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It was Feb. yesterday and close to 80 F yesterday here;

Pre-pandemic, a few faculty (including me) wore high heels.  More administrators and their assistants did. Our lab faculty will almost never wear heels in labs.

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7 hours ago, Chorlini said:

I'm at a lower latitude then Virginheels who is in Scotland, which is not known for its warmer weather.

 

 

He is right, we are not know for our sun, it often rains in some form here 200 odd days a year. I am at 55.85 north, same as Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan and Shamattawa, Manitoba plus a city where there’s a bunker baby right now Moscow I believe.

Had about 70 sightings today at work, from 2 inch block and kitten heels to 4.5 inch stilettos.

Im thinking it may be cultural and economic, we may be different. There’s a phrase, when times are tight, heels and hemlines go up, when times are good the hemlines and heels go down. And with the pandemic entering endemic stage and the inflation rate here at 7%, probably 8.5%+ once Russia/Ukraine is factored in, folk are going back to more traditional ways. 

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To be fair, I don't think a single female member of my university faculty wore heels over 1 1/2". I say 1 1/2" because I remember hearing this conversation, "I refuse to wear heels over 1 1/2"." I cannot remember the context, but I remember that line out of Dr. Shelley H's mouth. Here at what is now home, where I grew up, I don't remember the local college faculty women wearing heels at all, and I would have noticed.

I got to thinking, and I tried to remember how many girls wore heels back then. I think that perhaps memory is a little rosier than reality, because I came up with half a dozen girls (out of 1,000) who wore heels pretty much every day. There were a bunch more who would heel up for dressier events, but it just wasn't a deal where you'd see heels all the time everywhere.

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I was at college during the 70s (76-80) and I don’t remember anybody wearing heels, now that I think of it. I do recall a huge trend for these Swedish clogs with wooden soles - otherwise it was mainly Topsiders, trainers or hiking boots

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15 hours ago, Shyheels said:

I was at college during the 70s (76-80) and I don’t remember anybody wearing heels, now that I think of it. I do recall a huge trend for these Swedish clogs with wooden soles - otherwise it was mainly Topsiders, trainers or hiking boots

Yup, I remember the clogs for sure, but I was just in elementary school at the time. Hiking boots were a thing for a while. I remember there was this one skinny kid in junior high school who wore size 15 U.S. men's. All you could see were the hiking boots. Don't know where the rest of him disappeared to.

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Hiking boots were always my thing. Except for cycling or the gym or when I did fencing, I virtually never wore shoes, always boots. That’s where I get my partiality for ankle and knee boots - racier, edgier versions of my normal style choice.

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Now that a few months have passed, I am sorry to report that, in fact, the platform is here in the Midwest USA. Which means that it's an actual trend, not just a passing fad. When I say platforms, it's not like the kind I wear. I mean huge, clunky, elephantine shoes. Not every girl is wearing them, but I've seen enough of them to know that our worst fears have actually gained some traction in the fashion world.

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9 hours ago, mlroseplant said:

Now that a few months have passed, I am sorry to report that, in fact, the platform is here in the Midwest USA. Which means that it's an actual trend, not just a passing fad. When I say platforms, it's not like the kind I wear. I mean huge, clunky, elephantine shoes. Not every girl is wearing them, but I've seen enough of them to know that our worst fears have actually gained some traction in the fashion world.

Too bad the girls don't have the fashion sense to leave that style of platform shoes to Herman Munster.

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I think a pair of platform boots looks like those on Bratz dolls, which many of today's women grew up with as girls, and I've seen social media comments from women wearing them saying as much.

They're a retro thing that take more after the 90s than the 70s style platforms.

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I remember the 90s as being a lean time in terms of high heels. I don't remember a whole lot about that time, only that the shoes were huge and largely, but not always, effectively low heeled. And oh yeah, kids wore their pants 3 inches too long and walked on the hem. Then along came the television series "Sex and the City," and the stiletto came back into fashion again. Eventually.

There is some overlap, however. Bratz came out in 2001, but Sex and the City debuted in 1998. The Spice Girls and their huge platforms were solidly mid 90s. Bratz dolls were almost too late to the game, but I seem to remember giant shoes well past 2000.

These modrun platforms are a little different than the ones from either the 70s or the 90s, but they are definitely big looking shoes.

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