Sneaky Peeky

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I don’t have a proper outfit post for you today, for a good reason which will become clear tomorrow! But I just wanted to give you a sneaky peek at the outfit from today, and tell you that the good reason I’m talking about has something to do with Newcastle Fashion Week! I am going to do something useful though!! I’m going to moan at you, but with a good point behind it, at least I think so!

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Okay, so for a certain reason today I wore these heels (Jeffrey Campbell) in to town during the day. Apparently this is something you don’t do around here. I don’t know about where all of you live, but I had a massive negative response to my heel wearing today. Well, technically not negative, but to me it was. By the time I’d got from my flat to the bus stop (less than 50 feet) I’d already had 3 cars beep their horns at me. As soon as I sat down, a man came over and tried to touch my face while talking in Indian (I think…) to me, that was seriously creepy, and his friend with him just rolled his eyes. While I sat there waiting for the bus, 10 minutes, I lost count of how many cars beeped, men waved and shouted comments out their windows at me. Seriously, I got at least 30 individual people make some response in the 10 minutes I was sat there. That’s not even counting the hour I spent in town and coming back afterwards.
The thing is, I went out in the exact same outfit earlier with flats on and didn’t get a single response, but now I had heels on. Yes, I did expect it, but not to that extent. Yes, it’s my fault for wearing heels, but why should women be objectified for wearing something we love? I don’t go out on a night very often, so I barely ever get to wear the shoes I love. I thought too that since it was evening people might accept it more. But no. *sigh*.
I’ve seen so many other girls across the blogosphere wearing heels during the day time on their blogs, out in town etc. You see them on Street Style blogs too. But do they get this response? Do you?
So what’s the problem them? I thought it would make me feel so much more confident wearing those shoes, but all it did was leave me shaking because I was so nervous of doing everything in case people stared, or shouted, or beeped. I thought maybe Newcastle was more fashion-forward than this, I mean its our own Fashion Week soon, if I can’t wear heels to promote a Fashion Week, when can I? When I’ve been to other cities and in other countries I’ve never seen such a response as this. I wore these heels the whole day when I was in Spain, not a single comment from anyone, the only looks I got were from other women checking out my outfit. Here, I got other women and girls looking me up and down and sneering. What is it like where you live? I really want to know what other people feel like about this issue. Is it because Newcastle has such a stigma of Geordie girls wearing massive heels and barely any other clothes? Or is it the same everywhere else?

So please, let me know your opinions on this, because I think this is a massive issue in the Fashion World, or at least my Fashion World.

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11 responses to “Sneaky Peeky”

  1. Charlotte says:

    oooh exciting!!
    i lovelovelove your shoes too!!
    i’ve never had too much of a response like that anywhere really. i sometimes get some odd looks here wearing heels but that’s the midwest for you!!
    i’m so shocked you got such a reaction!!
    maybe everyone was on heat!!

    Charlotte xxx

  2. Rachelous says:

    Love those shoes… argh those responses sound horrible! I must say I’ve never encountered anything that bad in London although I have had more unwanted attention in heels than in flats. It sucks! xx

  3. Rai says:

    ooh, i recognise the print of that dress c: x

  4. Cel says:

    Oh you lucky thing, I so badly want those exact Jeffrey Campbell shoes! I can’t believe so many people reacted to the heels though! I mean, they are VERY high but still… they’re just shoes. I don’t tend to notice much in terms of people freaking out at my hells in public, but I also tend to have headphones on and be totally oblivious. Then again I guess it’s hard to ignore someone trying to touch you XD

    I live in a very big city so women wandering around in heels is a pretty normal thing. Not much is thought about it in a negative way since all the prostitutes in my old neighbourhood just wore sneakers XD

  5. Kaye says:

    a few days ago I wore wedges with my shorts while I was shopping with my friend and some old eastern European lady pointed at me and said she thought mt outfit was trashy, to my face, but not talking to me directly. I was about to get upset, but you know what? fuck ’em. I just smiled and told her that I liked it, which seemed to piss her off, so she walked away muttering to herself, and the sales ladies that were helping her high-fived me.

    in general I would say screw everyone, wear what makes you happy…but in the case of feeling harassed, I wouldn’t know what to do. that sucks! it seems like some people have a really old-fashioned approach to pretty women with daring shoes, and not in a good way. I think they’re awesome shoes – sexy but not too suggestive, etc…maybe the men in your town are just big perverts. and the women in your town are jealous because they have terrible taste in shoes. in any case I’m betting you looked great (:

  6. Emma says:

    gosh that sounds awful :(. I’ve had a few honks here and there and often weird looks. I don’t wear heels during the day very often though as I cant take it lol. They are gorgeous shoes, they were probably all jealous. Can’t wait to see the full outfit

  7. how annoying! it’s so weird how mens brains works! they are beautiful shoes – and quite jealous you could wear them the whole day, because I know I cant. ha ha

    http://blogoftheprettythings.blogspot.com/

    xxx

  8. Amy says:

    This is an interesting subject. I live in Korea and the girls probably even wear their heels to bed. Seriously, every day I feel so ‘dress-down’ compared to them, but since I messed up my ankle (which I will have surgery on when I’m back in the UK) I figure it’s not worth the damage I could potentially do. When I lived in Newcastle I did notice the girls were often a bit scantily clad. But I’m not the sniggering kind. Also, your heels are bloody gorgeous and not suggestive at all! Don’t you worry yourself about it lovely!

    Amy xxx
    http://fashionsastranger.wordpress.com

  9. That is so awful, and unfortunately I don’t think it is limited to Newcastle, I’ve had the same problem up here in Edinburgh, and I suspect my height makes it even worse. Heels over a couple of inches push me up to six foot tall and I’ve found some women giving me dirty looks, and men just giving me looks.
    Anyways, just wanted to let you know to keep rocking those shoes, they are gorgeous! Now, I’m off to put on some high heels in solidarity xoxo

  10. lasymonds says:

    I too live in the North East and I rarely see anyone in town wearing heels (through the day because night is a different story). It is a shame really, as there are so many nice heals out there! x

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