from a height
I get a lot of, "How come you don't wear heels? Is it because you're so tall?" This is usually followed by, "You're so lucky, you don't need to."
I'm 1.79m tall, which makes me 5'10 or so? This is tall by Asian standards (though perhaps not in parts of China), and for the most part I am immune to tall people jokes, comments, questions, and all sorts of things people assume or want to know about tall people. People can't help being people, and there are worse things people can say to your face.
This one about shoes annoyed me though, because it assumes that I have something to be embarrassed about. I do not. It assumes that I'm trying to fit in. I am not. It also assumes that heels are the more desirable shoe style, and I am somehow having to "settle" because of my "defect". It is not. It's just wrong on so many levels.
I only wear flats because:
a) I like them. Something in me melts a little when I see a pair of beautifully-made, exquisitely-designed flats; heels never have the same effect on me, even though I enjoy looking at them.
b) Flats are practical. I like practical. I don't like fussy things. I like running up stairs and chasing a bus. Some people can do this in heels but it looks silly, don't it? Flats are sensible and elegant and they suggest confidence because they're not about standing out, they are happy with what they are.
Choosing to wear flats is a matter of taste and preference, and not some silly notion stuffed into my head because of magazine articles written to make people feel bad about themselves. Short people don't need to wear heels and tall people don't need to wear flats. Whatever we choose to wear should be free will. End of story.
Picture from popbee