Thursday, August 04, 2005

Lesson Learned at the White House: Buy Flat Shoes

Once upon a time, there was a girl who was going on a White House tour. She was very excited about the tour but nervous about the White House flip flop fiasco and decided that flip flops might not be the appropriate foot attire. So, as a result, said girl decided that it would be better to wear shoes on her White House tour.

But this particular girl didn't have any flats with her for the summer, and anyway all her shoes were packed except for her four-inch-pointy-heeled-stilettos and her black flip flops. So, with no other choice, that girl decided she should just wear her heels for the tour.

Except that she had to walk to the White House from her dorm and couldn't take anything with her on her tour except for her ID which meant that she couldn't do the walk-in-flip-flops-heels-in-the-bag maneuver and had to actually walk in her heels - a good 20 minute walk each way. But she was convinced that she was a strong independent woman, and she could make it.

Big mistake.

By the time she got to the White House, she was hot and tired and sweaty - and her feet were in severe pain. Then she went on a fabulous tour of the White House, but by the time it was over, she was having trouble walking in the shoes.

So, egged on by her friend, she decided that it would be better to walk home barefoot, which would have been an excellent idea except for the fact that it is very hot in Washington, DC, and the streets and sidewalk absorb the heat and are thus also very, very hot. But she decided that the heat was the lesser of two evils, and so walked home barefoot, which means that she now has burns on top of the blisters on her feet. Ouch.

19 Comments:

At 8/4/05, 2:09 PM, Blogger Classmate-Wearing-Yarmulka said...

I'm in middle of reading 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, so far, it's a great book, and no it's not about bashing liberals, per se.

Do yourself a favor, find the nearest bookstore and buy it. I think you'll really enjoy it.

 
At 8/4/05, 3:07 PM, Blogger Classmate-Wearing-Yarmulka said...

Just read the chapter on your favorite PrezBo.

Golberg bashes him for his support of racial discrimination in UMichigan's acceptance policy.

"Bollingger gave countless interviews, passionately arguing for a system that rewards some students for an accident of birth and punishing others".

Kinda hard to argue with that...

 
At 8/4/05, 9:28 PM, Blogger Stx said...

I have blisters on my left foot too. Similar reason. We'll sympathize when you come...

Nice lesson.

 
At 8/5/05, 6:33 AM, Blogger Eli7 said...

CWY, I am not going to make any other comments about the book before I read it, but it's now on my summer reading list, so we'll see. (And by the way, I do not like affirmative action, I just would not argue that PrezBo has screwed up America.)

Stx has blisters? We will sympathize very soon.

 
At 8/5/05, 9:39 AM, Blogger Nephtuli said...

It's always been beyond me why women punish themselves like that for looks.

 
At 8/5/05, 11:22 AM, Blogger Eli7 said...

But shoes can be so beautiful, Nephtuli. So, so beautiful.

 
At 8/5/05, 11:59 AM, Blogger Classmate-Wearing-Yarmulka said...

The only thing thing that a man would wear that is even slightly uncomfortable is a necktie.

Guys are smart enough to know that just because something looks good, it's not worth the pain and suffering that goes along with it.

 
At 8/5/05, 12:06 PM, Blogger Eli7 said...

Except, CWY, that a good percentage of the women who wear uncomfortable clothing/shoes/etc. do so to attract men. (I am not among that percentage, just by the way.)

Don't you think it's really unfair for men to refuse to wear anything remotely uncomfortable themselves, but at the same time to encourage women to wear terrible things like that? Although maybe it's just a testament to women's stupidity that they go along with it...

 
At 8/5/05, 2:48 PM, Blogger Classmate-Wearing-Yarmulka said...

After all is said and done, it is the women who are willing to endure the pain to make (some) men happy.

No one forces women to wear uncomfortable shoes, and if the tables were turned, I can never imagine men wearing someting that hurst just because women find it attractive.

How about women start a movement to boycott high-heels?

 
At 8/8/05, 10:42 AM, Blogger Nephtuli said...

