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  1. Thanks, I appreciate that. It's one of those things I saw on ebay, and said to myself, "Yup, I'm probably going to have to have those." However, I'm a bit surprised that you like them. They're a bit platform-y for you, aren't they? I can see why you'd like the heel shape.
  2. Funny you should mention that, because for many years now, I have considered 4.5 inches of rise to be my practical limit, but not all shoes are created equal. The pumps pictured just above are just fine to walk in, though pushing it for longer walks. I also have them in tan/brown. My Steve Madden mules that you like so well are also 4.5 inch rise, but with no platform. They are also no problem, despite their very tiny stiletto heels. However, I tried out a pair of shoes last night for a recording at the church, and by the end of the hour, I was having second thoughts about choosing them. Pictured below are my House of Harlow oxfords. They also measure up at a 4.5 inch rise, but they feel steeper somehow. I have decided that church is not a great place to test out untried shoes. At first blush, it seems like it would be--you never have to walk a super long distance, and not fast. What I've failed to realize in nearly 9 years of public heeling, is that you have three things to deal with at my particular church: 1) Lots of stairs. Upstairs is no problem, downstairs is the worst. I could take the elevator, but that's for old people. 2) Squidgy carpet in the sanctuary. Not high heel friendly at all. We were going to have that 50 year old carpet replaced, but then the pandemic hit. I do not know the status of that at the moment. 3) A slight slope all the way from the door down to the street, where it turns to a steeper slope. No problem on your way in, very difficult on the way out if you're already at or past your limit on steepness. There was no way I could negotiate that last walk out to the car AND keep my knees gracefully straight. Luckily, I don't think too many people saw. Which leads me to tonight's decision for Maundy Thursday service. What should I wear? I should probably choose something more in the 4 inch range.
  3. Here is a little bit better picture of them, though not great, I admit. Nine West "Plantera" loafer/pumps, 5 1/2" heel, 1" platform. I've had them for about 8 years, and have worn them enough to have them reheeled. However, according to my records, the last time I took them for an actual walk was about 4 years ago, so there is a bit of a re-learning curve with the old calf muscles. I have made good on my promise to ride a bike in heels. Well, sort of. If you can call those "heels." Söfft "Anita" mules in nude patent.
  4. Yes, I'm kind of an oxford guy myself, believe it or don't. Though it's a bit hard to see in the photo, I like the proportions of that shoe. They aren't SO steep as to look odd. However, I'm still working my way past 12 cm, I don't think those are for me!
  5. We are beginning in-person church services again for the first time in what seems like forever. I was debating whether to go to Palm Sunday services yesterday, but I'm glad I did, as my pre-recorded video messed up, and I wound up being called out of the pew to do it live. I also decided to walk to church yesterday, 1 km there, and 1 km back. Those shoes, though! Really, they aren't that bad, my feet were tired but not hurting by the time I got back home.
  6. I have actually logged about 1,500 miles in heels. As in, purposefully walked and recorded the distance. I don't wear heels to work like Cali, but pretty much everywhere else. I have no idea of the "incidental" distance I may have traveled over the years, but it has to be substantial. I find that the incidental walking largely does not help the endurance much, such as the problems with your calves. I encourage you to actually walk in your 5 inch heels regularly. I just about guarantee your calves will straighten up and fly right pretty quickly, specially with an athletic fellow like you.
  7. Well at any rate, I may or may not be riding in heels this summer. Either way, it doesn't really matter. It will only get a few miles a week on it. It's not like I'm a serious rider. In case you're wondering, I've got the vintage "rat trap" pedals, the all-steel kind with the little spiky nubs on them that absolutely killed your feet as a kid when you tried to ride barefoot.
  8. So that's where that picture comes from. I have always associated it with a former member here, who wrote quite a number of stories.
