(Photo by Jacqueline Chao and photo illustration by Mohini Rye)
Sophomore Monique Lonergan

Monique Lonergan:

“I wear high heels to school because I am rather short and they help me feel taller. I also wear them because I have to go to auditions or interviews after school that require me to wear high heels, and occasionally because they just look nice with an outfit.

“It doesn’t hinder me to walk with heels, especially because I sometimes have to dance in high heels. I started wearing heels to school in the end of eighth grade, but around the beginning of ninth grade, I wore them more frequently. I usually get my heels from Macy’s or Nordstrom. I don’t own many pairs, but my absolute favorite is a classic black pair.”

(Photo by Jacqueline Chao and photo illustration by Mohini Rye)
Sophomore Bianca Hansen

Bianca Hansen

“The reason I wear the same type of shoes to school every day is because I don’t really care what my shoes look like and because it makes my morning routine easier. I’ve been wearing the same type of shoes (black Mary Janes) since seventh or sixth grade. I wear the same shoes for a year, and by the end of the year they are so worn out I have to get new ones.

“I don’t go to a specific store for my shoes, and I try to get a slightly different type every year. For some fancier occasions, like prom, I wear high heels, but not for school. It drives my family crazy – it frustrates them that I really don’t care about my shoes.”

(Photo by Jacqueline Chao and photo illustration by Mohini Rye)
Sophomore Grace Naify

Grace Naify:

“I usually wear high heels to school because there is some type of event during which I want to look nice. I also spend a lot of time planning my outfits, so sometimes I’ll wear heels because it makes my outfit look better.  I started wearing heels to school in ninth grade, but I’ve been wearing them more this year

because I have more formal and important events. I get my heels from Nordstrom or Anthropologie.

“My favorite pair of heels is a black velvet pair with a thick heel which I got from Anthropologie and wear often. Most of my heels, especially that pair, are comfortable. I even jumped over a desk in heels once!”

(Photo by Jacqueline Chao and photo illustration by Mohini Rye)
Sophomore Sam Buck

Sam Buck:

Buck has rock climbed for about two years now, and he invests in $100-$200 shoes made for scaling the walls that he changes out every nine months.

“You start out with basic ones that squeeze your feet a bit, but they’re not bad. You then transition to more aggressively curved shoes that are better for climbing, but your feet hate you.

“They arch your foot to force you into a position where it’s good for backstepping and putting all of your pressure on one point of your foot. The material they’re made of is really good for skidding along the papery textures of the walls. (But) they are actually so uncomfortable that people just take them off in the meantime when they don’t have to climb.”

By Héloïse Schep

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