Short shorts, sure. High heels, never!
High heels are de rigueur for women to feel conventionally dressed up. Whether old or young, rich or poor, women love the way heels make them look (elongated legs) and feel (glamorously sexy).
Me? I love shoes (and admit to a recent splurge on a pair of high, but not outrageous, pair of Trippens). I love a bit of added height. But I prefer flats and platforms, partly for comfort and walkability—and partly because I would be aghast to develop even a hint of a bunion. Until I began practicing yoga, I was unaware of this condition. While I saw lots of bare feet, having grown up in a culture where wearing shoes indoors was a no-no, I never saw bunions.
Now, having seen (and, in Iyengar yoga, scrutinized) countless feet in yoga studios, I realize that bunions are an overwhelmingly female problem that tends to afflict those in middle age and beyond. In any given yoga class, I’m bound to find a bunch of female bunions, while I almost never seen a bunioned male foot.
If you are a female yogi, do you wear heels? If no, I’m with you. I still go barefoot or wear indoor-only Crocs or flip-flops inside my house, and I like to spread my toes. Chic and femme footwear need not exceed two inches! Besides, I walk blocks in my city. I’d destroy a pair of heels as much as they’d punish me.
If you do wear heels, why? Why do you risk damaging your feet, your asanas, your precious body? They say that narrow, high shoes that crowd the toe box only exacerbate a genetic predisposition to bunions. Still, whether or not genetics are on your side, why risk it? Standing balance poses are enough of a challenge already!
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