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Flat Shoes Are Pretty Too!

Updated on February 10, 2010

There is no denying the long-time fascination and complete admiration most women hold for the infamous high-heeled shoe.

Blogs, books, songs, even whole closets have been dedicated to this extremely versatile and massed produced inanimate object of many a women's desire.

Ironically, from it's earliest beginnings, high-heel shoes were worn by both men and women alike. Today though, its appeal and fascination is commonly held by the female gender.

With the glamorization of the high-heeled shoe however, the notion or ideal that it's counterpart - the flat shoe - is inferior, dowdy, and unattractive, has steadily risen.

" Flat Shoes Are Ugly?"

The phrase, "flat shoes are ugly," has been heard on countless occasions in shoe stores around the globe, giving this style of footwear such a bad reputation.

I for one, empathize with this style of footwear. Although partial to its high-heeled counterpart, I have been a loyal wearer of flat footwear all of my life.

It's not that I don't like high-heeled shoes, it simply came down to comfort and agility.

Unlike the majority of my female counterparts, I have never been blessed with great balance, or feet that could withstand the discomfort that often comes along with wearing a pair of high-heeled shoes for an extended period of time.

I'm fully aware however, of what wearing a high-heeled shoe does for a woman (especially one of my height and build).

* Why Women Wear High Heels.

The book, Professional Shoe Fitting, by William A. Rossi and Ross Tennant, listed three prime reasons for the heels on shoes: ‘(1) “status,” such as adding to one’s height, (2) cosmetic purposes—an added design or style feature on the shoe, and (3) enhanced appearance—such as women’s high heels giving more contour to the legs [defined calf muscles anyone?].’

For many women like myself however, flat shoes are the way to go. And fortunately for us, the flat styles of today are a far cry from the often orthopedic, boring, unattractive styles of the past.

* Flat Shoes Are Pretty Too!

Today's market is chock full of attractive flats.

In addition to bow and knot flats; ruffle and peep-toe flats; mary-jane and glimmer-glitter flats; from dress to casual, there are a bevy of choices available for the woman looking for a flat that is both attractive and comfortable all at the same time.

Every fashion retail shoe-store has jumped on the bandwagon. From Payless Shoe Source (which happens to be one of my favorite shoe stores) to Aldo shoes, you can find attractive flats just about anywhere now.

The appeal and attractiveness of the flat shoe has not gone unnoticed even in Hollywood.

Famous starlets have been consistently photographed wearing the high-heeled shoe's counterpart all over Los Angeles.

When asked what was a look she loves but can't pull off, Victoria Beckham was quoted in the December 21st 2009 issue of People magazine to say: "Flat shoes look so comfy, but I just can't do it!"

* Flat Shoes Are Pretty, And Safer Too!

In addition to adorning your feet, studies have shown that unlike the different stresses high-heels can impose on the females' body, flatter shoes tend to be much safer and much more lenient and forgiving on the foot, back, and legs.

It's for this very reason that the book, Professional Shoe Fitting, stated that all women should be particularly aware of the heel pitch - which determines where the line of the body weight passes through the heel.

In the event that line is at the rear or front edge of the heel, this can lead to the buckling of the heel thereby causing the wearer to take a nasty spill.

* How High Is Too High?

Generally, the experts feel that high-heels shouldn't be higher than one and a half inches; shouldn't be worn over an extended period of time; and should provide a good broad base on which to stand. In addition; although attractive; "spike" heels are not conducive to good posture or good foot care - Sorry ladies.

So ladies, since your choice of shoes can mean so much to your general comfort and health, don't rule out the high-heeled shoes' humble counterpart - the flat shoe.

With all the varieties available now, it's easy to see why flat shoes are pretty too!

* On February, 7th, 1943, the government announced the star of shoe rationing. This shoe ration limited consumers to buying there pairs of shoes per person for the remainder of that year.

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      anon 5 years ago

      Tennis shoes = sexiest shoes.

      I hate flats that show skin though.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by Bloget.

