Quite apart from the comfort and deformity factor, how flattering are they? My ankle looked unnaturally stretched, my calf bigger, and my knees were bent because stretching the ankle and walking tall was physically impossible. Then my bum stuck out and I couldn’t help that pained, strained look on my face. I dare say with a few months’ practice, and a dozen blisters, I might get the hang of it, but why would I want to?
My clients often ask me about heel height for the office. My answer is: whatever is comfortable. Someone who is clip-clopping around the office as if they’re in the dressage finals is hardly ready for action, and certainly not in a position to be professional and glide seamlessly around the office. Comfortable footwear is less tiring and small heels look just as elegant. And when you’re working long hours plus commuting you want some energy left to enjoy the weekend. And that’s where the killer heels come in – pop a bottle of bubbly and drink it from your seven inchers in your kitchen – that’s all they’re good for.
Sara Hollamby is a business image consultant for WorkingVoices.com. Email