I get lots of comments and e-mails about my heel-wearing, both positive and negative. Everyone has their own opinion on what kinds of heels are appropriate for teenagers and even whether not heels altogether are appropriate for teens to be wearing. It’s especially tricky to judge what kind of heel will be appropriate for a middle/high school setting. Here are a couple suggestions and pointers on what kinds of heels will be appropriate and what kind of heels to avoid altogether.
Pick a shoe with a sturdy heel. Even though a stiletto can be just as chic, this is your best defense against looking slutty.
Choose a shoe with more foot coverage. Oxfords/booties/etc are much more school appropriate than say a super-strappy-verging-on-stripper heel (even though we all know you could so rock them- just not at school).
Consider the rest of your outfit. If you feel like wearing a 4”+ heel, you’re going to have to tone down the rest of your outfit. It’s important to keep in mind that a certain balance is necessary when you wear heels. Wearing sky-high stilettos, a skirt that hardly covers your ass and a body hugging tank top is not school appropriate.
Use good judgment. If you’re here on Chictopia, you must already have a pretty good idea of what looks good and what doesn’t. However, do take all these outfits with a grain of salt. Most of the users on Chictopia don’t go to middle/high school and don’t have to consider a ‘dress code’ or ‘what’s appropriate’. So even though you want to wear those super-strappy-verging-on-stripper-oh-so-hot heels with short-shorts like so-and-so, doesn’t necessarily mean you should (to school at least).
The kitten heel. Kitten heel’s are advertised as the ultimate combination of style and comfort. Here’s the deal: they are not stylish (in general, there is the rare exception) and if you really wanted your feet to be comfortable, just get yourself a pair of these.
Personal rant: those ‘heels’ with a tiny nub at the bottom are especially hideous. I once saw a pair of green, pointy toed ankle boot with a tiny nub at the heel (it couldn’t have been more than a centimeter high) and I groaned so loudly people stared. Don’t do it, kids.
Pointy/Square toed heels. There are several exceptions to this rule, but in general it’s best to avoid them.
The sneaker heel. I guess whoever came up with the idea of a sneaker heel was thinking along the lines of the inventor of the kitten heel, mixing comfort and style. However his thinking had one major flaw, there really is no style in a sneaker with a 4 inch heel glued to it.
Here’s the deal though: No matter what heels you choose or how ‘appropriate’ they are you will in all likelihood get stares. It is inevitable, but don’t let that stop you! Enjoy the extra attention while you’ve got it. ;)