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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

When the economy goes down heel heights go up

CLEVELAND - A new study suggests women are choosing lower heeled shoes and those high heels may soon be tossed in the back of the closet.
IBM says they've been monitoring billions of social media posts and heel heights are about to decline. Researchers say usually when the economy is bad, skirts get shorter and heels get higher.
That's because people turn to them as a means of fantasy and escape. In fact, over the last 100 years, high heels soared during the worst recessions.
So if times are tough, why are heel heights getting lower?
IBM says the move to a lower heel may indicate a mood of "long term austerity" that's evolving among consumers.
The study says high heels won't disappear altogether, but even high-end shoe designers like Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin are beginning to offer more kitten heels and flats.

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I have heard of other so called economic indicators, but this one, IMO take the cake. I can not speak for all women or all American women, but I can and will speak for myself. The only time I wear high heels is when I do not expect to do much walking or driving or standing. After all, high heels are worn for fashion,( especially by us shorter women to make ourselves look taller--I know I am 5' 4" a.k.a.162.56 cm ) not comfort, which is why I am usually seen in sneakers or loafers. After all, I am 50 years old, I am too old to worry about what I look like while my feet are aching.