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Russian Women are Practically Born with High Heels On

09/04/2009
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Beautiful Russian Women and high heels…

Especially REALLY High Heels have always been a fascinating enigma for me.

Just what is it about this seemingly simple invention that guys like me adore so much?

I admit I’m in an eviable position because I get to watch ladies in this part of the world walking around in some of the sexiest footware in existence.

It really doesn’t matter if it’s a knee high boot lined with real fur strutting through the Siberian ice in the winter…

Or a hot looking summer stilletto with laces tightly criss-crossing up a well toned ankle with a shoe lace knot that’s just tempting a man to untie them ever so slowly…  ;)

Russian women so easily flaunting their natural and God-given femininity like this is something that I’ll never take for granted.

And neither should you if you ever manage to make it over here to see for yourself.

Take a peak at the videos below to see more of what I mean.

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36 Responses to Russian Women are Practically Born with High Heels On

  1. Bella on 09/04/2009 at 3:10 pm

    Brilliant! Things like this make we want to go to Russia more than any of you guys :]

    I’m sure I can win the high heels race myself!

  2. Jonathan Rawling on 09/04/2009 at 10:19 am

    Brilliant vids – especially the race. My last girlfriend wore heels so infrequently she could barely walk in them on the odd occasion she did… but SPRINT?! My word, impressive.

    One thing that is very noticeable about Russian women is that so many of them have fabulous legs, certainly a contributing factor to that will be constant high-heel wearing and a practised, feminine walk.

    And to think so many Western girls hide their legs because they’re unhappy with them… maybe that’s because they wear flat shoes all the time and walk like men!

    • Jonathan Rawling on 09/04/2009 at 10:21 am

      Oh, and hello everybody!

      [Formerly the occasional commenter "J"]

  3. sincerelyhazel on 09/04/2009 at 6:23 pm

    About walking on ice in high heels, I actually found it quite a bit easier as the heels dig into the ice.

    How Russian women can afford those lovely fur coats is beyond me, though.

  4. john on 09/05/2009 at 9:34 pm

    I agree with everything that has been said on this site about the value of self-improvement, but wearing high heels will eventually take a woman in the opposite direction.

    Although high heels do provide a cosmetic benefit, they also gradually cause irreversible damage (which is not noticed until it is too late) by misaligning the knee joint and thus causing significant mechanical wear of the cartilage.

    There are many articles that discuss this, for example:

    http://www.ynhh.org/healthlink/womens/womens_6_01.html

    So I think that high heels should be limited to special occasions.

    There are many other ways for a woman to emphasize her femininity, and I would much rather have mine be my active partner for a longer time.

    • Richard on 09/07/2009 at 1:28 am

      John,
      I have also seen the effect that many years of wearing high heels has had on women in my age group. The first sign, which was basically ignored by most women, was the strengthening of calf (gastrocnemius) muscles. This bulking up in the lower leg was from the body’s normal compensation for a misalignment in walking posture. Oddly enough, at the same time (back in the 60s and 70s) while skirts were getting much shorter and people were becoming less active, many women started developing more “protection” on their upper legs as well. In a nut shell, high heels or platforms and shorts skirts added to slower lifestyle produced fatter and less attractive legs in the women who tried hardest to show off those legs.
      While a lot of women of that era dismissed the notion as little more than a ploy by conservative minded traditionalists to return to ‘more suitable’ clothing, the ongoing leg and back troubles that many middle aged women deal with now have been attributed to the footwear of their youth.

      • sincerelyhazel on 09/07/2009 at 10:13 am

        That’s a little scary… I’ve heard that wearing high heels might cause problems, of course, but never really thought it was a big deal. This will definitely make me think twice! I don’t wear them very often as I developed a problem with the cartilage in one of my knees when I was 13 so it just hurts too much for two days after I’ve worn them… But I probably wear them more than I should. They just look so fabulous…

      • Westerngirl on 09/09/2009 at 5:39 pm

        That is interesting Richard I did not know that information. I have high heel shoes that I will wear with my dresses. I don’t were them alot though so it shouldn’t do anything. One pair is painful to were so they are the pair I hate. I am not realy into short skirts that way above the knees or short shorts.

  5. sam ogilvie on 09/07/2009 at 1:58 am

    Darn, Marsha and those girls at the front were flying. Can you imagine trying to stay upright, much less run, on that old, uneven brick surface? I watched a replay of this year’s race on the national news here, and it made me hurt to see all those girls falling. I can sympathize, two seconds in those spikes and I would either be on my “arse” or head.

  6. Ivanka on 09/08/2009 at 8:41 pm

    I think while the higher heels may cause damage to a person’s body in the long run, that DEFINATELY does not mean that we women should resort to just wearing flat shoes with no heel at all, except for twice a year or something (unless, of course, you are actually protecting yourself from injury).

    I believe that women who are used to wearing heels frequently, (and consequently can run races in them), are far less likely to get injuries from wearing them.