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      Bloget 7 years ago from Minnesota

      I love my flip flops with a bit of an arched heel. ;-)

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you TheListLady for stopping by. I love flats - probably mostly due to the fact that they are so comfortable. I love the fact that there are so many cute and adorable ones available today.

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      TheListLady 7 years ago from New York City

      Seems I spent most of my young years in high heels but then when I think back - practically all women's shoes had some type of heel with height. Even if I wore a pair of sandals they were pretty high. So I am a pro with high heels - can run in them and can't imagine dancing in any other type of shoe.

      But ah, the flats. I walk all over the city and flats are the only way to go. So glad to see flat shoes everywhere and in every style. Honestly, it makes more sense.

      A great hub! Thank you! Rated up!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I have been forced to wear them all my life. One good thing about that though, is I don't have all the problems with my feet that a lot of my peers do.

      Thanks for stopping by Habee.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      The older I get, the more flats I wear!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by donotfear. I have the same problem - finding ones that fit. While I love the way high heels look, they don't like me. :)

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      donotfear 7 years ago from The Boondocks

      My problem with dress shoes is merely finding some that actually fit! I know exactly what you mean here. I have extremely sensitive feet. When improperly fitted, my whole body suffers. Even finding athletic shoes that don't make my feet burn is difficult. I wear what is comfortable. And if I'm in a setting where I need heels, I kick them off under the table and limit walking around. But that's once in a blue moon! You are so right on with this article! Yeh!

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Misstikal1 for stopping by. I'll check out your hubs.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by Jane@CM. I do love the new styles of flats shoe manufacturers are coming out with. It helps us flat-shoe wearers keep fashionable as well as our higher-heeled wearing counterparts.

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      Jane@CM 8 years ago

      I miss my heels, but with age I've taken to flats & I do love them. So many styles to choose from. Great article!

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much for stopping by green light. They do make some beautiful flats now a days. It makes those of us that can't wear high heels feel sexy and pretty too. Thank you so much for your feedback.

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      green light 8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Oh,I am totally inlove with flat shoes!!!! I think they can actually be sexy too! It is all about how a woman carries any accessory.

      I do have great balance and I sure do know about the wonders that a fine stilleto could give to boost to a woman's total fashion statement, but most of the time, in everyday reality it is easier to go for comfort and safety, and it is such a treat nowadays, that they do make beautifully styled flats too!

      Thanks for sharing this;-)

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by creativeone59. I just love them.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks Veronica for a hub on very beautiful flat shoes, thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Money Glitch for stopping by. This seems to be the problem for most women - the need for heel and arch support. I on the other hand have to wear flats, I'm just not that well balanced, and have been "blessed" with funny feet.

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      Money Glitch 8 years ago from Texas

      I have to wear heels that are in between (2 to 3 inches). I love flat shoes but they must have a little heel to support my arches...Or I'm in pain after a couple of hours. But, I agree with you flat shoes are pretty and this was a great idea for a hub.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      I'm with you Hello, hello - but secretly, I wish I could wear heels (reasonable ones) they are just not comfortable to me. Thanks for stopping by.

      RevLady - thanks for stopping by. It's funny, a lot of my girl-friends have the same problem. They just can't wear them due to the pain it causes their insteps.

      Prasetio30 - Thanks for stopping by. I've seen that you've been very busy lately. I appreciate your feedback.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      nice shoes review. thanks for share.

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      RevLady 8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      It is difficult for me to walk in flat shoes because I have such a high instep. The arch fits better with heels, though no more that 2 inches. When I attempt to wear flats, my instep falls which is very painful. But I agree, there are some beautiful flats that are appropriate for all occasions. Thanks for the hub.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      I never understood to stalk about in these very high healed shoes. Most of the time you see the women slide forward and the back of the shoe stands out a mile. Beautiful???? Thanks for your hub.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks jiberish for stopping by. I wish I could wear high heels. I've just never been able too. My sister and sister-inlaw however share your same predicament. They too can't walk comfortably in flat shoes unless they are tennis shoes. So it's not just you, I think a lot of women experience this.

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      I must have wierd feet, I can't walk in flat shoes unless they're tennis shoes. Great Hub!