Women give up high heels after the pandemic


AmericaSince ditching heels, Cindy Grosz has felt liberated.

“I’ve been buying heels since college,” says Cindy Grosz, 58. The broadcaster owns dozens of expensive shoes from luxury brands such as Stuart Weitzman, Charles Jourdan and Saint Laurent. Before the pandemic, it was her indispensable accessory to improve her height less than 1.6 meters.

Everything changed since the US social distancing.

“Now I don’t feel pressured to wear heels,” says Grosz. “Simply can’t wear them anymore.”

2020 is the year women stop wearing bras, dye their hair and replace high heels with sneakers, even as offices reopen. According to a survey by financial company American Express, American women now tend to buy comfortable shoes instead of “professional” shoes.

American women are replacing high heels with comfortable shoes. Photo: New York Post.

For Grosz, low-cut shoes are more beneficial. “Sometimes, I miss high heels but don’t have to worry about tripping anymore. Before, when I wore high heels, I had to be careful with the stone floor and sometimes I couldn’t dance,” the female broadcaster said. member told.

However, not everyone is in favor of the trend of replacing high heels.

On her personal page, Mona Sharaf, a personal shopper, urges women to wear high heels again, especially when going to parties. Events are back. The girls wear nice clothes but when I look down, I see ugly shoes. They ruin everything,” said Sharaf. “Why are you doing that to yourself?”

The “high heels or not” debate also attracts celebrities. Stars like Hailey Bieber, Nicky Hilton and Shanina Shaik all hit the streets in sneakers or loafers. Some actors like Ruth Wilson even wore flats on the red carpet.

From left: Shanina Shaik, Hailey Bieber and Nicki Hilton wear low heels to the street.  Photo: New York Post.

From left: Shanina Shaik, Hailey Bieber and Nicki Hilton wear low heels to the street. Photo: New York Post.

Even shoe sellers have mixed opinions about whether high heels will return to women’s wardrobes after Covid-19. Designer Sarah Flint said that for more than two years now, her best-selling product has been a $400 pointy toe loafer. “This year, the shoe continues to sell well, even as people get back to some of their normal activities,” Flint said.

Marisa Silber, a specialist in branded shoes, thinks otherwise. “High heels are coming back. Sales of luxury brands like Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Amina Muaddi are growing strongly. Women are excited to go out, dress up and show off their shoes,” said Marisa.

Carrie Pluchino used to wear 10-15 cm high shoes every day until the pandemic hit. “I love fashion and I love shoes, but I don’t have the opportunity to wear it during the pandemic,” said the 43-year-old New York woman.

From the fashion industry, Pluchino moved to work in the technology industry and was not ready to give up the nascent sport of wearing sneakers.

“In general, you’re happier when you wear sneakers. When your feet hurt from high heels, you feel miserable,” Pluchino said, adding that he invested in expensive sneakers. She also plans to wear flats at her wedding this December, instead of the planned 7cm shoes.

For high-heel lovers like Sharaf, the personal shopper, sneakers represent laziness and fear. “The pandemic has only been two years, and high heels have made you unbearable?” asked Sharaf.

Mona Sharaf is still attached to high heels.  Photo: New York Post.

Mona Sharaf is still attached to high heels. Photo: New York Post.

Inna Plotkin, also a personal shopper, agrees with Sharaf.

“The pandemic is over and we should wear high heels again,” wrote Plotkin on his personal page with 20,000 followers. “I wouldn’t go out to dinner without heels. They make you look better.”

“Men also like high heels. Designer Christian Louboutin also said he does not make high heels for women, but for men,” emphasized Plotkin.

Thu Nguyet (Follow New York Post)

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