The day after her husband retired, Ina Massler Levin (this year's Third Place winner in the Write a DearReader Contest), signed the two of them up for ballroom dance lessons. Now every week, sixty-six-year old, Ina puts on her dance shoes: She has six pair, among them 3-inch purple stiletto heels, and 2-1/2 inch leopard print heels that she wears, "...when I'm really feeling sassy."
Write what you know, is the familiar adage, and Ina Massler Levin did just that.
Thank you so much for entering the contest, Ina. Your story inspired me to put on my dancing shoes! -- Suzanne Beecher
It's Really Simple--High Heels!
I think I have discovered the secret to longevity for women. It's really simple--high heels! You're probably already laughing. With all the studies demeaning this type of shoe, this couldn't possibly be the answer. It seems too easy. No doubt even though I have empirical evidence, the scientific community would refute this and be laughing with you. Based strictly on my observation, I think I may be right.
Every Wednesday at our local senior center men and women spend the afternoon in one another's arms, dancing to the music performed by a 15-piece live big band. Moving here is not shuffling from one side to the other or tapping to keep time to the music as the word 'senior' might suggest. It is genuine, all or nothing dancing. Couples dance to passionate rumbas, boisterous swings, romantic waltzes, and sizzling cha-chas. A rousing polka is often added to the mix.
Looking up at the people on the dance floor you see old faces, with lots of wrinkles, often surrounded by gray hair. Folks look happy but old, which they are. Next you look down. If you were expecting orthopedic shoes or clodhoppers on the feminine feet expect to be disappointed. There are NO orthopedic shoes or clodhoppers.
There they are in all their glory. Gracing the feet of the fairer sex from ages fifty to ninety plus are high heels. A closer look turns up a variety of heels: stilettos, chunky heels, platforms, slingbacks, and French heels. Styles include strappy sandals, peep toes, pumps, and mules. What they all have in common is they are all high heels worn by women of a certain age. Vibrant and active these ladies are twirling and swirling and two-stepping, moving not only in high heels, but also backwards.
Spending a few hours, not only observing this group, but happily participating while wearing high heeIs I have a theory. High heels are sexy. They make a woman feel much more attractive. They add a certain elegance to an outfit. No matter what one's age, these shoes make a woman feel special. While dancing women move more gracefully making for a better partner. Walking in them gives the wearer a higher perch to see the world. They are great fun to wear. I know that's how they make me feel.
Feeling this way makes me want to wear these shoes more often, to dance in them, to move in them. High heels make my life more fun. And if I feel that way, my best guess is so do many other women.
Studies be damned. If the ladies I see at the Wednesday dance are any indication, high heels will grace my feet for many more years.
Ina Massler Levin
Third Place Winner
Write a DearReader Contest 2017
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