    • Bella on 09/10/2009 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Ivanka

      I like wearing heels too, but sometimes I wear flat shoes. I walk easily in heels and can run without a problem. But I walk a lot (have no car) so often wear, for instance, flat ballet pumps. If I wear heels for the entire duration of the day walking around, up hills etc, I find the ball of my foot gets really hurt, even if I use those gel-pads. So I am wondering:

      Do you wear heels for proper walking, or just to office/to and from shops etc.? If so how do you get them comfortable? It can’t be experience because I have been regularly wearing them for years! Maybe yours are lower?

      Why are heels so important to you? Do you not think some flat shoes can be pretty?

      Many thanks xxx

      • Ivanka on 09/10/2009 at 10:23 pm

        My heels are sorta medium height I would say, and I like wedge heels for more walking. For comfort in the shoe, a lot has to do with how well it was made. I save my higher heels for when I will be hopefully not be walking too much.

        I do wear flat shoes, but I like them to look styled to the shape of the foot. I do not know why I like heels :) I am just that way :)

        I have noticed that it makes a big difference for me if the shoe is shaped so that my weight is more on the ball of the foot and less on the toes. I have a pair of boots (which I actually have on right now and I am standing up at a computer:) where the heels wore down only a small amount but it changed the angle of the whole shoe so now they are much more comfortable than they were when I first got them.

  7. Kisha on 09/12/2009 at 8:00 am

    High heels is a weapon of mass destruction, espesially in public transport. I always fear for my feet if there are a lot *feminine* women around me in metro.

    • sam ogilvie on 09/14/2009 at 11:34 am

      Kisha, I thought you were going to say you feared they would take them off and swing them like weapons.
      I guess I find them attractive like most men, but, unfortunately, I see a lot of women with enormous legs wearing them frequently. I imagine all that weight combined with gravity and slope results in some sore girls at the end of the day.

      • Kisha on 09/14/2009 at 1:48 pm

        Doesn’t matter how big or tiny the girl is, even extreemely skinny ones don’t weight less than 40 kilos. Which can be really dangerous in terms of injury if their stilleto ends up on your bare toe. Happened to me once, still wodering how on earth I was able to survived it.

  8. Laura on 09/14/2009 at 10:03 am

    I can’t believe how much makeup/beauty products the girl in the first video owns! It’s very different from our Vicky Pollard lookalikes here in the UK ;)

    • sam ogilvie on 09/14/2009 at 11:29 am

      Laura, who is Vicky Pollard?

      • Laura on 09/14/2009 at 1:23 pm

        Vicky Pollard is a character from the comedy series “Little Britain”: http://tomofthailand.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/vicky_pollard_and_kids.jpg Obviously it’s a stereotype but although we have stylish women in the UK, I live in a rather bad area where many of the locals look like this. Most of the women I know don’t really wear makeup, so it’s interesting to see how things are different in Russia.

      • sam ogilvie on 09/14/2009 at 1:42 pm

        Thanks a bunch for the picture, Laura. I guess a guy learns something every day. No offense to anyone, but that gal needs to join Bella on some of her nice walks.

    • Kisha on 09/14/2009 at 1:51 pm

      tsssss don’t tell anyone, but that’s what, she believes, makes her a woman.

      • sam ogilvie on 09/14/2009 at 2:18 pm

        I sent the link of Vicky on to all the single guys and athletic recruiters I know. Man, isn’t it amazing how technology allows one to “learn” so many things so quickly?

      • sam ogilvie on 11/19/2009 at 12:53 am

        Bad mistake sending that image of Ms. Vicky Pollard around— I caught some serious flak on that one!

  9. Amanda S. on 11/17/2009 at 5:41 pm

    Russian women truly are impressive ladies, but I must ask: how can they afford such decadent clothing? Maybe they spend more money towards appearance than Western ladies because they value it more? I was just wondering, because I doubt these women are all rich, even those that live in the capitol.

    Thanks :)

    • sam ogilvie on 11/18/2009 at 3:45 am

      Hello Amanda,

      You know we all have our priorities and interests, and virtually every page of this blog speaks of the average Russian woman’s strong interest in dressing nicely, and expressing her sense of fashion and style. As several have pointed out, the quality of garments varies widely, and not all share the same tastes, but, regardless of means, the average Russian woman is going to strive to look, what she considers, her best.

      I have always loved loose-fitting comfortable clothes that don’t necessarily look good, but it is refreshing to see people that have a very different philosophy.

    • Evushka on 11/18/2009 at 5:00 pm

      Amanda,
      It is not about price of clothes, or amounts of it. Matter of fact salary of an average Russian is much smaller then American. It’s about sense of style, knowing your body, what fits and what doesn’t. Actually spending time studying what looks good on you, don’t hide your assets, don’t be afraid to show that you are a woman. I’m a Russian living in US and dress code is my biggest problem of all culture pressure I’ve experiencing on a daily basis here. I look at clothes as way to express myself, my mood, my inner being. People always ask me “How come you always dress up and look put together?”, and I want to ask them back “Why aren’t you dress up and keep hiding behind those baggy clothes? Is that how you see yourself?”
      Best regards,
      Evushka

      • sam ogilvie on 11/19/2009 at 12:51 am

        “I want to ask them back, ‘Why…….?’” That’s hilarious, Evushka. Please don’t let them get you down! Those girls oughta live and let live, and, perhaps, hop on a treadmill on ocassion, too.

