I will just start off by saying how, I can not stand feet. I think most feet are ugly, crusty, weird, funny smelling (not that I have smelled every pedis)……except for baby feet. I use to sit and smell my son’s baby toes when he was a tiny thing. I loved the smell of his natural baby self, and baby lotion on his feet. From the age of 1 until now, his feet smelled masculine. That is another way of saying, they are slightly on the potent side. That is another way of saying…they stink. Not bad, just the footy smell that we all have once we start learning how to walk and putting our feet to use, until we learn about foot creams and lovely scented lotions.
I like my own feet because they are mine. I have to look at them every day, and they are not going anywhere. When I feel insecure with my toes, I pull out the pumice stone, the clippers, and put a little twinkle on my toe nails.
This topic really isn’t about “feet”, as much as it is about the health of our feet. A few days ago I was reading an article on shoes. The season of wardrobe change is coming, and boots are always at the top of my list for needs of my family. I ran into an article about the damage that heels create in a woman’s body.
Many of us have an appreciation for heels. They are glamorous, they compliment most outfits, they elongate your legs…..if you even care about that. I just thought that I would throw that in. Heels also give your calves an amazing workout. What is funny is that so many women keep a straight face when wearing them….but you know they hurt :). Supposedly beauty is pain. So some will bare this pain, thinking, believing, and acting like it makes them beautiful. Even their mannerisms change…….by a simple pair of heels. All they are really doing is causing pain to their own bodies. Oh, the idiosyncrasies of some.
Heels are not evil, I like them. I have a couple of pairs in my closet that I only wear if I know that I will be sitting for the duration of my time. So they have not moved out of my closet. In fact they have a layer of dust on them. However the unnecessary evil is when you wear them so much that your bunion has a life of its own and your back keeps giving out at age 22. All things must be done, even worn in moderation.
No one that I know was born with elevated feet. Either some of us have arches or some of us have flat feet, but not many of us have ballerina feet right out of the womb. If we do, there is nothing wrong with being unique ;). So, that expectation of beauty, is unrealistic for a multitude. What do heels do to one’s body? I will just show you through illustration:
In the end, real beauty is being natural. Just the way that God created you . Howbeit, wearing heels does not make you any less beautiful than someone who wears flats, sandals, or just goes barefoot. I have seen that. Not many of us will surrender our high heels.
If you are going to wear them be smart about it. Wear them with a heel height that is not ridiculous. Do not live in them. They are not necessary on a daily basis (at all, really), even if your career requires a certain attire. Heels are made in all sorts of comfort levels and styles. If your vanity is more important than your health, you will reap the consequences. Just remember, if you are Blessed to grow old, what you do to your body today, will affect it years from now.
1 Peter 3:3-4 “3. Do not let your adornment be merely (only) outward- arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – 4. rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is *precious in the sight of God.