Well, it seems ironic that you guys would encounter difficulties in chuch, where folks are supposed to be non judgemental and accepting!
Knee: I LOVE the way you softly confronted the church ladies on their gossiping, this solved all the issues immediately!
Macky: You have a great pastor for sure! I don't blame you for being hesitant to wear heels to church, gossip surely travels quickly there!
I guess my "next step" had been to wear my boots around co workers/flight crew on layovers. The 3.5" Frye riding heel booties are no big deal, I let the levis ride proudly on the heal ridges. I wear my 4.5 black stiletto boots also, but the heels are mostly covered. These boots look pretty similar to the regular black cowboy boots I wear on the job, so they seem "normal" for me, unless coworkers look closely. I like them because the soles and heels are nicely cushioned and don't make a lot of click/clacking noise. So far, only one coworker has commented, after a few drinks...She was getting a little loud, and wouldn't let it go, so I retreated a bit.
My obvious next step is to pull up the jeans and expose the heel if someone calls me out on it....
Great work guys!