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Akpo Uyeh: Walking on Hot Coal or Walking on High Heels?



dreamstime_m_12364430Ladies! Ladies! I repeat, Ladies! Sometimes ballet flats or slippers could be lifesavers. High heels is not for all of us. Looks like I have given up wearing killer heels because it is war to walk in them.
If it is for snapping pictures solely (at least I would just in a spot), then bah wahala, but for cat walking… that one na die o.

I remember wearing a pair of stiletto peep toe heels to church one fateful Sunday morning. For me, I was sure I would make a statement with my presence but the opposite was the case. Thankfully I got a ride to and fro, so there was little time to do preamble with the killer heels. On getting to church, I was ready to take over the world and I was going to start by strutting like a peacock in my massive heels shoes.

Unknown to me, these heels were not the kind I was used to. I had decided to take risks and go for shoes with additional inches higher. After much consultation with YouTube videos, I thought that I had arrived and learnt all there is.

It was not a graceful sight, walking like I was stepping on hot coals on those killer heels. The guys hanging by the corner turned me to their subject of ridicule. If only I could have covered my ears for their laughters made more uneasy. The situation is a testimony because there was the possibility of falling flat with so much wobbling but God saved me like play, like play.

During church service, I was more concerned about the shoes instead of the sermon and worship going on. It was saddening that the whole essence of going to church was defeated. I was literally praying for service to end and just go home. On the contrary, Sunday service was unusually long. And then I was no longer paying attention or enjoying myself in the presence of God. At the close of service, it was either I removed the killer heels and walked bare feet to the car or managed them and wobble all through. I could not do the latter because with all my polishing, I would just draw more unnecessary attention.
That was how I started staggering and someone behind me was saying: ” No be by force”. Got into the car and I quickly took off the killer heels with immediate alacrity.
Mistake number 1 was that I should have carried slippers along like ladies normally do.
Mistake number 2 was that I should have gone with trend trying to blend.
Fashion makes sense when you are comfortable in your skin and style. Big ups to ladies out there wearing ’em high heels with the right charisma and carriage. No doubt, high heels command attention. It adds to ones self esteem and self worth. It also adds to ones height which provides a sense of authority. It also depicts class and taste. However, like every other thing that comes with over abuse, it has its side effects. According to the adage, “too much of everything is bad”.

Research shows that extended use of high heels can shorten the muscles in ones calves and back which leads to pain and muscle spasms. Studies also indicate that the Achilles tendon shortens because the heel is pointed upwards and thus it tightens up. This does not mean that women have to give up high heels but just to avoid the build of problems that tend to develop over time, it is recommended to choose sensible heels, wear soft insoles to reduce the impact on ones knees, stretch, make sure your shoes are the right.

As for me, I am done with killer heels. Wedges are my alternative right now. Wedges give better balance and stamina. To women of different sizes, heights and colours rocking the killer heels …well…thumbs up!!! And to those of us that cannot wear heels, please let us not follow trends at our own embarrassment. It is better to go in what one is comfortable in. Remember, style na style. Fashion is what you wear, style is how you wear it.

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  1. LEM

    August 25, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I am with you on this. Wedges are the bomb, can’t struggle in no killer heels abeg. Big ups to all the ladies that wear heels with such class and gait though. It’s not easy abeg.

  2. Angie

    August 25, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I think I will.just continue to suffer with my killer heels. I always used to wonder how ladies will wear white top,blazer, skinny jeans and those heels that your toes don’t even get into completely. So I bought one pair. I love them but the pain!!!
    Whenever I wear them, I tell myself I am suffering but shining.


    August 25, 2016 at 9:41 am


  4. Aba

    August 25, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Every heels wearer know you have to ‘break in’ the shoe on different surfaces at home before wearing it out. I wear heels because I like it and no, it does not add to my self esteem or self worth!

    • Nene

      August 25, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      I was wondering the same thing when i read that part, that heels add to someone’s self esteem and self worth!! like really?

  5. dhee

    August 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I’ve got these two lovely pairs of high-heeled shoes I just can’t seem to strut well. There’s no car to save me…yet. I’ve been meaning to get them to a cobbler to reduce the inches,please is this possible to do?

  6. Xoxo

    August 25, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I can totally relate to this article. My mum is a lover of heels and I must say she kills it every single time. They are not too high tho 4 inches+. I used to love rocking heels when I was in secondary school. To church, school parties, etc. I convinced my mum to buy me school shoes with a lil wedge cos i hated flats and I was very picky. I just knew how to wear them high heels. Then I got into university, I decided it will be easier to attend lectures wearing flat shoes instead. So I got used to wearing flats. And now I am a lover of flats and sandals. I feel like I can’t wear heels anymore. I remember my cousins wedding and my thanksgiving. I just jejely carried slippers. After the church service was over, I just removed the heels and wore my slippers to take pictures thank God the dresses I wore were very long. I can’t deal with the stress anymore. Even my wedding day na 2 inch shoe I go wear, after church sevice ehn I dey komot am wear slippers. Kudos to the ladies that can rock heels for hours. Its not an easy something biko.

  7. sista

    August 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    …standing at almost 6ft, I’ve given up on heels. it made me tower over everybody I know. I felt like a light pole when moving with friends who refuse to grow tall.
    they were nice to walk in though

  8. Prince

    August 25, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Sometimes i just wonder who some of them wear these things for. You’ll see a girl walk to church in sandals or slippers and just by the door of the church or somewhere close she’ll wear her heels and immediately after sharing the Grace right inside the church she changed back to the flops.
    Is fashion that painful???

  9. Olamicit

    August 25, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Heels help you carry some outfits better. But it’s not by force oh. I wear them once in a while and i plan on wearing them more often when I get a car but in the meantime my shoes consists of more flats than heels

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