Some Small Sense

Shopping experiences and store reviews by a very petite woman. Indeed, it sucks. 4'10", 87 pounds, and full grown - is it a surprise I have trouble finding clothes?

May 02, 2007

I Spy a Height Site

I'm basically not a fan of these compilation sites, as they aren't really guides so much as nicely edited advertising pages with little to zero original content. (Perhaps I'm just annoyed I didn't think of this super minimal effort money-making scheme first....) But I admit that got a kick out of the fact that this guide to tallness was listed in the Google ad's sidebar "Related Pages" section, right next to my emailed conversations about being really short in the Netherlands. Way to go Google! Completely the opposite topic, but I guess you got me (and everyone else reading this) to click anyway, right?

The main site generally focuses on the typical 'helpful websites' that point towards clothing, tall advice, dating, etc. The short subsection, cheerfully reached by clicking on this snazzy graph, is mostly a somberer collection of support sites (sans clothing sites), advice, and dating tips. I guess it's a nice after-thought, but couldn't you guys have picked a better graphic???



Anonymous Gene said...

That's not "short;" that's, like, leprechaun-sized.

May 03, 2007 6:57 PM  
Anonymous nancy said...

hey amy. i thought you might want to post and comment on this article. here you go:

May 3, 2007 -- YOU'LL fall head over heels. Maybe literally.

The must-have shoe for spring is the "Tribute" from Yves Saint Laurent, adorned with a towering 5 1/2-inch heel. Sold out in most New York retailers, it's one of the tallest high-fashion shoes ever produced - yet celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani can't wait to walk at elevations usually reserved for Las Vegas dancers and Vivid Video actresses.

The $640-$660 Mary Jane style comes in four colors: violet, red, black suede and black leather. The slingback version comes in violet, black leather and green suede. Adding to the walking challenge - and the reason the heel can go so high - is the 1 1/2-inch platform on the front of the shoe.

But despite the steep price tag and even steeper height, the shoes are blowing out of stores. And the sky-high heels are so popular that most of YSL's shoes this season now come in a 5 1/2-inch option.

Sure, it's a tall order. But foot fetishists and shoe slaves will both agree that there's no other pair to get this season.

"You're not going to feel sexier in another shoe," says Chris Frey, accessories director at Lucky magazine. "It's one of those things you wear when you're jumping into a cab, going to the event, and jumping out of a cab. I have a shelf life of about two hours in a shoe like this."

Frey says the shoe's insane sex appeal isn't just about the height, but also the shape and style. Plus, she thinks there's something confident, gutsy and cool about a girl who can get that high.

"I think what's so cool about it is we've been seeing platforms for so many seasons and they're not going away. But YSL sexied it up by adding the stiletto," she says. "Plus it's a Mary Jane style that's so hot this season with an ankle strap that's not too high on the ankle so it still makes your leg look super-long."

For Frey, they're also inspirational.

"It's a lunge-inducing shoe because you want to wear the shortest skirt possible with them," she says. "It's like a gym membership for a year in a shoe, because as soon as you put them on you feel five pounds thinner."

But despite the physical and emotional benefits to teetering on these sexy stilettos, it can be a pain in the ankle, hip and back. According to Dr. Rock Positano, director of the NonSurgical Foot and Ankle Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery and The Post's health columnist, these shoes weren't made for walking.

"I tell people to wear shoes that make them feel good, but be intelligent in how they choose. If you're going to walk 30 blocks in 3-inch or higher heels, you have to expect the worst. It just isn't a good idea," he says. "If you're going to wear 6-inch-high heels, plan on standing in the corner without moving much."

May 03, 2007 7:12 PM  
Anonymous gabrielle said...

babysitting dilemma: i was asked to babysit for the daughter of a relatively new neighbor. she's 9 years old but already 5ft6 and i am only 4ft10 and i find myself feeling hesitant about saying yes. i'm concerned that she won't accept me as an authority figure since she is a head taller than i am. am i being silly or too much of a wuss? what would you do in a situation like this amy and others?

May 18, 2007 9:52 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

9 years old and already 5'6"? That's impressive!

I have babysat for 3 boys a few times, and I know exactly what you're talking about. They were rambunctious and not even taller than me. And yes, there were points that I wasn't comfortable about it either - but then again, I've never babysat before.

It's got nothing to do with your height really, but if you perceive it to be an authority problem, then she might as well. If you believe it won't, then it won't. Good luck!

