By Jocelyn Johnson
Following up her post “What Is It About Legs?”, the all-time most viewed post in the brief history of Kandi’s Land, Jocelyn ponders more about our lower extremities.
What is it about women’s footwear?
I’ll bet everyone reading this post remembers the first pair of ladies’ shoes they purchased. And I bet those first shoes had a heel of at least 3”. I bought my first pair during my Jocelyn 1.0 stage, back in the 1980s.
I had just started to think about dressing and I knew stylish shoes had to be one of the first things on my shopping list. I wasn’t too concerned about going into a shoe store (no online shopping back then) and asking for a pair of women’s shoes. But the big concern was getting my size, 12W.
I, in male mode, saw a wonderful shoe in a store window, so I went in and asked the salesman if I could see the shoe I pointed to in the window. “What size sir” was his response. After I told him the size he went into the back and came out with a box. “I am sorry but the biggest we have is a size 11.” “I’ll take it” I said and quickly paid and left.
I figured the open toe, sling back, 3” heel would allow for some foot overage at the front and back. And I was right, the shoes fit OK.
Back at home when circumstance allowed I practiced my walk. After an hour of practice I got dressed en femme and went to a nearby town in the evening and walked the streets feeling nervous, but very proud to be a woman in heels doing some window shopping.
For four years those were the only shoes I wore when I was en femme. Then the purge and all was gone.
For Jocelyn 2.0, starting four years ago, I ended up buying four pairs: 3” pumps, 3” Mary Jane block heel, ballerina flats and red running shoes. Something for all occasions. The four pictures included in this post are them? Since I am 6’ 4” tall I really should not wear heels.
I know, I know, most women have tens, if not hundreds of pairs of shoes. Multiple styles, multiple colours and various heel heights. Something for all her moods and activities. But my issue is getting the right size and not having home delivery (you can guess why).
So what’s the big deal about women’s shoes?
Her shoes are the crowning touch and the last clothing item to be put on before going out. Shoes make the whole ensemble come together. To see a stylish shoe at the end of your leg is such a fabulous feeling.
A 2006 Masters thesis on heeled shoes by Ash Sancaktar stated:
“According to [Linda] O’Keeffe ‘Women may wear slippers, put on sneakers and slip into loafers, but they dress in high heels’ (O’Keeffe 1996, p. 72). Psychologically, high heels give permission to lead than to follow. A woman might become a towering seductress or she can choose to become the subject of the object of a male…According to [Valerie] Steele, one reason high heels are considered sexy is because they produce an erect ankle and extended leg. The arch of the foot is radically curved like a ballet dancer on point. The entire lower body is thrown into a state of tension resembling that of female sexual arousal (Steele 1998, p. 18). By tilting the pelvis, her lower back arches, her spine and legs lengthen and her chest thrust out. The breasts thrust forward, and the derriére protrudes. A woman in high heels looks taller and thinner. Her legs are emphasized and the leg muscles tighten, the calves appear shapelier. And because they are at an angle, her feet look smaller and more pointed”.
Well, isn’t that what all us women want?
My tastes are very simple, and I am overly frugal, but I am sure many, if not most, of you are more extravagant in your shoe purchases. What was your first purchased shoes, and what are your last purchased shoes (all women’s of course)? How do you feel when wearing them? Enjoy your shoes, you are beautiful.