly for you tread on my dreams." …In those shoes?!