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Subject: High Heel Shoes


q.gif (1639 bytes)   Is there anything wrong with a Christian woman wearing high heel shoes?


a.gif (1659 bytes)   Most Christian women who wear high heel shoes, think of it as a way of “dressing up” for a special occasion.  Little girls like to imitate their mommies, so they put on some of their clothes (which are long enough to drape down on the floor like a wedding dress train), and then slip into a pair of mommies' high heel shoes, and walk around the house "clip-clopping."  Everyone thinks it is "cute" and they have a good time.  That is probably the "majority opinion" of high heel shoes amongst Christians.

      There is another side to this issue that Christians should research.  Why is it, that women who want to sell their bodies for immorality (harlots or prostitutes), are generally seen in shoes that are “very high heels" when they are out "looking for work?”  What do their feet have to do with attracting men to them?  Remember, the immoral woman is not generally seen holding a sign on the street corner (like a so-called "homeless" person), "Will work for food" (or money).  The immoral woman has to put that message across without the benefit of a sign.  That "message" has to be clearly seen in the way that she "looks."  What do high heel shoes have to so with "that look?"

      Looking “straight-on” at a person, does not reveal any reason, at first glance, why an immoral woman would feel the need to wear a very high heel shoe when “advertising” herself for “sale.”  This view is how a Christian woman will normally see herself—straight-on in the mirror.

     To see why the immoral woman feels the need to wear very high heels (like when she wants to be readily noticed by men that she is willing to sell her body to them), you have to look at her from a “side view.”   Well, we do not want to look at her, so do the test yourself, standing sideways to a mirror.  While watching your “side profile” in the mirror, slowly raise up on the ball of your feet (to a height like you are standing in a pair of very high heel shoes), and then go back down flat on your feet.  Do this very slowly, several times.  Each time, watching your side profile very closely, as you slowly go up... and down..., up... and down..., and up... and down...  What is it doing to your posture?  To keep your balance, your body has to “arch forward.”  The “middle” of your body is arching forward the most—that is your hips and waist.  Do it again, slowly, and watch that movement in your hips and waist.

     Now, do the test again, slowly, several times; but this time, watching only the movement of your chest.  What is it doing?  It is thrusting your chest “upward,” and “outward.”  Do it again, several times.  The “outward” movement is about “half” of the distance that your hips and waist are moving forward; but the “upward” movement is making up for it, by emphasizing the silhouette of the feminine anatomy to any males in the vicinity.

     Now, do the test again, slowly, several times—this time, watching only the movement of your head.  To keep your balance, your body is arching forward, and tilting your head slightly backwards (throwing your nose slightly up in the air).  What does this look have to do with immoral women?

     Proverbs 7:7-18 says, “And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,    Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,   In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:   And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.   (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:   Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)   So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,    I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.   Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.   I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.   I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.   Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.”  What is this "impudent face" of an immoral woman?  The word “impudent” means “lacking modesty; marked by contemptuous or cocky boldness” (Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary).  “Cocky boldness”—that is the “look” of someone whose head is tilted back with the nose slightly up in the air.  (The same is true of a cocky young man walking along the street.  His head is also tilted back, with his nose slightly in the air.)  Slowly do the test in the mirror again, several times, watching what it does to the angle of your face.

     Now, still looking at your “side profile” in the mirror, walk with your feet flat on the floor, and watch your knees closely.  Back up, and do those few steps again, several times, closely watching your knees in the mirror.  Now, raise up on the ball of your feet (like you are in those very high heel shoes again), and walk that way in front of the mirror, several times, watching your knees closely.  Now do it again, flat on your feet, watching those knees.  Now do it again, on the ball of your feet, watching those knees.  What difference do you notice about your knees?  You cannot walk on the ball of your feet, without having to lift your knees much higher in the air, than normal.  Walking in your socks, or in a normal shoe, your heel hits the floor, first, and then you roll onto the rest of your foot.  The knee is basically just going "forward" when you walk.  But when you are walking in very high heels, you cannot put all of your weight onto your heels, and then roll onto the rest of your foot.  If you were wearing a very high heel shoe with a small diameter heel, to try and walk that way would put you at great risk of "rolling" or "twisting" your ankle, and thus spraining it.  In a very high heel shoe, you do not have “stability,” so you have to try and walk, as much as is possible, placing your feet flat down on the floor.  The only way to accomplish that, is to raise your knees higher into the air.  Do the test again, both ways, watching your knees.  Do you know what you are having to do, when you are walking on the ball of your feet?  You are “prancing.” 

     Have you ever seen a “show horse” or a “show dog” that has been trained to “prance?”  You cannot miss it!  You eyes are instantly drawn to those knees coming up higher than normal into the air.  It just captures your attention, and that is exactly what that walk does when a person is wearing high heel shoes—it immediately draws attention to that person’s legs.  That “prancing” catches the eye as something that is “out-of-the-ordinary.”   This is why immoral women choose to wear very high heel shoes when they are “advertising” themselves for “sale.”  Attention is drawn to their legs by their “prancing” when they walk.  When the eyes are drawn to something “low,” they eventually work their way back up.  The next thing that will be seen by the eyes is going to be the hips and waist—which are being thrust further forward than natural (to keep balance while wearing the high heel shoes), which is a suggestive pose.  The eyes continue their path upward, and the chest is next, which is being pushed “upward” and “outward” as the body arches to try and keep its balance because of the high heel shoes.  The eyes continue on their path upward, and the head is next, which is tilted slightly “back” and “up,” with that “impudent” or “cocky boldness” look.  

     These are the exact reasons why an immoral woman on the street corner overwhelmingly chooses to wear very high heels when she wants men to know that she is “for sale”—and these are the very reasons why a Christian woman should avoid these shoes.  Very high heel shoes give a "sensuous posture."

     Why is it, that the world often sees the truth of such matters, like this one; but that professing Christians deny what is so obvious?  1 Peter 1:14-16 says, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:   But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;   Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”  Now, you are no longer ignorant, but will it change the way that you fashion yourself?


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