If Your Young Daughter Wanted to Wear Heels, Would You Let Her?

I wasn’t Suri’s age, but I was young when my mom let me wear a pair of her heels out.  It was to a church function, my sisters Holy Communion, I my feet hurt because we had to walk everywhere.  My mom just laughed and said you wanted to wear them and you have no other shoes.  I realized then and there that beauty is pain, and I need to keep practicing walking in these shoes to be perfect when I am older.

 

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Call it the Suri Effect, but according to The New York Times, the daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise has spawned a legion of little girls who desperately want a pair of high heels.

The craze is “part of a bigger, so-called ‘mini-me’ craze in the children’s wear market, linking fashions for children’s clothing and accessories with the latest from mom and dad’s runway, no matter how impractical it may be for a child’s rough-and-tumble lifestyle,” reports the newspaper. It turns out that brands such as Steve Madden, Nina, Michael Michael Kors, and Stuart Weitzman are all selling heels, wedge sandals, and sneakers for girls 11 and under. While many store owners are perfectly fine with this trend, others argue that it could cause serious problems in the future. “Dr. Shari E. Miles-Cohen, a senior director of the Women’s Programs Office at the American Psychological Association in Washington, said that while young girls who wear their mother’s heels around the house are only pretending to be adults, the ‘line gets blurry’ (and the message confusing) when they are given the “accouterments of adult clothing” to wear in real life.” I don’t know about you gals, but I tend to agree with Miles-Cohen. I think high heels are a right of passage and allowing a young girl to wear them too early on in life gives girls the greenlight to grow up too fast.

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August 2, 2013. August.

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