Sunday, September 28, 2014
FASHION AND HEALTH
This week I visited the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which does exactly what it says on the tin: it houses a collection of fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, archaeology, ethnography, local history and industrial history; it is situated in the town centre in Chamberlain Square and is free to enter.
Whilst wandering around the museum, I stumbled upon some history of fashion from the Victorian era, as you perhaps would expect to in a museum. It was quite nostalgic actually, not because I lived in the Victorian era of course, but because I suddenly found myself reflecting back to dressing up in similar attire during a few of my history lessons at school - those were the days.
After engaging in some ruminant thought about how times have changed, my eyes caught the word ‘health’ at the information point; it was describing how looking good in Victorian times could seriously damage your health because the corsets that women wore compressed the ribcage and made it difficult to breathe and digest food. The sign then asked visitors to think about the ways in which we still harm our health for the sake of fashion; images of certain supermodels might spring to mind but I immediately looked down at my feet and discerningly thought about all the uncomfortable shoes that resided in my closet. That day I was wearing flats, but there have been many occasions where my feet and legs have been sore and my back has ached as a result of wearing inappropriate shoes, all for the sake of personal style and fashion! Here’s a selection of a few of the culprits. Despite the discomfort they cause, I still adore them and I'm proud to have them as part of my shoe collection.
For more information on how heels can affect your body/health click here.
|These wedges are not forgiving - my calves after wearing them for too long.......ouch!|
|My little toe and the ball of my feet suffer if I try to walk for any length of time in these bad boys|
|So cute on, but oooh do they give me backache if I don't sit down regularly|
|These become a little tight after a while, I think my feet swell because they are so enclosed. I need to massage my feet after taking these pretty little things off|
|I can even feel myself walking hunched over in these - so bad for my posture|
|Thank goodness for my Tods flats|
How many pairs of shoes give you discomfort and grief?
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