If you ask most women what their favourite possessions are, at some point on the list handbags and shoes will feature (more often than not they’ll be very high on the list).
Men do appreciate a woman in heels and they also appreciate a handbag but we struggle to comprehend why they make women feel so alive. I used to run a women’s store for one of Britains best selling retailers. Whenever women came in the shop to buy a dress, they would put the dress on and look in the mirror. The most awkward thing would happen. They would tilt their head diagonally, open their mouth slightly, squint their eyes and stand on tip toe. I was soon to learn that they were simulating the wearing of a pair of heels. I would present them with the shoes and the dress would take a back seat. The arms would then be extended and bent at a 90 degree angle. This, I would find out was the simulation of a handbag. More often than not they would leave the shop with the bag and shoes, completely forgetting about the dress (which they needed for a friends wedding) and instead be talking about what night out they would be wearing their newly acquired accessories on.
“I like going out with the Mrs but when the end of the night comes, I hate having to give her a piggy back because her feet hurt from wearing heels.”
Men love seeing women in heels as they do make the leg look very nice (the leg on it’s own is also rather attractive, especially if it comes in pairs). What most men don’t quite understand is a bag. This one item leaves most women speechless and can be a conversation starter in the many places men wouldn’t consider as the ideal place to chinwag such as lifts or the toilet. FYI, I only know about the toilet scenario as a result of a gleeful post visit celebration that has been relayed to me by friends, “She said she liked my handbag”. I have witnessed the lift exchange many times. More often than not when the woman has been complimented about her bag, she will always reveal information in this order to the well wisher, 1) Where it’s from 2) How much did it cost and 3) If it was in the sale. Bags are nice to look at and do serve as a functional way of getting around without wearing the contents, I suppose it’d be rather odd if ladies walked around carrying tissues, deodorant, tampons and a billion sunglasses.
The other thing that the guys were confused about was why so many ladies like to wear heels that make them forget the ability to walk or cause them to end up with blisters the size of golf balls.
The gentlemen who form my panel had this to say. “I like going out with the Mrs but when the end of the night comes, I hate having to give her a piggy back because her feet hurt from wearing heels.” “I hate having to carry my girlfriends bag at the end of the night when she’s too tired because it makes me look effeminate “ On that last point I’d like to point out that I do disagree with it as I think anyone who walked past me carrying my girlfriends bag (particularly if she was next to me) might be able to put two and two together. Also I don’t like seeing my girlfriend suffer, so I carry her bag as I’d rather do the heavy lifting (what the hell do you girls put in there?!).
The main reason men don’t understand handbags and shoes is because when we acquire a pair for our other half, they usually cost a fortune. To quote one of the men questioned, “it’s funny how we never have to pay for the trip to Primark”. We do know that it takes great workmanship to craft a decent pair of shoes or a nice bag but why do they cost so much?! The other thing that the guys were confused about was why so many ladies like to wear heels that make them forget the ability to walk or cause them to end up with blisters the size of golf balls. We’re on the receiving end of a howl of horror if a heel breaks or a strap becomes bobbled/frayed. We’re not the cause of the damage and so we do not want to deal with the post mortem or the replacement shopping trip that inevitably follows.