posted by: shoesense in General on July 9th, 2007
They were more or less sensible people, clad in, well, Grecian-style sandals! Little did they know that day will come when human beings thought it a good idea to perch themselves on 4 or 5-inch nail-like spikes and trot about for…well, no good reason at all.
The result? High heels and gum erode the ancient Odeon Theater.
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a stone amphitheater in Athens built in the second century B.C., shown in 1944, is under threat from modernity.
The attackers: globs of chewing gum that must be removed and spindly stilettos. Both are eroding the vast theater’s marble, raising concerns about its ability to withstand the strain of summer performances.
‘This monument is verrry tired,’ said Alexander Mandis, the chief archaeologist overseeing the Odeon. ‘Poking it with six-inch heels and scrubbing the marble to remove dried gum makes it ache more.’
Listen here: I am a sensible gal with a general dislike of stilettos simply because I hold my personal comfort and health in high esteem. That being said, I do admire a well-turned heel every once in a while, on the red carpet or elsewhere. But wearing stilettos on the Acropolis–I’m sorry, that’s just plain dumb–not to mention, disastrous. Don’t do it, ladies!