May 19, 2007 11:15 AM  
Anonymous gabriella said...

yes, 5ft6. and growing! lol. it's just that i know she's going to spend half the time wanting to compare heights with me, and though it might be cute at first it can also get annoying. same with wanting to try on my shoes. even though i've already told her she can not get her size 8 foot into my size 5 shoe she still insists on trying. i'm just not sure i want to spend 4 hours being made to feel tiny compared to a 9 year old. but at the same time i feel bad saying no. you really think its ok to say no in this case amy? you think you might do the same thing in this situation?

May 19, 2007 10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amy, don't you think by saying it's "impressive" that this 9 year old girl is already 5ft6 implies that being tall is better than being short?

May 19, 2007 10:47 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Gabriella - you're certainly allowed to decline if you feel that it's not going to be worth it to you - in terms of enjoyment or monetary compensation (or even just feeling like a good person for doing a favor). It is possible, though, that it'll be better than you imagine it to be....

And impressive, as in, amazing/scary. I know that children have been growing up faster over the years, but that certainly is tall for her age! It makes me all the more uncomfortable with the fact that everyone else is outgrowing us....

May 19, 2007 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah i know what you mean amy. my 10 year old niece is about 6 inches taller than me and on her school basketball team i think the shortest player is about 5ft. now there's definitely something going on height-wise when i as a full grown adult would be the shortest player on this team. kind of scary as you say. and it does make me uncomfortable too so i'm glad to hear someone else say it as well. would it bother you at all to stand next to this 5ft6 9 year old or would you think nothing of it? i think its something i would personally try to avoid if i could.

May 19, 2007 11:03 PM  
Anonymous gabriella said...

i guess you're probably right amy. besides,she's already done something to me that's probably more annoying than anything else she could ever come up with anyway. she asked me to stand up on a step to see if she would still be taller than me. mind you this is a 7 year old we're talking about........she still had me by about half an inch. :(

May 19, 2007 11:39 PM  
Anonymous gabriella said...

just realized i said 7 year old, but she's 9. as if that really makes me feel all that much better! lol!

May 19, 2007 11:42 PM  
Anonymous natalie said...

ugh, i hate standing next to kids that young who are taller than me. but 9 and 5ft6, wow, even in heels she'd still be way taller than me. i'd avoid that comparison too if i could. amy are you this way too?

May 20, 2007 1:42 PM  
Anonymous cindy said...

regarding the babysitting situation: i used to babysit for a girl who was about 4ft6 when she was 6 years old. i'm 4ft11. within 2 years she passed me in height and by the time i stopped babysitting for her at age 10 she ws 5ft8. it was definitely strange babysitting for a kid who towered over me. not to mention that she was 6 shoe sizes larger than me. scary indeed.

May 21, 2007 4:39 PM  
Blogger lil debs said...

I am 5'2 and you try telling 2 kids when it is time for bed all they do is laugh.This is because they are taller even their friends are taller than me they are over 5'6 .I do think that kids are getting taller nowadays. I was the shortest out of all my family and to see all your sisters and brother overtake you in height is depressing for anyone. When i walk down the street 90% of the people are taller than me.I am still classed has below average in height.

May 25, 2007 6:51 PM  
Blogger lil debs said...

Being 5'2 tall or not so tall i have to try to tell my 2 kids to go to bed they are both taller than me and also their friends. I was the shortest out of all my sisters and brothers and watching them overtake me in height was very depressing especially when i was the second oldest. I do think kids nowadays are getting taller.When i walk down the street there is about 90% taller than me .I am still classed has below average in height.

May 25, 2007 6:54 PM  
Blogger CynthiaC said...

Well, it's hard to tell at age 9. She might just be having a growth spurt early and wouldn't be much taller than 5'9". I know a woman who was 5'2" when she was 9 years old and she's barely 5'6" now.

June 08, 2007 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that alot of kids are getting taller these days anyway.I am 4'10 and 44 yrd old and i had to watch my daughter reach 5'7 at 15 yrs old and my son to reach 5'10 and 13 yrs old.I was also the shortest out of all my family so i should have known better.When they bring their friends over they are all taller than me anyway.My daughter brings a girl over who is 4'9 and her age she hasnt grown in years she says.I am usually the same height as 10/12 yr old if i am lucky.

October 15, 2007 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that kids are growing much taller nowadays.I have 2 daughters who are over 6 ins taller than me and still growing and a son who is gonna be short like me.I used to have it all the time trying to get my daughters to bed and having to argue about it.It isnt nice having to look upwards to tell your kids to go to bed.

February 10, 2008 10:32 AM  

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