Are High Heels Powerful Or Just Oppressive?

This season on the runways, Marc Jacobs made a bold move when it came to footwear. Instead of the normal heels that designers show as part of their collection, he decided that flats are in for spring. Women all over sighed that their feet could take a break from the stilettos, at least according to Marc.

But despite the pain, aren’t the added few inches powerful? Don’t you crave looking straight into the eyes of your male counterparts at work? Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, and Manolo Blahnik are all empires built on the idea that women want to wear heels, desire the intense heights, and simply feel dressed down in flats.Or should we all be taking a lesson from Marc? Are we actually oppressing feminism by squeezing our feet into those contraptions day after day?

We all know the dangers of wearing heels for hours — bunions, corns, calluses, shortening of the Achilles tendon, ankle fractures and nerve damage. Fear. And city girls are masters at the flats-to-heels switch. But will — and should — the medical problems stop our four-inch addiction and the possible oppression it causes? [MSNBC]