I have a few questions today. Not for anyone in particular, just general musings that have passed through my head in the past few days, and since I haven't got anyplace better to put them, I'll make a post out of them.
If we really want to celebrate womanhood, why don't women get a real holiday? And, come to think of it, every woman should get a free massage by some guy that looks just like Viggo Mortensen...and a little champagne and chocolate wouldn't hurt either. Can't have that? Well, then at least it should be a holiday.
And it's particularly ironic that Women's Day fells in the middle of Carnival Week this year, so most of the kids have off from school. The kids get a holiday, but the women don't...way to go! And while we're on the subject, why not have a Men's Day too? I mean if we're going to go on about how men and women are equal, then men should get their day too. Fair's fair.
Second, I have a question about the dressing rooms in most clothing shops. Why is the lighting always so awful? I've just been out shopping for SAM's upcoming birthday and I couldn't help but stop off to try on some clothes myself. The problem is, every single dressing room I've been in has absolutely atrocious lighting. It highlights every single flaw a woman could possibly have, magnifying them to hideous proportions, and I doubt that even the youngest and most perfect fashion models out there would look good in that light. I know I never have, not that I'm any fashion model, but at sixteen I wasn't bad, and I can safely say that I always looked a hundred times better outside the dressing room than in it.
Makes you just not want to buy anything at all.
And with all the news about how people aren't spending money because of the economic crisis, blah, blah, blah, I wonder why the stores haven't caught on to this little fact yet. I'll bet that if they invested in more flattering lighting, sales would skyrocket...after all, how can you resist buying something that makes you look good?
And third, what's up with the shoe sizes in Spain? I have enormous problems trying to find shoes that fit my enormous (at least they are in Spain) feet. Okay, this is nothing new, but with the younger generation getting taller all the time, there are more and more women with "big" feet all the time. And you would think that as the large foot population grows, the availability of shoes would as well. But the shoe manufacturers here in Spain don't seem to have caught on yet, and they still don't offer much in my size.
To make matters worse, shoes are shrinking. I swear, it's true. Technically, I should wear a size 41 (size 10 in the U.S). Aside from the fact that 41 is not available in all models, many of the shoes I try on don't fit. This never used to happen to me. I used to ask for my size and if the store carried it, I could be sure it would fit. Not anymore. Okay, you're probably thinking that my feet have just grown with age, but that's not it. I have measured my feet to see what size I have, and it's still the same as always, a definite 41. With some brands I have no trouble at all, but with most I end up with sore feet. So, it would seem the shoes are shrinking, but why? I've seen this happen with clothes, but the other way around. What used to be a size 40 is now labled 38. That's a great psychological trick. Wow, I used to be a 40, now I'm a 38...and I didn't even have to diet. It's a miracle! And the jeans sell like "churros", as they say here. If they paired this with better lighting, it's frightening to think what might happen.
So, back to the shoes. I'm now condemned to being a 41 and a half, which is a problem since half sizes are extremely rare in Spain. So, what about getting a size 42? In Spain? Not likely. Why? In the past it was understandable; Spanish women were generally petite. But now there are plenty of tall women around, especially among the younger generation, and many of them have large feet.
I don't walk alone. It's not an empty street. I walk the Boulevard of Broken Feet. Suffering the curse of shoes that don't fit. But I don't walk alone...
I had a look around internet, and there are hundreds of women out there, desperately searching for shoes that fit. There are whole threads in numerous forums on the subject. And Spain's not the only place with large foot sufferers, although over here the problem is accentuated by Spanish women's history of small feet. And what's the conclusion they reach? Buy shoes over the internet. It's ether that, or wear men's shoes. From what I've read, many go around with shoes that are too small for lack of a better option, because wearing men's shoes is just not a pretty sight.
We need a large foot alliance or something to let the world know about our woes. Maybe we could even have a holiday in our honor...International Large Feet Day. But then I guess the small feet people would get on the bandwagon too, and be wanting their own day as well. And then the whole thing would get out of hand, and no one would take us seriously. So, let's leave it at getting the manufacturers to recognize that there's a whole market of large feet out there, just waiting to be catered to.
Come on guys, throw us a bone already...or better yet, a pretty pair of ballerinas that don't pinch our feet.
So, what's a woman with large feet to do? Oh, I suppose I could buy shoes over the internet. But even if you know your size, shoes need to be tried on, because the fit doesn't just depend on the size. And the thought of having to send them back and keep trying until I get just the right pair just doesn't appeal to me. Besides, even those specially ordered shoes are often not all that attractive. Why can't big feet have cute, sexy shoes? My feet are not unattractive (I even wrote about it over here once), but for some reason I can't have nice shoes. Sure, Uma Thurman has big feet and wears sexy shoes, but she's got enough money to have Manolo Blahnik himself down on bended knee, kissing those big puppies, and offering her any shoe she wants, right down to Cinderella's glass slippers. But I don't need anybody to kiss my feet, and glass slippers are highly overrated. No, all I want is to go to a shoe store and have a decent selection of pretty shoes that fit, and that don't cost me an arm and a leg in the process.
Then again, maybe if I start selling off my toes to buy shoes, I could end up wearing a smaller size
Okay, I'm done. Any questions?