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23 hours ago, Jkrenzer said:

Excellent look. You have the highest heels at the service?

You are an elder at church, how large is the congregation?

Just notice you have some rot on the lower edge of your siding, looks like a summer project.

Eight years ago, when my heels were lower, and the general style of heels was higher, there were a few ladies who occasionally wore higher heels than me. Today, it is not even close.

For a small town, it is a pretty good sized church. Back in the day, membership exceeded 1,000, and you'd get maybe 250 to 300 on a typical Sunday among three services. Today, I'm guessing it isn't even half that, and that's pre-pandemic. We do not know what the future will bring. I know we've lost some people, but we might also gain some people. You never know. Everybody knows mainline protestant churches are slowly dying, pandemic or no pandemic.

That's been a planned summer project for several years, and you see the result! 😆😆😆

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5 hours ago, mlroseplant said:

Back in the day, membership exceeded 1,000, and you'd get maybe 250 to 300 on a typical Sunday among three services. Today, I'm guessing it isn't even half that, and that's pre-pandemic.

Yeah.  Our church is suffering the same issue.  Just got a new settled pastor and we're hoping that gets things moving in a better direction.

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As mentioned by many of us, seeing a lady in heels is pretty much a rare sight these days.  Therefore Saturday morning was a rare treat, at the local golf course of all places (they do have many functions there, weddings, wedding and baby showers, etc.)  As I was loading up my clubs into my cart, I noticed a young lady about eight cars down the aisle unloading large gift packages from her trunk.  She had on a very nice dress, black nylons, and a pair of about 4" single sole instep strap heels.  A sight for sore eyes.  She was struggling some with large packages and I thought about going to see if she needed help but I was waiting for another golfer so I couldn't just take off.  Anyway, she managed to get both packages in her arms and close the trunk.  I watched her walk away and her grace in those heels was stunning.  Her stride was so smooth and confident.  Obviously an experienced high heel lady.  She sure made my day!

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Nice to hear that you saw a lady in heels. On Easter Sunday, I noticed a lot of the ladies in heels in church and shopping at the supermarket after. I would venture to guess that more then 50-60% of the ladies were in heels and dressed in their Easter finery. The church was packed considering the max of 50% capacity for Covid rules. Our church holds more than 1,000 people and there was at least 500 there so again I'm guessing maybe 200 or more women in heels. I probably was the only guy wearing heels, a pair of Naturalizer pumps, "Whitney Black Brocade" black with gold, red and blue trim. They have 3-1/2" chunky heels, which is a standard heel height for me. They went great with my natural color suit coat and tan pants, turquoise color dress shirt and co-ordinated tie, I did get a couple of compliments on my ensemble from the ladies.

Happy Heeling,

bluejay

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Yes, but I refuse to apologize....lol

12 hours ago, bluejay said:

On Easter Sunday, I noticed a lot of the ladies in heels in church and shopping at the supermarket after.

While our church is much, much smaller, the only person wearing a shoe that I would consider as being a high heel was the pastor in a 3+ inch stiletto pump.  Maybe two others with a 2" heel, one a block heel on a younger lady and one with a narrower heel but a style that I see as being targeted to the more elderly population.  I thought maybe Easter Sunday would bring out a few more heels, but no such luck, young or old.

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On 4/13/2021 at 11:03 PM, bluejay said:

Nice to hear that you saw a lady in heels. On Easter Sunday, I noticed a lot of the ladies in heels in church and shopping at the supermarket after. I would venture to guess that more then 50-60% of the ladies were in heels and dressed in their Easter finery. The church was packed considering the max of 50% capacity for Covid rules. Our church holds more than 1,000 people and there was at least 500 there so again I'm guessing maybe 200 or more women in heels. I probably was the only guy wearing heels, a pair of Naturalizer pumps, "Whitney Black Brocade" black with gold, red and blue trim. They have 3-1/2" chunky heels, which is a standard heel height for me. They went great with my natural color suit coat and tan pants, turquoise color dress shirt and co-ordinated tie, I did get a couple of compliments on my ensemble from the ladies.

Happy Heeling,

bluejay

Since I was playing in the band on Easter Sunday, it is impossible for me to estimate how many women were wearing heels. We had a bigger turnout than I would have expected, which is good. From what I saw walking on the street after the service while I was loading my instrument and equipment into my car, there were quite a few wedges, quite a few block heels in the sub-3" range, and a frightful number of espadrille-style flatforms! I did not personally witness anybody in what I would consider a proper high heeled shoe. If I were to relax my definition a little bit, I could probably get the numbers up to something that's not so depressing. I thought the girls all looked rather nice, except for the fact that their shoes were too low. 😛

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4 hours ago, mlroseplant said:

I thought the girls all looked rather nice, except for the fact that their shoes were too low. 😛

Yeah.  I had hopes that the beautiful weather we had that day and the loosening of Covid restrictions might result in some ladies digging out their real heels.  Alas, it was not to be in my suburban Chicago location.  I've seen reports that heels are selling well again, but I'm sure not seeing that in practice.

