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1 August 2011 / leggypeggy

Stilettos—the new all-terrain vehicle?

A smooth-ish trap being set for stiletto wearers.

How do these women do it? All across Europe and now in Central Asia, women—and not just the young’uns—are trundling along in the most incredibly high and spindly stilettos. It makes my feet and back hurt just to look at them.

It wouldn’t be so bad, but so many roads and footpaths (where they exist at all) are terrible. Pavers are broken or missing, manhole covers are never to be seen again, potholes are huge and dog turds are abundant.

Plus, many community’s have starting using even more cobblestones for roads and paths. They look quaint and stylish, but they are rugged and deadly. I have enough trouble navigating in tennis shoes or thongs (just so you know I’m not talking about skimpy underwear—in Australia we say thongs instead of flipflops).

Historical sites are just as bad. Their paving is usually a few hundred years old. Imagine trying to cruise through the various levels of stone slabs with surfaces and edges that are sharp and chipped or smooth and slippery. Or both at the same time.

In Germany, I saw a woman coming out of church after attending a wedding. She had a distinct hobble, swollen feet, a death-grip on her hubby’s arm and the regulation stilettos. Julia, one of our former German exchange students, said she was having a good whinge (complaint) to her hubby about the deplorable state of the road, as well as her shoes and her feet.

As I wobble my way back to Australia in my flat shoes, I keep chanting to myself—don’t break anything, don’t break anything! A broken ankle in a plaster cast would make it plenty hard to get on and off the truck.


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  1. Louise M Oliver / Aug 2 2011 8:03 am

    I’m with you Peggy! I remember when I was in my twenties, platforms were in fashion. They were shoes, quite literally on a platform. Their heels were high but much more substantial than stilettos and I was always falling off mine. Eventually I gave up and now, with my orthotics, and various age-related eccentricities, I would no more attempt to wear a stiletto than volunteer to walk to Melbourne! And on cobbles! My goodness! All I’d wear on anything that involved walking, on any surface, would be sturdy, lace-ups that you could be sure would at least stay on your foot. Well done for being safe and stable and I’m sure you won’t break anything. All that walking up the hill at the back of Campbell will serve you in very good stead.


    • leggypeggy / Feb 14 2012 3:45 pm

      Our uphill hikes around Canberra served us well for the entire trip, but I never wore high heels. 🙂


  2. duonyte / Feb 13 2012 1:17 pm

    Gosh, I remember heels. From the days when women had to wear skirted suits or dresses and heels were necessary. But even then I never had any over two inches. Of course, I have never been very coordinated so the really high heels would have never worked out for me. But on cobblestones??? Heaven help us!


    • leggypeggy / Feb 14 2012 3:46 pm

      It’s amazing to see women in Southeast Asia wearing stilettos while they are driving a motorscooter. I’ll have to post a pic.


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