Lord knows I love a pair of killer pumps. I used to walk, run, and dance in stilettos. I don’t know if I just didn’t feel pain back then or somehow I was able to ignore it. These days, stilettos are what I call my “sit down shoes.” I only wear them if I know I’m going to be sitting down most of the time. If I have to walk too far, they kill my feet.
But can a pair of killer pumps kill me? Literally? The answer is yes. I read an article about women falling off their stilettos and hitting their heads. Very dangerous stuff. So I started wondering about other killer fashions. I discovered a lot of deadly trends throughout history. Here are a few:
1. Hoop skirts: There are stories of women getting swept up in strong winds and blown out to sea. Other reports of women’s skirts knocking over candles and setting themselves, as well as everyone else at the party, on fire.
2. Footbinding: I always thought footbinding was freakishly weird, but who knew it killed? Apparently the biggest danger was not the inability to run from ninjas, which was my first guess, but gangrene. I know, yuck.
3. High stiff collar: Not to be outdone by women, men’s fashion could kill too. I guess the high stiff collar was so starched it would cause asphyxia if a man fell asleep—or passed out—while wearing it.
Would you throw caution to the wind and risk it all for killer fashion? What have you done for fashion that makes you cringe? Do you know any deadly fashion trends?