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If they don’t reinforce spiked heels, should they in the case of obese women?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (21749 points ) January 6th, 2013

When I see some of those spiked 5in to 7in heels and some obese woman wearing them, I wonder if they reinforced the heel. Getting all that weight unbalanced on that heel could cause it to snap. Do anyone know if there is a maximum weight those heels can support?

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chyna's avatar

Really? I have never seen an obese woman in spike heels.

AshLeigh's avatar

I have wondered the same thing.
Great queation.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@chyna Really? I have never seen an obese woman in spike heels. Yes, too many. I have also seen heels cave under women way less than that, like 130–140lb; so a woman tipping the scale above 240lb and up I would think that heel is taking a lot, and can fail at any moment. At the moment that epic fail happens I can only imagine how a woman displacing that much weight will be able to easily keep their balance and not have some nasty fall.

chyna's avatar

Just curious @Hypocrisy_Central, what do you weigh?

cutiepi92's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central I’m 128 lb and I have never had a problem with heels even coming close to caving…...and I’m close to being considered underweight for my height. I am with @chyna though. I have never seen a ridiculously obese woman wearing spiked heels. Thicker platforms maybe though

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@chyna Just curious @Hypocrisy_Central, what do you weigh? I am 178lb at 5ft 11in.

@cutiepi92 How high are your heels?

woodcutter's avatar

They should make them extra strong for the safety of fellow bystanders. Who wants to have a plus sized gal wipe out and crash down on top of them when their shoes give way?

this guy does

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

I have never seen this. I have on occasion seen a plus sized woman wear cowboy boots, but never stilettos. Maybe its local to your area.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I honestly don’t know how any women, regardless of size, can bare to wear high heels. They look so friggin uncomfortable.

zensky's avatar

Do anyone know should be “does”.

Other than that brilliant question, as usual.

cutiepi92's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central highest pair I own is 6 inches though most of mine hover at 5. I’m 5’9” barefoot

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@cutiepi92 @Hypocrisy_Central highest pair I own is 6 inches though most of mine hover at 5. I’m 5’9” barefoot Yikes, 5’9” barefoot and you want to wear 5in heels!?! You just want to tower over your man or have a man who is a basketball player huh?

wundayatta's avatar

My son and I were sitting at a cafe near one of the memorials near Front Street in Philadelphia. We were about to order when this African-American woman, probably about 5” 1” and weighing at least 200 pounds suddenly collapsed on the sidewalk. Some people help her to one of the tables where she sits for a while, looking lamentably at the broken heel in her hand.

It had totally collapsed beneath her. I don’t know if she hit the brick sidewalk wrong, or got stuck in a crack. There may even have been cobblestones at that point. I don’t remember. In any case, she really had no business wearing heels on such an uneven sidewalk.

She sat there while my son and I ate, and around the time we were getting ready to leave, she stood up, and walked off in her stocking feet. She was wearing some kind of dress that looked like it was a cross between an evening gown and an Easter dress. It did not show her in a good light. Of course, neither did all her swearing when she collapsed.

But it is all the proof I need that larger women do indeed wear high heels. Oh. I see women just like her walking around in heels all the time in this city. It defies imagination.

Adagio's avatar

We learn by experience.

zenvelo's avatar

Who are the “they” in the question?

To answer the question:

No, they should not reinforce such heels. Don’t encourage risky behavior.

cutiepi92's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central to be fair, I don’t typically wear those around my boyfriend as he is shorter than me. However I still wear my 3–4 in. heels because since I’m already taller than him, what’s the point? Why should I be regulated to ugly flat shoes just because I was born with long graceful legs instead of midget ones? Most women don’t wear heels because they add height, they were them because it elongates your silhouette and makes your legs look 10x sexier than flat shoes.

I grew up in a tall household. My father is an ex pro-basketball player at 6’10”, my mother is 6’ and my little brother is 6’7” and growing. I’m considered short in my household, but with that I have also been raised to love my height and wear whatever f***** shoes I want to. I don’t WANT to tower over my man, but I have gotten to the point where I don’t care. If I’m “too tall” for a person, their just a narrow minded dumb person anyway >_> I’m happy my SO had the balls to talk to me, towering and all :)

ucme's avatar

I’d like to see Godzilla in a pair of “killer heels”, just to camp it up a bit more.

Seek's avatar

I’ve had stilettos break under me. I did wear the hell out of those boots, though. The sole was nearly worn through by the time I lost the heel. I should have known better than to wear them to the mall with its slippery tile floor.

