Heels Don't Work Like That (once again)

Posted by RazzaTazz (9611 posts) - - Show Bio

Previously in my heavy criticism of the series Irresistible I mentioned how among many of the things that they got wrong (and were offensive about) in the depiction of women was there footwear, depicting shoes that would more than likely cause breaks of sprains. The series is gone (thankfully) but Zenescope artists still seem to be up to their old habits:

This is Sela dressed up in armour as a realm knight. It is a decent enough look, though it has the regular drawbacks of female armour (not really protecting much.) In addition to the chain mail which only covers part of her, she has boots with a chain mail heel. I am not sure at all why a woman warrior would want to wear high heels. It would seem that on the battlefield that they wouldn't want something weighing them down or slowing them down. This would be the case here (I have made this point many times before.) The fact that she has an armoured high heel seems a little bit more over the top though than what we regularly see from such depictions. It was just an alternate cover on a series that most people won't read, just I wish that sometime that men would actually bother to figure out realistic female footwear.

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#1 Posted by Delphic (1469 posts) - - Show Bio

I just picked up this book today.

Anyway, it seems to me that with artists who come from the same school as J. Scott Campbell (whose art I sometimes like) are obsessed with the sexualization of women. Armored high heel boots are apparently "more sexy" than the regular boot in which any sane person would go into battle wearing.

One of the common "sexy" parts of a woman is her legs, and pretty much the longer the better (as long as you remain proportionate I guess). Maybe I'm wrong, but perhaps the angle of the foot in the design of the heel is meant to accentuate the sexiness of a woman's long, smooth legs?

Also as far as capability of movement with the "stripper" heel is extremely difficult even for a woman with the most impressive skill of balance. This is why there is always something nearby for a stripper to grab hold of in a club. Or at least I would assume as much. Women who have worn this style of heel speak of not only how hard it is to walk in them, but also how painful it is. Some will even go as far as to remove the heel during a performance, and only act like they are being sexy just to provide themselves with some relief.

Anyway, for men like J. Scott Campbell to depict realistic female footwear, would take a small miracle, because a six inch heel is more sexy that a one inch, or no heel to them. A foolproof way to get male artists that understand female footwear, would be to not hire artists who do this kind of art.

#2 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6256 posts) - - Show Bio

That picture is ridiculous. It's like her shin is broken and bent forwards.

#3 Posted by RazzaTazz (9611 posts) - - Show Bio

@delphic said:

One of the common "sexy" parts of a woman is her legs, and pretty much the longer the better (as long as you remain proportionate I guess). Maybe I'm wrong, but perhaps the angle of the foot in the design of the heel is meant to accentuate the sexiness of a woman's long, smooth legs?

This is true, heels tend to make a more visually pleasing tone on the leg of the wearer.

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#4 Posted by RazzaTazz (9611 posts) - - Show Bio
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#6 Posted by AweSam (7373 posts) - - Show Bio

It's the outcome of a mainly male fan-base.

#7 Posted by Delphic (1469 posts) - - Show Bio

@delphic said:

One of the common "sexy" parts of a woman is her legs, and pretty much the longer the better (as long as you remain proportionate I guess). Maybe I'm wrong, but perhaps the angle of the foot in the design of the heel is meant to accentuate the sexiness of a woman's long, smooth legs?

This is true, heels tend to make a more visually pleasing tone on the leg of the wearer.

Except in this case.

#8 Edited by ThatOneKidWhoLikesComics (58 posts) - - Show Bio

That picture is ridiculous. It's like her shin is broken and bent forwards.

I know, I see that a lot and I really don't like it.

#9 Posted by OmegaHans (206 posts) - - Show Bio

This was a funny thread. It's cheesecake comics. Try not to overthink it.

#10 Posted by RazzaTazz (9611 posts) - - Show Bio

@omegahans: These aren't cheesecake comics, or have you read any GFT?

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