Love Life Failing Flat at the Bar? Put on a Pair of Heels
Hoboken style has been checking out women's shoes and testing the magic of heels.
I've noticed that, in the last few years, flat shoes have been taking over the fashion scene. The traditional—or stereotypical—love women have for shoes, seems to have been replaced with a love for comfort.
Don't get me wrong, heels are still a staple of any girl's shoe collection, but sometimes it seems as if they're on their way to becoming extinct. For that, we can thank Audrey Hepburn and her role in the 1954 film, Sabrina, featuring Hepburn in her signature black cropped pants and ballet flats, setting off a flat frenzy for decades to come.
Although it may make your feet feel better, it could be at expense of your self confidence and—even—your love life. At least, that's what my unscientific research on this subject has taught me.
Before our girl Audrey Hepburn so elegantly wore those black flats, high heels were the fashion must-have, linked to Hollywood style and excess. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the more extreme version, stilettos, stuck their skinny heels into the scene and still remain as the symbol for feminine sex appeal.
The late 1990s and early 2000s—during the height of Sex and the City's popularity—brought stilettos and designers like Manolo Blahnik into the spotlight.
Window shopping around Hoboken these days, I've found that gladiator-style sandals, flats and short-heeled and bejeweled thongs (reminiscent of ancient Egypt, Greece and China) are flooding stores and streets.
I see most women walking to the PATH or their cars in flats (only to change into heels at work) and in my apartment—where I live with two female roommates—the entrance way is lined with flats.
So why would we still wear heels at all? My friend Haley Schmidt, who hit the Hoboken scene with me last week, said it best: heels add confidence. And I agree. The moment I slip on a pair of high heels, I immediately feel more confident.
But, Schmidt admitted: “I’m like a grandma, I wear flats everywhere I can. I’m even a flat-wearing bar-goer."
So here I am, defying the flats-trend. Women of Hoboken: switch up your style to refresh your wardrobe, attitude and sex appeal. Heels make you walk, look and feel sexier, so why not befriend them every once in a while?
Just don't forget to bring a pair of flats to relieve you of the pain at the end of the night.