A pair of high-heeled shoes is an irreplaceable accessory for almost every Russian woman. We wear heels to school, work, trips, restaurants, everywhere… We just love them, even though they hurt and make our feet get tired quickly…
When I came to the U.S., I continued to wear my favorite pair of high heels, even in my dorm. I noticed immediately people turning back at me. Once I heard something like this:
-“Do you know Anna?”
–“Oh, that girl that wears high heels?”
I realized that Americans do not wear high-heeled shoes every day, especially in small suburban towns, but they do so in big cities like Boston and New York. In Russia, I believe the trend is the opposite: the smaller the city, the more women will wear heels every day, while in big cities they do not, because it is not very convenient to get around a big city in heels, and by far not every Russian woman has a car.
However, I feel I am assimilating here in the U.S. When I was packing my baggage before coming to the U.S. for the second time, I decided to take 4 pairs of shoes, all of which were of course high-heels. But it’s been a few months since I came here to a small town, and I wore high heels only once since then.