You only wear them because they look good? If you wore them to attract a guy, at least that has some rational basis. But to put yourself through pain like that just because they look pretty is just not sensible. Oh, FYI, I've never met a guy who cares what a girl wears on her feet. Unless she really, really short, it's not worth the pain.

 
At 8/8/05, 12:10 PM, Blogger Eli7 said...

Nephtuli, first of all, I don't know what is considered "really short," but my guess is that I may qualify, and even if I don't, I feel better about myself when I look nice. I know this is something guys may not understand, but I do, and if that means hurting my feet sometimes, it's well worth it.

And that CWY, is also the reason I would never participate in a high heels boycott: they may hurt, but they are oh-so-beautiful.

 
At 8/8/05, 12:43 PM, Blogger Classmate-Wearing-Yarmulka said...

I don't buy the whole "short" arguement, because there are plenty of taller girls who wear heals as well...

I remember once a girl was telling me that a quite tall friend of hers got married to a guy who was several inches taller.

Her whole take on the matter..."Oh that's great, for the first time she can wear high heels"!

I asked..."Why would a girl of that hight want to be any taller"?

My friend chastised me..."Girls don't wear high heels to be taller"!!!!

 
At 8/8/05, 12:48 PM, Blogger Nephtuli said...

Eli, I'm not basing the "really, really short" definition on my own personal views, but what I've gleaned from friends, fellow students, etc. I would guess anyone under 4'10 - 5'0 would probably qualify. Obviously there are guys who would only date a girl over 5'4 but those guys generally have a false understanding of what dating and marriage are about (unless they are really tall).

On the shoes issue: aren't there shoes that are not painful but are equally pretty? I can understand the need to look good, even if it involves discomfort (suits can be pretty uncomfortable in the summer), but something that causes blisters? Maybe I need to chalk it up to something else I'll never understand about women.

 
At 8/8/05, 12:51 PM, Blogger Nephtuli said...

If CWY is correct, and girls don't wear heels to look taller, why do they wear heels? How do heels make them look more beautiful or attractive? What is it about the heels that makes them pretty?

 
At 8/8/05, 12:58 PM, Blogger Classmate-Wearing-Yarmulka said...

>What is it about the heels that makes them pretty?

I didn't know either so I asked my sister. It seems that high heels force you to walk in a manner that women think that men find more attractive.

 
At 8/8/05, 1:02 PM, Blogger Nephtuli said...

CWY, that answer might make sense if the goal is to make them more attractive to men. Personally I've never noticed the shoes a girl was wearing or whether she walked "properly."

But Eli wears them because they are pretty and because they make her look nice. I don't understand how that's the case.

 
At 8/8/05, 2:11 PM, Blogger Eli7 said...

Ok, first things first, I cannot speak for tall girls. I'm pretty short, and trust me when you have four younger siblings who are taller than you, the height thing is a factor, and it's not for guys; if a guy wouldn't date me because I'm short, then he's not worth my time, but it's not super fun when your 15-year-old brother towers over you.

Are there comfortable pretty shoes? Umm, you try to design a comfortable three and a half inch stiletto. I don't think it's physically possible to do so, but if you accomplish it, I'll be your best friend (and I'll buy the patent).

CWY, I don't know about your sister's theory. The easy answer to this one is that beauty is conventional. If all the shoe designers tell us that high heels are beautiful, then high heels become beautiful.

I think there's more to it than just that, but I think that is definitely part of it, and since most designers are men, well, then they don't exactly feel our pain, and they certainly don't understand that feet are not meant to be positioned like that.

 
At 8/8/05, 2:25 PM, Blogger Nephtuli said...

Yes, but why is a three and a half inch stiletto pretty? Why aren't flat shoes equally pretty? And does the prettiness of the stiletto vs. the other shoe, outweigh the pain?

 
At 8/9/05, 6:25 AM, Blogger Eli7 said...

Nephtuli, the beauty of the stilleto far outweighs the pain and suffering caused by said shoe. Just trust me on this one.

 

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