High heels can be tough. Some pairs are literally designed to slow you down (unless you find a fabulously well-made pair of dress shoes for professional women, like Sanida Carroll’s) but, at the end of the day sometimes you have to rock a high heel. Power flats are making a real impact these days but the high heel has tremendous staying power. And though it has been bedazzled, turned upside down, covered in meat (courtesy of Lady Gaga), studded and Sex & the City-ized, nothing can beat a great heel. There are many ways that heels can help your career.
They are a great conversation starter
Career coach Marty Nemko wrote about shoe obsession disorder being a major benefit. He said women buy conversation-starting shoes which can be a great ice breaker for networking, as long as they aren’t too eccentric. If they were expensive you can discuss that and if they didn’t cost a lot you can talk about that.
They can send messages
New research suggests that people can correctly judge 90% of a stranger’s personality just by looking at their shoes. “Shoes convey a thin, but useful slice of information about their wearers,” according to a research paper titled “Shoes as a Source of First Impressions.” “Shoes serve a practical purpose, and also serve as nonverbal cues with symbolic messages. People tend to pay attention to the shoes they and others wear.”
They are economic indicators
“Usually in an economic downturn, heels go up and stay up – as consumers turn to more flamboyant fashions as a means of fantasy and escape,” said Dr. Trevor Davis, a consumer products expert with IBM Global Business Services. “This time, something different is happening – perhaps a mood of long term austerity is evolving among consumers sparking a desire to reduce ostentation in everyday settings.”
A good heel can make you feel powerful
Answering a 2009 Today Show poll that asked “Do high heels empower or oppress women in the workplace?”, 49% said high heels empower them. Let’s not forget it is in the work-bible film, The Devil Wears Prada, that Nigel (Stanley Tucci) gives Andy (Anne Hathaway) high heels so she doesn’t get fired on her first day.
But the right pair of heels should make you feel and look great at the same time. That is the whole goal with Sanida Carroll shoes!
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