Man on the street (in stilettos)

Could you walk a mile in 3-inch heels?


Sarah Hepola
July 31, 2008 5:45PM (UTC)

Jezebel has a great series called "What It Feels Like for a Girl," in which it challenges men to try various female activities. In the most recent installment, Tracie Egan challenges Gavin McInnes -- who had recently whined on his blog that women don't wear high heels enough -- to walk a mile in 3-inch heels. Yeooowsh. The result? He made it roughly a block.

As Gavin wrote of the experience: "It sucked. The deal is, the pain is focused all in one tiny part of one joint of your big toe. It’s not uncomfortable like wearing a jacket on a hot day. It’s uncomfortable like someone putting a wrestling move on you. Though I have trouble believing all women in heels are enduring the kind of suffering I felt in mine, it did teach me to take it easy on the stiletto fascism a bit and give bitches a break."

Ah, that's the sound of enlightenment. (Kind of?) Thing is, I have never walked a mile in 3-inch heels; I'm the kind of girl who kicks those things off about 10 minutes into the wedding reception. I'd rather walk a mile barefoot through the streets of New York (and have) than endure that kind of pain. My feet get blisters. The blisters start to bleed. I understand some women are better at this than others. Some women can also twirl a baton and touch their tongue to their nose; I have limitations. But as much as I love high heels -- and as a 5-foot-2 woman, I do love them -- I have to pick my battles. Those suckers hurt. (Jezebel host Egan quips during the video, "You know what helps with wearing heels? Drinking. Because the more you drink the less you feel …It's kind of like when you drink a lot and have anal sex. You don't feel it as much.")

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But I give props to McInnes for even trying this. And now I'm ready for his installment of "What It Feels Like for a Boy," in which he teaches us to, like, pee standing up.

(Watch the video here.)


Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, "Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget."

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