God I miss those boots.

And they do have reinforced heels: They’re called “wedges”.

We make our own footwear choices, for better or for worse.

syz's avatar

My mind immediately went to Kinky Boots (the owner of the company designed solid steel shank shoes for cross dressers because of their weight).

Personally, I despise high heels – women totter around in a completely unnatural gait and look ridiculous IMO (plus, life is too short to wear uncomfortable shoes). And grossly overweight women look even more so. But hey, to each his (or her) own.

Adagio's avatar

We must of been on the same train of thought @syz, I was just about to post the link to the Kinky Boots trailer.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I can’t recall seeing obese women in heels. I would think it would look incredibly ridiculous.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Dutchess_III I would think it would look incredibly ridiculous. Did you check to see if there were any obese women who believe they look sexy in heels as women of less girth in the area? They might throw fruit or a smoothie at you. Some actually believe they are sexy in Daisy Dukes as well; to the point they pair them with stilettos.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, a lot of women seem to think they look sexy in whatever bit of clothing, when they really, REALLY don’t! That goes for all women, not just obese ones. It goes for men to, but I think men just tend not to care.

Naked_Whale_Tamer's avatar

@wundayatta wrote

“My son and I were sitting at a cafe near one of the memorials near Front Street in Philadelphia. We were about to order when this African-American woman, probably about 5” 1” and weighing at least 200 pounds suddenly collapsed on the sidewalk.”

Would the heel have broken if she was Asian or Caucasian? How does being black affect a person’s weight?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Chill @Naked_Whale_Tamer. Besides. Wundy is no longer with us.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Naked_Whale_Tamer How does being black affect a person’s weight?
Only in regard to their income, which in turn is the same for any other nationality as well.

Dutchess_III's avatar

You know, it is SO ridiculous that we aren’t “allowed” to use a person’s ethnicity as a descriptor without being accused of racism. We can say they have red hair, blond hair, short hair, long hair, curly hair, and they can be tall, short, thin, fat, but never, ever mention their ethnicity.

Naked_Whale_Tamer's avatar

@Dutchess_III wrote:

“We can say they have red hair, blond hair, short hair, long hair, curly hair”

How does the color or texture of a person’s hair affect whether or not they’ll fall on high heels?

AshLeigh's avatar

I think her point was that if he’d called her a brunette instead of a black woman, you wouldn’t have said anything.
Anyways, you’re arguing with someone who is no longer with us.

Dutchess_III's avatar

His original comment was directed to Wundy, who isn’t with us.

It’s a description. It makes the story more interesting. Why aren’t you taking issue with the fact that Wundy described the person as a woman, and snap back “What does being a women have anything to do with it?”

Why aren’t you taking issue with all the other descriptors,such as she was 5’1? What does being short have to do with anything?

Why don’t you take issue with the fact they were siting in a ”....cafe near one of the memorials near Front Street in Philadelphia. What does sitting in a cafe have to do with anything?

Answer: it was a short story. It needed description. According to your logic the sentence should have read, “I saw a person fall down because that person’s high heel broke.” Of course, you could find reason to take offense with that statement, too if you look hard enough.

Naked_Whale_Tamer's avatar

@Dutchess_III wrote:

“What does being short have to do with anything?”

Height affects the center of gravity. A short person may be less inclined to fall than a very tall person. Height and weight are physical characteristics that are germane to the topic. The person’s hair, skin color or religious beliefs have no bearing on the physics of the situation.

His original comment was directed to Wundy, who isn’t with us.”

What’s your point whether or not a person is here or not? A comment has been made and I responded to it.

Is a person’s writings from hundreds or thousands of years ago cease to be relevant because the person is no longer alive?

Dutchess_III's avatar

The cafe had no bearing either, but it painted a clearer picture in our minds of what he saw.

So the description would have been OK if it had read, “A short person in high heels fell down.”

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Height affects the center of gravity. A short person may be less inclined to fall than a very tall person. Height and weight are physical characteristics that are germane to the topic. The person’s hair, skin color or religious beliefs have no bearing on the physics of the situation.
Out of curiosity if a 312lb woman at 5’7” who was on 4in heels toppled off them because one broke, would she recover better or worse than a 312lb woman at 5’2”? Would the extra inches in height make it harder to keep balanced or stabilize when off balance.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Only is she was black @Hypocrisy_Central.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Dutchess_III The extra melanin will slosh around causing her to not be able to gain balance more quickly?~ Who would have ever thought of that? ;-|

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