High Heels on the Red Carpet

I've been astounded this week to find that women are *supposed* to wear high heels on the red carpet.  At the Cannes Film Festival ushers to the event have been turning women away from walking the red carpet because they had the temerity to be wearing flat shoes.  That included older women and an amputee!  The organisers say that high heels are not part of the official dress code on the red carpet, but I can't imagine the ushers would take it into their heads to turn women away if it hadn't been a directive by somebody in authority.  

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Presumably the women who have been affected were allowed to skulk through some side entrance with a brown paper bag over their heads because they just hadn't made the fashion police grade!  

How ridiculous, and sexist is this?​

High Heels on the Red Carpet - a blog post by Colour Me Beautiful trained Image Consultant, Gillian Lewis of Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy

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High Heels on the Red Carpet - a blog post by Colour Me Beautiful trained Image Consultant, Gillian Lewis of Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy

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I would truly love to see men being forced to wear high heels before there are judgements made about any woman who chooses to wear comfortable shoes.

Do you love high heels?​

I think the world is divided into women who love shoes, and those who aren't really bothered.  For some women, they will create untold damage to their feet by squeezing them into shoes that are too tight or too high for years and years - and then they pay a price for doing so.  I used to sit next to a lady at work who had done this.  She had to have two operations on her feet, and several weeks off work, in the two years I sat next to her because she had a problem with one of her toes.  The second operation was probably as a result of her desire to wear 4 inch heels as soon as possible after the first operation!  Other medical problems can mean that women aren't able to indulge their love of shoes as they get older, but that doesn't mean they can't create an overall stylish look with a pair of flats as those gorgeous leopardskin ballet flats would do.

Personally, I've never really got excited about shoes because I've got broad feet and finding shoes to fit is often a problem; since my Style Personality is predominantly Natural, I much prefer to be comfortable.  Although I do wear heels, I prefer a block heel because they put less stress on my feet as my weight is spread over a larger area (remember your science lessons from school) but I also ruin stilettos within about an hour of wearing them outside by sinking into a grating or gap in the paving stones and skin the leather off the heel.​

Occasionally I do wear unsuitably high stilettos ​but I can't really walk elegantly in them.  You can read about my admiration for women who can here.  On that particular evening my chap and I had gone out in my car.  Whilst I was able to walk from the car to the restaurant, I sent him off to drive the car to the restaurant door so I didn't have the agony of walking up the hill to it.  Now just imagine how badly I would have been walking down the red carpet at Cannes in those high heels - a pair of flats would have been so much better!

Whilst more designers are waking up to the fact that women want to have really beautiful, flat, and wide shoes, there's still a long way to go to have anything like the ​range that is available if you're prepared to risk damage to your feet.  

What about you?  Do you love shoes and do you go through the pain barrier to wear the high heels of your dreams?​

Read the article from the BBC here: Cannes 'turned away amputee in flat shoes'​

 

I'd love to hear your comments on this post

Gillian Lewis
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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

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