  9. In that case, here's another one you might like. A little bit higher, but firmly in the "mid-heel" category, as the net heel height is less than 3 inches. I have bought six pairs of these Söfft low-to-mid heels in the last couple of months. I have shared three of them so far, and I think I will stop with this pair. The fifth pair is very similar to the first, and the sixth pair I almost regret buying, because they are dangerously close to being kitten heels, which I can't stand. But the silver uppers are cool as hell! I kind of have a thing with patent leather shoes. Perhaps it is because, like so many others on here have stated, I think @jetheelsfanbeing the most vocal about it, we boys were not allowed to wear patent leather as kids. That was for girls only. Which is funny, because otherwise, patent leather is kind of a pain in the ass. It doesn't stretch the same as regular leather, it's slippery on your foot, it can be sweaty/slimy, and if you damage the finish, that's pretty much it, there is no fixing it or covering it up like you can with regular leather. Let's face it--the idea is often much better than the reality. Nevertheless, I could not resist getting a couple of pairs of summer shoes in patent leather. The shoes pictured below have been modified. The not-quite-4-inch wedges, featuring a very lovely shade of brown patent leather and a one inch platform, originally were slingbacks. Those of you who know me know how I feel about slingbacks. In general, I hate how they look, and I hate how they feel. When I bought these, I knew I was going to cut off the backstraps. I had that in mind from the beginning. However, when I received them, I was hesitant to cut them off right away. I could get them on without undoing the buckle on the slingback, and they felt quite good to wear. I even wore them shopping once with the slingback intact, just to make sure. Later that evening, I looked in the mirror, and I just could not make myself like the look of them. After some minutes of indecision, I put a new razor blade in my utility knife, and I sliced the slingbacks off. I like them so much better now. These are among the higher/steeper of my new collection of lower heels, but they definitely feel like heels--barely. The net heel height is probably about 2 7/8". It would seem that somewhere around 2 1/2", I can start to feel like I'm wearing heels, and I walk a little differently. Shorter than that, it's hard for me to discern the difference between the low heels and flats. Even without the slingbacks, these are definitely zooming around heels--no mincing steps necessary.
  10. Typically, this thread seems to do a lot better when we go way off topic. Although I am impressed--this latest gambit hasn't completely thrown the subject to the wind. While we're on this subject, I still have never tried the high heel/bicycle combination, at least not seriously. And by seriously, I mean not more than a couple of blocks to test out some adjustments I have made, or something like that. I have said in the past that I absolutely refuse to wear high heels on a bicycle, because even women do not do this. The only time I have ever seen it is Asia, though I hear it's common in some parts of Europe. Now that I'm sitting here in the comfort of my living room at the start of cycling season, I'm thinking, "Hmmm. . . maybe." Not for actual riding for the sake of riding, but for things like going to the grocery store or the hardware store to pick up that one little thing I forgot. And not on my "serious" road bike, but my around-town, 1980s Gitane beater with the upright handlebars and the triangular shaped seat with two springs in the back. Like that. Any one of my new mid-heeled sandals would be perfect for the job. It's just a thought.
  11. Here is my latest purchase--again unusual for me because of the heel height, or lack thereof. I have gotten stuck on these low-to-mid heeled Söfft sandals, and I'm not really sure why. I guess it's because they look really cool, despite their lack of vertical excess. Also, I have in the back of my mind practical shoes for backyard parties and such. I have no idea where I will ever attend so many events, pandemic or no pandemic, but if invited, I will be stylish nevertheless. Söfft cork sandals (model name unknown) with a nearly 3" heel, slight platform and cool metal detail on the wedge. Frankly, they feel like flats, though I haven't worn them outside yet, so that may be a premature assessment.
  12. Well, howdy there high heeled people, it's Melrose again, and today we're going to talk about repetition. Sometimes it's a good thing, and sometimes it just gets you stuck in a rut. Repetition is good for things like practicing an instrument or ballet, or a sport for the sake of maintaining the physical skill to do the thing. Repetition is not so good when it comes to more artistic and creative matters. For example, in a forum like this, how does one come up with new things to say on a regular basis? How much is there really to talk about when it comes to high heels? There doesn't really need to be an answer, but I need to ask the question. As I get older, I find that the questions are often far more important than the answers. In other news, I have once again discovered the pitfalls of not taking regular walks in heels. I feel it's an essential part of being able to hack wearing them all day without much trouble. I had not logged too many miles in the last couple of months, it being winter and everything, so when I was afforded the opportunity to do so in relative comfort, I took off in my Nine West Sizzle oxfords (4" net heel height) with the intent of doing a couple of miles. Luckily, I only did a one mile loop, because when I went to do the second mile, my right ankle thought otherwise and I had to abort. I decided I'd better give it a rest for 48 hours, then I went with lower heels. Over the next two weeks, I was able to build back up to where I did walk over two miles in the 4" heels. There is sometimes no substitute for repetitive practice. Anyway, it's just a thought. Y'all have a good day.
