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In May this year, Claudia Eller, Editor-in-Chief of weekly entertainment magazine Variety, claimed she was stopped by security on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival and told that she couldn’t get into the premiere because she wasn’t wearing high heels.
This wasn’t a new occurrence at the festival. In 2015, a group of women in their 50s were turned away from a premiere because they wore flats instead of heels.
Every year since then, it seems to reignite the debate on high heels and how requiring women to wear them (as some sectors and industries do), is against the new waves of gender equality.
Over decades, feminists have protested that the high heels culture (where the shoes are the ultimate symbol of being a woman) places emphasis on the appearance of the wearer, instead of her more prized attributes such as her creativity, her knowledge and intelligence and her emotional strength.
But human rights aside, do the benefits of wearing high heels outweigh the risks? Is it worth it to enjoy the advantages of the appearance it gives (longer legs, sexy arched back and fuller buttocks) at the expense of your health? And are the effects really all that bad? And are flat shoes any better?
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