How high is too high a heel for tall women? Not high enough, says Manolo.

January 24

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I’m tall, 5’11” to be specific, and for most of my life (I’m now 29) I’ve avoided wearing heels so that I don’t tower over others in the crowd. However, I’ve decided that I’m now confident enough to try to look a little more glamorous when I go out. What would you recommend? How high is too high a heel?  —Michelle

Manolo asks, how high the heel? Manolo answers, how high the moon!

Every few of the months, the Manolo gets the question from the tall girl asking permission to wear the tall heels, as if the Manolo were the world authority on the social life of the volleyball players and super models. Behind the ostensible question, the implicit question is always the same, will the shorty boys not like being with the tally girls, who are the head-and-bosom statuesque over them?

And every few of the months the Manolo gives the same answer, which he says to all the girls, fat, thin, short or tall: “Stop slumping, stand up straight, throw back the shoulders and wear the heels if you want!”

Few things are more appealing than good posture and confidence. Who cares what insecure men think? Any man who would feel threatened by the woman because she is too tall is the man whose opinion is perhaps not worth the consideration.

Here is the Clayton from Joie, the provocative 3 3/4-inch peep-toe ($335, piperlime.gap.com) perfect for those little-black-dress functions where the tall girls are appreciated.

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