I didn’t know women forced to wear high heels in their office in Japan, even having lived in this country… Because fortunately, I’ve never worked at any private enterprise.
It was Ms. ISHIKAWA Yumi started the Ku-too movement, relating Me-too movement. Why “Ku-too”? It’s playing of word. We call shoes “ku-tsu”, and pain “ku- tsuu” in Japanese.
I absolutely agree with the Ku-too campaign which lets people know women have rights to refuse forcing of wearing high heels. …I couldn’t imagine my country was too childish to include not-a-few people deny this rights…
There are people misunderstanding this is anti-high heels campaign. You can wear high heels if you like, of course.
But after perceived this movement, my feeling for shoes changed.
I love high heels style. Though I rarely wear high heels for myself because it hurts my feet, I think they are beautiful.
Beside, I thought women wearing high heels looked kind of powerful, full of self-confidence.
But after the movement, I found myself feeling pity for some of them, wearing high heels… someone showing impression to be forced to wear shoes hurting her. And most of women in high heels on the commuter train looked like that.
Also I found the image of women in high heels I had once was only the image. I felt that when I saw actors in movies or dramas, or models in fashion magazines. Not real women in this society.
You knew high heels hurts foot, didn’t you?
I did… but I felt not. I saw too much images beautiful high heels style with faces seemed easy.
Anyway, I also found that recently … I mean after the Ku-too movement, women in sneakers on commuter train increased. And I felt that… they looked powerful, full of self-confidence! Because I thought they were free women, citizens. No one could force them to wear harmful high heels.
Beside, I saw some of them wearing sneakers very fashionable.
Oh my god… I want such cool sneakers, dozen pairs!