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The Work Shoe?

Michelle McNair mymcnair at UCDAVIS.EDU
Wed Feb 8 13:34:29 EST 1995

As a grad student, I'm clinging firmly to my tennies & my hiking boots, 
but I imagine one of these days I'll feel the need to dress up for work 
again (ditching my pumps was actually one of the driving factors for me 
to return to school!)

The thing is, I still actually like heels OCCASIONALLY (so flame me) but 
only when I want to wear them.  The biggest problem with pumps seems to 
be that they are too narrow and the soles are sooo thin that your feet 
are just beaten to death if you're on them for any length of time.  I 
worked in the insurance industry for eight years, heels & suits every 
day, and my feet are actually damaged from the ordeal.  Since my middle 
toe stuck out a little further than my big toe, it got crammed into pumps 
and developed into a hammer toe, where it is permanently curled under. 
This is not cool, and it hurts still.

Have you thought about dressy sandals at all?  They are far more 
comfortable than pumps, and seem to have all but disappeared about ten 
years ago.  I used to love them, at least your toes were happy....

Thanks for trying!!

On Mon, 6 Feb 1995, Kate Marie Schreiber wrote:

> Attention Working Women:
>     I'm an industrial design student at Carnegie Mellon University
> currently working on a project to redefine the Woman's Work Shoe for
> Reebok Footware.  The target market is women, age 18 to 35, who have
> grown up wearing running shoes or who currently wear Reebok-like shoes
> at home or play.  My question is, what does the working woman really
> want in a work shoe?
> Studies have shown that the traditional pump is physically damaging,
> causing all sorts of problems including irreversible shortening of the
> achilles tendon.  High heels are, in fact, the last lingering form of
> ancient oriental footbinding. 
> Shoe companies like Easy Spirit attempt to provide comfort, but still
> ignore problems caused by raising the heel.  Also, shoes like Easy
> Spirit are generic in looks and expensive compared to conventional work
> shoes.
> Yet, despite the problems caused by traditional shoes, women still flock
> to the pump, or worse, stilletto type heels.  A recent article in the
> Wall Street Journal noted the resurgence of 3, 4, and 5 in. spiked heels
> within the work place.
> Whats the deal?  If Reebok came out with a line of work shoes, what
> would you want to see?  What do you like about the traditional work
> shoe, what do you hate?  What do you want to change?  Would you buy a
> work shoe made by Reebok? 
> Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
> please send to this account.
> thanks.
> Kate Schreiber.

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