    • Kisha on 11/18/2009 at 7:30 pm

      Amanda, fur coats are not as expensive as you imagine. If they really want it they may save up for it for several months. Russian women are generally crazy about clothes, big malls here are always flooded with girls, they rarely buy anything that doesn’t fit them perfectly and can spend hours shopping for their dream something. Which makes Russia one of the biggest emerging markets for clothes.

    • Richard on 11/19/2009 at 7:24 pm

      Amanda,
      One thing that I have found in my travels and also in spending a lot of time writing about other countries and cultures has been that young women in most of the world care a great deal about their overall appearance. Unlike NA where women act as if looking nice has to have some specific reason or benefit, women throughout the rest of the world are showing that a big part of who they are and how they feel is something called self respect. I applaud the girls of the FSU and many other places for taking the time to say, “I’m worth it” whether anyone else takes notice or not.
      When I was last in Hong Kong it simply amazed me how wonderful the average woman looked on her way to work or even to the market. I asked a young woman that I met on the Star Ferry to Kowloon how she could spend so much on her clothing for every day wear and she said it is easy to blend your needs with your sense of style even on a budget. She went on to explain some of her shopping habits and even that she would sometimes make accessories when she couldn’t find something to match an outfit. It was more important to her that people didn’t have a chance to discount her based on appearance before knowing who she was. That, to me, is dignity. She was very humble and spoke respectfully to me, a complete stranger, and she was open and willing to share about who she was.
      NA women need to follow such examples in both attire and even more so in attitude.

  10. Ivanka on 11/18/2009 at 2:16 pm

    Eastern European women have much less of an influence of Protestantism, which brings with it, duelism between the body and the spirit.
    In short, they have no need to feel strange about looking their best and attracting attention, all which can be done on a modest budget :)

    • Greg on 10/27/2011 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you. That is a very interesting perspective. I will think about that some more. I believe you might be right.

  11. sam ogilvie on 11/19/2009 at 12:46 am

    Wow! Russian women are chiming in on this one, and I love it. Living in a land where a compliment often is considered sexual assault, and where we take ourselves so seriously that we can’t joke around without a severe backlash, it is thrilling to read about women who are good stewards of what they have, enjoy fashion, and looking their best, and aren’t afraid to say so.

  12. An Cat Dubh on 02/24/2010 at 3:44 am

    I noticed when the English woman was being interviewed she had a “frown” while the Russian woman looked relaxed and the other Russian woman in the video had smiles and no perma scowls.

  13. kate on 06/15/2010 at 4:29 am

    It’s easy to walk on snow and ice in heels!Much more easier than sneakers or ugg boots because the heels dig into the snow and ice.

    I love wearing a miniskirt or dark skinny jeans,blacktights,fantastic boots and a fabulous peacoat when I’m out and about.

    I feel happier when I know I look fantastic which may be why the RUssian women are smiling and the english girl is frowning.

  14. Margaret on 07/20/2011 at 6:24 am

    I, an American, married a Russian man in the USA. When we went to Russia to visit his parents, I was shocked at how thin and beautiful the Russian women were. Plus, they wear three inch heels just to visit the supermarket. Of course, not all of them follow this trend, but the majority do. To add insult to injury, my hubby likes legs!! So now I am on the internet trying to find out how to make my legs look longer and lose weight.

  15. Renee on 07/22/2011 at 1:10 pm

    Fight the good fight, Margaret! I bet you’ll surprise yourself when you see how good you can look when you put more effort into it than we Americans usually do. Good luck!

  16. GRY on 10/28/2011 at 7:45 pm

    Diet and exercise are the most obvious solutions, most Russians can’t afford the “high quality” junk food diet that American’s take for granted. Plus most of Russia still has an open market culture, this means fresh, unprocessed foods for the most part and not the crap most Westerners think is food. Plus the majority of Russian’s don’t have the luxury of an automobile to drive everywhere, it’s public transit, taxis or walking and they get their share of exercise.

    Remember that American women up to the 1950s were much slimmer at the same given age before the advent of convenience everything(food, shopping, restaurants etc) which completely changed their lifestyle and eating habits. This goes for men as well, the advent of the computerized office culture in the 1960s to today means a lot more of a sedentary lifestyle.
    Kids these days don’t even play outside anymore! They turn into little butterballs by the time they reach puberty and it’s a growing epidemic.

    So if you’re wondering why most Russian women keep their youthful figures longer it’s because they haven’t yet succumbed to the toxic lifestyles found in the West.

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