My self-esteem took a huge hit when I got to Tokyo. Before living in Tokyo, I thought I dressed chic.
I love fashion, especially suit coats, heels, and skirts. My parents sent me news clippings or articles about the dangers of high heels; friends would regularly ask me to help them pick an outfit or do their make-up for dates, important events, or conferences. However, Tokyo has its own style — a style that puts mine to shame.
I walk a lot in Tokyo. Like, all the time. Or waiting in line. And do you know what makes waiting in line even worse?
I hit my all-time low a couple weeks ago, when I went out shopping in Shibuya with two of my Japanese friends from ICU the Japanese university I am studying abroad at.
Shibuya is one of the nicer, chic areas of Tokyo, so we dressed up a bit. We chatted for a bit, but when I stood up to go to the bathroom, I realized my feet hurt. Embarrassed, I told them since my feet were still hurting, I was going to head back to campus after we took Purikura Japanese photo booth. My other two friends let out a sign of relief; their feet had been hurting too, but neither wanted to be the first to Asian girls wear small heeled shoes it.
One of them, a new freshman at ICUtold us rather proudly she had been periodically disappearing into the bathroom to put Band-Aids on her blistering feet. I would never sacrifice my own personal comfort for something as silly as heels. Once we separated and I got on a train back home, I pulled out a pair of black Fast-Flats foldable shoes my dad gave me, and shoved my older heels into one of my shopping bags. I could have changed shoes in front of my friends and continued shopping… but I felt embarrassed.
I love high heels because they make me feel sexy and powerful. I love the way heels look on me and I love the way that other women Asian girls wear small heeled shoes in heels. I love the way high heels change my walk, the way they make my legs look, that extra height boost they give me, and the physical appearance of the heels. A great pair of high heels can change everything.
A society should never teach its children that without physical pain or discomfort, they are not beautiful. In the end, I have to thank Tokyo, because it taught me that my own Asian girls wear small heeled shoes is worth more than what anyone else says. Add me on Google Plus: About Grace Buchele Mineta I got into the writing business by accident.
Now I live in the countryside near Tokyo with my husband, Ryosuke, where I draw comics, blog, and make videos about our daily life. I only wear makeup for special occasions. My cousin spent 90 minutes on grooming and makeup until she was pregnant. My shoes are mostly flat or low heeled. I have several high-heels, but on average, I wear a pair every fortnight. She wore high-heels app days a year hmm, maybe less, because she turned into a hermit now and then, hehe.
My cousin continued to purchase fashion magazines, and followed the fashion tips religiously until she got married. She and her friends told me, when they were in college, that they had to follow the latest fashion trends illustrated in the Asian girls wear small heeled shoes.
If magazines were the fashion bible of Japanese women, then Japanese women have no choice but to wear heavy makeup and high-heels! I think so too.
My mom is this super awesome PhD working-woman… and she only dons makeup Asian girls wear small heeled shoes weddings and huge ceremonies. So I kind of grew up seeing that as normal. Culture really does make all the difference in the world. I do have American friends who have a pretty lengthy make-up routine, but that is pretty unusual. I hit my heel craze back in my junior year of high school. I used to LOVE them and had no trouble wearing a pair nearly everyday. I actually looked up Japanese fashion and am a huge fan!
I do really love Japanese fashion — and I think it looks GREAT on some people… but in my experience, when non-Asian Asian girls wear small heeled shoes non-Japanese girls try to wear Japanese street-style chic, it comes off looking awkward. I have no idea why. I know a couple fashion bloggers who are white and deeply follow Japanese trends. People in the US used to think I dressed up too much. Girls look great in them! But it could be worse, you know. You could be in a Jpop or Kpop group and have to sing and dance in high heels!!
Look at what Perfume and Girls Generation have to wear on their feet onstage! I have a couple pairs that are fine — but my new shoes always hurt for the first couple months.
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As a wester girl, I am 1. No one will talk to me Asian girls wear small heeled shoes, generally not always Japanese man are not so tall. I still wear heels….
High heels seem to have all sort of problems! Japanese women in general are short, so wearing the highest heels possible makes them more attractive to the tall men of Japan — and more likely, foreigners. Well, I understand it. I think women look great in heels, and often buy them for my girlfriend as well.
I am always willing to give foot massages at any time. My fiance is the same way.
He love giving foot massages and going shoe shopping with me. He also thinks I look great in heels. Your girlfriends are lucky.
I can definitely relate to this! I wonder how early some of the girls must get up in the morning to do their hair, makeup and pick out the right outfits. I guess we just need to spend more time outside of the capitol.
I had a foreign friend who used to spend between an hour and an hour and a half on her hair and make-up every day. It was a ritual she came late to class pretty often. I salute them for being able to walk, stand, run etc on heels the whole day. Some may, some may not. I had to wonder if they knew wearing heels causes back problems, knee problems, etc. It was pretty shocking, to say the least. But I guess some men and women must be into that.
I remember when you got your first pair of crazy high heels in Ghana from some market. You wore them to prom without much experience. Great article and beautiful pics. I would love to visit Tokyo one day and will probably wear heels when I do so: They are both sexy and comfortable.
I always dislike the first Asian girls wear small heeled shoes weeks — breaking in a new pair of heels. Have fun in Tokyo! Yess, i thought that too at my first time at Tokyo. My friend and I really wondered how they can survive wearing high heels anytime and anywhere, the long subway tracks are their main transportation.
I tend to trip on the yellow raised strips on Asian girls wear small heeled shoes road for blind people, too. Hmm I can see the allure of high heels, as you said, it makes you feel so much better about yourself.