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It was instinctive to find depth in such a simple image of this attire.But that split moment captures a wide element of society’s demands and expectations.
What does that even mean, I asked? She replied, well, the society is the shoe, we are the aching foot and in some cases even the forcefully bent toe.
I laughed hysterically at how ridiculous she sounded, forcefully bent toe she says, but it could work.
We unnaturally mold the arch of our foot to meet the painful aesthetic demands of society. It’s uncomfortable and not necessary therefore you would agree that it is self-inflicted pain. But why do we put ourselves through it?
‘Noor’ she said, the paradox is we claim to be numb to critics although we are aware and abiding. It’s a script. We are purely incentivised to do this in order to categorise ourselves into what we perceive as elite. Elite? High end? Unattainable & Exclusive?
The photograph captures the pride we carry to conform and simultaneously steering clear of associating with conformity. Ironic.
It was starting to get way too technical so we joked about how we had a ‘shoeclication’ on our hand, it was a serious shoe complication.