  13. I have come to the conclusion that it's time for me to take a little vacation from HHP.
  14. My objection to these photos has nothing to do with the outfit(s). Do you have any idea how ridiculous this looks to an actual musician?
  15. To address everyone's concerns, both past and present, concerning the state of heeling in this country, as well as my state of mind wearing sandals in the snow, I present this picture of my friend, taken very recently. Not only does she still wear heels very regularly (at age 46), but she is also the only other person I know of who would wear high heeled sandals in the snow. I'm not sure the quality and angle of this picture will allow you to see that, but it's true!
  16. Not if you're going to attempt to play it like THAT, it won't! 😆
  17. While I am disinclined to be so melodramatic about it, this particular article does seems to unjustifiably intertwine mere fashion with basic identity, which is obviously a false premise, as most of us on this site can attest. I don't hate the term Toxic Masculinity, but I don't particularly like it either, and more importantly, what has it got to do with fashion trends? You know the term I like? It's called, "Don't be a Jackwagon." If more people followed this mantra, we'd have a lot fewer problems in this world. That goes for women, too.
  18. I think that perhaps it's a little different in Asia. What a profound statement! Of course it's different, but what I mean specifically is that people still care about dressing sharply there--at least in the "office sector." Naturally, at the mom & pop four table restaurant on the street corner, you will not find sharply dressed people, you will find friendly, but tired looking people in rubber sandals and working class clothing, slaving over a kettle of whatever it may be that they specialize in. But generally, office workers, even lower level office workers, try to look their best every day. In many cases, that means heels, even if they are little ones. And I've already said a number of times before, that once they get to the office, they slip off their high heels and walk around in those awful rubber sandals all day, so there's that.
  19. Bringing 'er right back on point, do you mow the lawn in heels? I used to do that, I had a special pair of Doc Marten wedges specifically for stuff like that. They weren't very high, maybe 3 1/2" with some sort of small platform. Then one day I said to myself, "Self, you know you are not obligated to wear heels every possible moment you can." So I stopped mowing the lawn in heels. Those Doc Martens weren't really high enough to be all that thrilling, anyway. I have also stopped working on cars in heels, or doing other stuff like that.
  20. Ironically enough, in Iowa, champion of ethanol and ethanol plants (I've wired a few), getting straight gasoline is easy. I would never run ethanol in any of my small engines by choice.
  21. I currently have a similarly sized unit, though if my wife gets the bigger farmer's market gig she has recently applied for, we're going to have to upgrade. Believe it or don't, a 2000 watt unit is not even close enough to run a commercial fryer. As far as hooking it up to the house in times of need, I have no plan yet. It seems rather foolish, but I'm an electrician. Why would my home wiring be up to snuff? That violates some sort of rule, doesn't it?
  22. So people have said, and thank you for saying it as well, but that doesn't mean I have to like it! The weather is definitely warm enough now to break out the sandals again. Only a few bits of snow left. Still, it's not even March yet. Surely, we are due for at least one more heavy, wet snow before Spring is really here. Hopefully, the boots won't accumulate cobwebs this time. Scrolling through the rest of the chat, my 14 year old niece seemed to think it was just fine that I was fascinated with heels, saying "You are far from the only one who loves heels, so why would you care [what other people think]?" However, just a few sentences later, she said that she does not currently own any high heels, and that she "never will." I didn't respond to that rather bold and probably inaccurate prediction. However, it doesn't bode well for her ever becoming a daily wearer. Mom is a frequent heel wearer, but I've never seen her in anything higher than 3 inches. I get the distinct idea that Mom doesn't really love shoes, but that she does feel the need to dress sharply, and heels are simply part of that equation.
  23. Well, let's put it this way--I targeted my audience fairly narrowly. For example, this Giang is only 14 years old. I do not know if Giang's parents know about my unconventional fashion choices or not. I'm thinking probably not, even though I have spent a fair amount of time talking to them, both in person and online.
  24. Well there's a big dope slap moment for me. I guess heat trace doesn't do you much good if you've got no power to it! I also resisted buying a generator, though I'd thought about it for years. I only eventually bought one because my wife's farmer's market business demanded it. What size/model did you end up buying? Yes, yes, absolutely! Preferably with a load on it (like a space heater or hair dryer), so it's not just coasting.
  25. I wonder if folks who install heat trace will have a business boom in the weeks and months to come? The whole thing seems absurd, kind of like the fact that on new commercial/industrial construction, we have to install seismic bracing in Iowa. But hey, you just never know. . .
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