About shoes

I love reading. The story of “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See takes place in China of the 19th century when a successful marriage depended on many factors. In particular, well-bandaged feet of the wife played a major role. Lily’s foot size (the main character of the book) was equal to seven centimeters. I think she was proud that her feet were smaller than the ones of her mother in-law. Obviously, women moved with difficulty with this kind of feet and therefore spent their life in the upstairs rooms for women. But what is interesting – now, in the twenty-first century, a pair of high-heeled shoes symbolizes femininity. The higher the heel, the better. And they are also difficult to live with – difficult to walk, drive a car. It turns out to be an inversely proportional relationship. In both cases it is impractical and in both cases it is about your status – I am dressed impractically, because I can afford it. But why is it considered beautiful? After all, if we look at nature, there is nothing superfluous, everything is interconnected and explicable. However, the more unnatural it is the more beautiful it is, like the peacock’s tail. Why?


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  1. I think this is similar to the veil that women had to wear in the west and have to still in some countries: not practical but that makes it more mysterious.

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