It’s time for another Modest Monday discussion, and today I would like to talk about heels.
Now, before the onset of plantar fasciitis in both feet, I would have been considered one who loved heels. Even now my eye is always drawn to beautiful heels, especially of vintage style. I am the one who notices the shoes first when watching old movies. Like these from the 1930s;
Or these that Katherine Hepburn wore in the movie “Adam’s Rib.”
When you first think of shoes it is hard to think of them as being immodest; however, things have changed.
There was a time when shoes for certain debauched professions were not available in mainstream shoe stores; however, a number of years ago, when pole dancing was really being pushed for, ahem, “exercise,” we started seeing “stripper heels” in the stores. Some of these shoes were pretty enough, but the heels were often ridiculously high and the platforms even more so. Although not always as garish as some of the offerings from the 1970s, some of these shoes are just as immodest.
High heels, especially stilettos and the like are designed to make a woman more “attractive” (especially to men) by exaggerating components of the gate, bringing emphasis to her hips and buttocks. Have you ever noticed that you seldom hear feminine used when describing women’s wear? The world pushes “sexy” these days. Our shallow culture instructs women to pair heels with certain clothing to bring even more attention to their behinds. “Sigh.” We [believers] should not follow advice such as this; we should embrace femininity, and yes there is a difference between feminine and sexy. Since a part of modesty is not purposefully bringing unnecessary attention to oneself, it should be obvious that we should be mindful of the shoes we choose to wear.
Believers must remember that we do not conform to this world. Just because the world puts something forward as fashionable does not mean we should just run out and put it on. We need to get in the habit of thinking, even when it comes to shoes. What is the motive behind what’s on the rack for women and men to wear? It ain’t to promote godliness, I’ll tell you that!
Sadly I have seen this type of thing creep right in the church because we refuse to think; there is no hesitation towards the worldliness we embrace. This is the reason I have seen professing Kristians come to church in stiletos, fish net stockings, and an outfit that was too short and tight. Picture that and tell me what comes to mind. If it has anything to do with evening and a street corner, you are correct!
I am not saying we have to wear flats and orthopedic shoes all the time. I am saying that God calls for a difference between us [His people] and the world. We must keep God’s will in mind when choosing what we wear on our bodies as well as our feet. Don’t let the world’s style fool you; modest heels are feminine and can be a flattering addition to one’s outfit.
Until next time,
**Have you seen these types of overly high heels?
** If so, what did you think the first time you saw them?
** Do you wear them? Why/Why not?
**Do you think shoes can be immodest?