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Head over Heels

October 3, 2009

One-and-a-half new workshops this month: Walking in High Heels.

There are many *interesting* websites concerning high heels, plenty that thunder on about the anatomical evils of wearing said items, and plenty that offer “how-to” instructions. Of the latter two kinds, I could not find a single site that didn’t suffer from the ‘posture problem’.

What is the ‘posture problem’?

Statues have posture. Paintings have posture. People move.

Those agin heels have sites decorated with authoritative diagrams, vis:

Typical alignment diagram, source anon.

Typical alignment diagram, source anon.

So, raised heels automatically result in taking the hips and spine out of alignment? Well that explains the enormous baboon-like rear overhangs so commonly sported by ballet and ballroom dancers, does it not? Not. Here’s a newsflash: if your centre of mass doesn’t change dynamically with relation to your base of support (like our lovely lady on the left above), you’ll be as mobile as one of these:

single-brick

This brick has great posture, I must say. Unlike our poor unlovely on the right above – but is her wobbly line really so different from this:

Illustration by Kagan Mcleod, from the New York Times

Illustration by Kagan Mcleod, from the New York Times

Does this bloke have poor ‘posture’?

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