Yetunde Aborisande,(not real name), a 300- hundred level Mass Communication student of Kogi State University, Anyigba would ever remember Sunday May 3, 2015 in her life. It would be recorded in her memory of life as the day her attempt to lash unto the new trend of fashion turned sour.
A day earlier, she had bought a high-heel shoe in her attempt to catch up with the latest fashion in vogue among her peers in the society. Apart from the test she did to confirm her size with the said shoes, she never practiced working with it until the following Sunday morning where she put it on for the church service.
With the aura of belonging written all over her after wearing the shoe, she set out for the Sunday service in her church in Lokoja, penultimate Sunday. Aborisande started well, enjoying the cat-walk with it until she arrived at the church. Feeling at her best, as she was cat-walking along, one of her legs missed a step at the balcony of the church, and like lightening; she crashed before any help could come to her.
She spent a week off the streets from the complicated dislocation that resulted. Aborisande’s experience is a reflection of the plight of many fashion-crazy ladies in the society that care not about the hazard or the fitness, but want to wear anything that is new trend.
Fashion can be described as a popular trend within a given period. It is one social phenomenon that changes arbitrarily over the years. Although its expression varies from generation to generation, one funny thing about fashion is that it never dies; only rest to pick up again. So, the coming back on the social scene of the use of high-heel shoes by ladies of this generation has made good the notion that fashion lives on.
For generations, the use of high-heel shoes has signified feminity and glamour. Historical account posited that high-heel shoes were worn for centuries throughout the near east as form of riding foot wears; just as others in the enclave see the use of high heels as foolish and effeminate. The high heels that came back into the fashion of the world in the mid-19th century after men in Europe stopped its use by 1740 also disappeared from women’s feet after the French revolution.
In Nigeria, the fashion of high heel shoes was once an essential accessory for men and women in the 70s and early 80s. Besides the fun associated with it, it appears the use of high-heel shoes varies from generation. It is held that Europeans were first attracted to the high heel shoes because the Persian connection gave them a macho air, but a craze in women’s fashion for adopting elements of men’s dress made their use soon spread wildly to women and children all over the world.
Perhaps, high heels tend not to be very comfortable to the wearer, it is said in the ancient Persia (the historical name for modern Iran) the use of high-heel shoes was essential to the fighting styles of the ancient kingdom of Persia around 16th century. It was gathered that,” When the soldier stood up in his stirrups, the heel helped him to secure his stance so that he could shoot up his bow and arrow more effectively”, to achieve a target.
Surprisingly, research recently shows that high heel shoes work wonders for a woman’s sex life as well as having dramatic effect in men’s libido. It is claimed that high-heeled shoes not only tone the legs and strengthen the pelvic muscles, but “directly work the pleasure muscles which are linked to orgasm”.
According to an Italian urologist, Dr Maria Cerruto of the University of Verona, a pair of moderately high-heeled shoes has beneficial effects, saying, the heels influence and work the pelvic muscles and reduce the need to exercise them. “We now hope to prove that wearing heels during daily activity may reduce the need for the pelvic exercises necessary to keep that part of a woman’s anatomy toned and elastic”, he expressed.
Dr Cerruto who said women often have difficulty in carrying out the right exercises for the pelvic zone said wearing heels could prove to be the solution, adding that out of 66 women under the age of 50 under study that held their feet at 15 degree angle to the ground (equivalent of a two-inch heel), 15percent showed less electrical activity in their pelvic muscles.
Many ladies hold it that wearing of high heel shoes make life more exciting, saying that in the 80s, it was all about power, not as it is being viewed as an elegance of today; even as most of them claimed of being ignorance of its bizarre sexual benefits.
Miss Aborisade who was a victim of the hazard associated with high heel shoe recently said apart from trying to prove a point that she belongs socially, she said that she opted for the heels because it makes the wearer develop unusual confidence in herself. Miss Aborisade who added that the incident has not discouraged her from using the shoes said since the ugly incident she always experienced the attack of goose pimples all over her once she wears it.
Another lady, a graduate of sociology from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Miss Zainab Ahmed who is now a corps member, noted that she got her high heel shoes because of her height.
“I’ve observed that I always see my self lost in a crowd in an occasion because of the way nature regulated my height. I felt cheated. Since I bought a pair of the shoe, I felt relaxed anytime I found myself in a crowd”, she expressed.
A hair dresser, Miss Ajuma Agono, along IBB highway in the capital city said wearing high heel shoes is a way to appeal to the male folks and attract them towards oneself, cautioning that it should not be over used to avoid its counter-productivity.
No matter the reason behind one’s decision to wear high-heel shoes, its fashion, like any fashionable goods will continue to grow from generation with modification.

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