I wore 3-1/2" to 4" heels regularly with business dress when I was younger. But I was fanatical about good fit - no blisters for me! I also have a foot problem that the higher heel helped to alleviate. I think the heel height just depends on the wearer. I liked the addional "stature" they gave me. I'm 5'6". I think a higher heel could also benefit shorter women also.
Here is one thing that I feel is mandatory for virtually all women any time they are dressed for business - of any kind - nylon hosiery. I have only known one person in my entire life that had legs that did not require the benefits of nylons. To me, no matter how nice the style and fit of the clothing, even if the clothing is custom, no nylons = sloppy dress - virtually without exception.
I'm short. I don't feel the need to elevate my height. If men are going to condescend to me they're going to do it whatever height I am. I don't need to make myself feel vulnerable on shoe stilts. Even in the low heels I sometimes wear I've had too many instances of my ankle twisting. Very high heels are known to put extraordinary pressure on the foot and eventually to deform it. I've read articles in which women are instructed on how to bear the pain of high heels -- I find that ridiculous.
Nylons or tights (which I prefer, nylons are too fragile and why are women always required to display their bodies when men conceal theirs and are more comfortable?) do create a more polished look, but things are more relaxed now. Thank Heaven there's one item that women can go without most of the time in warmer weather.
The difficulty women have in finding comfortable, attractive clothing, and the discomfort of demanding quality of the clothing compared to that worn by men speaks volumes about our culture. The sexism is at the level of the work uniform.
Edited by tailleuse, 22 June 2014 - 08:04 AM.