Why I Hate Wearing Flats—Even Though I'm 5'10"
Much has been said about the debate between heels and flats. Right now, the scales seem to be tipped in favor of the latter. For instance, Victoria Beckham—who once famously quipped that she can't concentrate in flats—has ditched her signature vertiginous shoes in favor of sneakers and even flip-flops. “I just can’t do heels anymore,” she told The Telegraph earlier this year.
Of course, you don't have to take her word for it—there is even cold, hard data to prove heels are losing steam. According to a study conducted by Lyst, which factored in searches and sales from over 12,000 retailers, the number one trend of 2016 was Puma sneakers. Plus, a recent British study revealed that, for the first time ever, more UK women are buying sneakers than high-heeled shoes.
However, that's not to say that no one is carrying the torch for pumps. Chrissy Teigen, for one, has said that she hates flats and is "very relaxed in a six-inch heel." Now we're talking. With that quote, I know for a fact that Teigen is a girl after my own heart. Despite the growing pro-athleisure, anti-heels trend, I happen to be firmly in favor of a lofty pair of shoes (or, hey, even just a two-inch lift).
Practically speaking, I probably should join the flats movement. After all, I'm 5'10" and definitely don't need any extra height—and I could probably do without the awkwardness of being two heads higher than everyone in any given group. But, for better or for worse, I plan on staying loyal to heels.
Scroll down to find out why I'm officially a heels convert, and see my three favorite ways to style them right now!
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So why am I pro-heels? It hasn't always been the case, but I've finally come to a place where I can fully own my height and be brave enough to bring attention to it. I used to be desperate to blend in, but now I have more of an if you've got, it flaunt it mind-set. (What would sneakers help me flaunt, exactly? Nada.)
This attitude was preached to me by none other than Zendaya when I interviewed her for a Who What Wear story. "If you're tall, people are going to comment on you being tall, whether you like it or not," she told me. "So you might as well be extra tall—you might as well look fabulous while they comment!" Who could argue with that?
I used to be desperate to blend in, but now I have more of an if you've got, it flaunt it mind-set.
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Another reason I'm on team heels is that it makes dressing for work less complicated. In my mind, it's easier to get away with wearing a simple jeans-centered outfit if your shoes have a few inches on them. When I do wear sneakers to the office, I feel like I need extra-polished pieces to make up for the casualness of the kicks. But since fancier items are few and far between in my closet, it ends up being a lot more work to put together outfits five days a week, so I end up relegating my Supergas to the weekend.
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Lastly, I wear heels simply because they align with my personal style better—I tend to veer toward classic, feminine looks. For instance, I'm not particularly a fan of the "ugly-pretty" shoe trend (just give me the pretty part, please). I would take a pair of pumps over clunky flats any day of the week. I also haven't seemed to be able to nail the whole athleisure trend. Try as I might, I couldn't pull off a head-to-toe sweat suit with sneakers like Gigi Hadid can, so I'll just stick to what I know.
I'm dying to know: Where do you stand on the heels-versus-flats debate? And for all the tall girls out there, have you embraced vertiginous shoes, or are you loyal to sneakers? Share in the comments below!
Photography: Pailey Fairman. Hair and makeup: Tara Jean. Manicure: Erica Cruz.