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A recent Guardian feature asked a number of fashionistas if the comfortable high heel, ‘the holy grail of fashion’ really exists. Oddly, many of the respondents agreed that it does, though there was little consensus as to who actually makes this mythical item. The article featured a bewildering number of shoe designers nominated for the ‘most comfortable heel’ award. One woman was of the view that pain-free high heels cost big bucks, while another argued that you can’t beat good old M&S for comfort in a towering heel.

Oops! Has this woman fallen off her shoe?

I decided that many contributors had to be telling porkies to justify their shoe addiction. In the short term, high heels cause corns, calluses and blisters. They throw the posture out of kilter, stressing joints and forcing weight onto the front of the foot. Prolonged wear shortens calf muscles and Achilles tendons and contributes to bunions and hammer toes. Women are more likely than men to suffer from knee and foot problems in later life.

At this point I must confess that I’ve never really got the whole shoe thing – I think I lack the relevant gene. I live in flat boots and ballet pumps, kitten heels at a push. While I can see that some heels are things of beauty, I find many of the more extreme styles of high heel ugly, ridiculous or downright trashy looking. There is also the small matter of being unable to walk in them.

Victoria Beckham has reportedly already suffered bunions, a painful bone deformity, caused by her obsession with heels. And as for that other killer heel wearing fashion icon, Sarah Jessica Parker – I’ve rarely seen a bandier woman.

Yes yes, I know, heels  are sexy and glamorous. But let’s not kid ourselves that they’re actually comfortable, eh ladies?

(Photo by twicepix on Flickr)

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Marxist Spice

So it turns out that Victoria Beckham is the great-great-great-granddaughter of one of Marx’s best chums.

Not exactly Das Kapital, now, is it?

Not exactly Das Kapital, now, is it?

Carl Pfänder fled to England after taking part in the failed German revolution of 1848 and worked as a painter. Historian Hans Müller discovered Posh’s connection to the old comrade when researching the latter’s English exile and has confirmed the connection with the star’s mother. What would Marx say about his old pal’s über-capitalist great-great-great-granddaughter? He probably wouldn’t be too happy she’d aquired the nickname Posh, for one. Although of course, when it came to his own daughters, Marx was keen for them to be traditional girlie middle-class ladies and they were educated as such (not that that worked), so maybe he wouldn’t have minded too much?

Also, I love the fact that I just tagged this entry with both ‘Victoria Beckham’ and ‘Karl Marx’. I’m afraid I’ll never get to do that again…

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