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Since I don't really have anything going on this week that is interesting to talk about, other than getting my second Moderna jab on Sunday, I will keep on the subject of church and heels. Last Sunday was confirmation Sunday, where youth who wish to join the church and who have gone through the better part of a year's worth of classes are confirmed as members of the United Methodist Church. This is typically in 8th grade, or 13-14 years old, more or less.

Usually there are 15-25 new confirmands each year, depending on the size of the class. This year we had six, which is a little worrisome, but it's been such an unusual year, I guess we can't really put too much emphasis on that isolated statistic. There were 5 girls, 1 boy. Just like normal, the girls looked great, the boy looked like crap. No, that's unfair, he didn't look like crap at all, but when a boy puts on an actual button down shirt, that now counts as getting dressed up. The girls were all wearing cotton, sort of unstructured dresses which hit about mid-thigh. One girl wore a black dress with knee high riding boots in this style, the rest wore white dresses with flat sandals. I wouldn't necessarily expect heels in 8th grade, but not even a hint of a heel in the bunch. What struck me is how similar they all looked. The same style dresses, virtually the same hairstyle on all of them. I guess kids really do create their own uniforms if uniforms are not provided. As my youngest is in 6th grade, I guess I'll get to observe stuff like this more and more in the near future.

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I'm trying hard to remember my confirmation class from like 1966 I believe.  While all of the girls definitely wore dresses, I think only one or two had heels.  But every one of the boys wore a suit and tie.  I think the world was a nicer, much more well mannered, place back then.  I wore a coat and tie to church Easter sunday, and I have to say that is the only time this year that I have done so.  I'd be happy to go back to the days when ladies in dresses and men in coat and tie as expected dress in church.  

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1 minute ago, RonC said:

  I'd be happy to go back to the days when ladies in dresses and men in coat and tie as expected dress in church.  

Not that i don't like better dressing at places like church, in those days even Melrose wouldn't be caight dead in heels.

I'm fine with how things are. At my Catholic church growing up, religious classes were held on wed evenings, us kids dressed like public school, cords and collared but not button down shirts. Girls, typically pants and blouses. Religious classes ended after confirmation. 

I always had to explain to my "born again friends" that confirmation was your approving of your faith and baptism when old enough to know better. Of course, had the best co-ed strip poker party on a retreat, priests and nuns downstairs.

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18 hours ago, Jkrenzer said:

Not that i don't like better dressing at places like church, in those days even Melrose wouldn't be caight dead in heels.

I'm fine with how things are. At my Catholic church growing up, religious classes were held on wed evenings, us kids dressed like public school, cords and collared but not button down shirts. Girls, typically pants and blouses. Religious classes ended after confirmation. 

I always had to explain to my "born again friends" that confirmation was your approving of your faith and baptism when old enough to know better. Of course, had the best co-ed strip poker party on a retreat, priests and nuns downstairs.

There is a lot to be said for the modern day, and there is a lot to be criticized about the modern day. And thus has it ever been. I may be making this up, but I seem to recall that archaeologists unearthed some scroll from ancient Egypt which read something to the effect of, "The younger generation is going to the dogs." It's absolutely true that there are some things that are pretty messed up today, but something that isn't messed up is that I can go to church wearing high heels now, whereas back in the day when men wore suits to church every time, it would have been truly scandalous. I am imagining walking down the street with groups of children following me, yelling and taunting. (Involuntary shudder)

My younger son had his first solo contest playing the tuba. "Contest" is probably not really the correct word for what actually took place, but that's what they called it. From the looks of things, most of the band kids participated in it, and the kids were told to wear concert appropriate clothing for their brief individual performances. I must admit that my son is exactly like the rest of the kids we criticize. He looks like crap 99% of the time, and my wife is of absolutely no help when it comes to rectifying the situation. Despite being rushed to clean up after I came home from work, I managed to get him in a shirt and tie at least. Luckily, he is now big enough that he can wear my shirts.

When we got to the school, there were varying degrees of interpretation of what is "concert dress," as you can imagine. As expected, the girls tended to looked quite a bit more polished than the boys. I didn't have time to observe a lot, because I was trying to get Mickey and his 25 pound tuba to where they needed to be, but I did see one girl in the ubiquitous white cotton dress wearing the silver shoes pictured below, or something very, very close. So there is at least one 12 year old girl left in this country who evidently aspires to wear heels.

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I have that Naturalizer sandal in black, the style name is "Vera."  Wonderful sandal, the heel is a manageable 2 1/2 inches, very comfortable and fun to wear.  I like the minimalist/simple ankle strap style.  Would be a classy sandal to wear to a concert.  

"Why should girls have all the fun!!"

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