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Bike Commute Diaries: Why I Ride in Heels

16 Jul

I love heels. They make me feel stylish, dressed up and tres feminine. When I started riding to work I wore sensible flats and carried my heels in my bag. Then one day at lunch I wheeled my bike out of the building in my heels. Too lazy to go back upstairs to change shoes, I rode off. The flats stayed home the next day.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Commute Diaries, Cycle Fashions

 

8 responses to “Bike Commute Diaries: Why I Ride in Heels

  1. ladyfleur

    July 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    To be completely honest: I sometimes carry flats in my bag if I think I’ll have to do much walking during the day. It’s easier to ride in most heels than it is to walk in them.

     
  2. fiedlerin

    July 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I think that’s the first time I see you in pumps (not sure, though) I shy away from them. I always want my shoes strapped to my feet, otherwise I am feeling like Cinderella all day.

     
    • ladyfleur

      July 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Good catch! I also shy away from pumps because they’re not as comfortable biking or walking for that matter. Other pumps I have (and rarely wear) are the ones in my profile shot and the pair of multicolor cloth kitten heels I wore with the short teal trench coat in a fashion shot a couple of months ago.

       
  3. Pamela Wood Browne (@WellSoulBikes)

    August 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Just wondering, how long a commute are you doing in heels? And is it hilly or flat? So far mine seems too long and hilly to imagine doing it in heels.

     
    • ladyfleur

      August 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Pamela, my commute is under five miles of riding on flat, low-stress streets and trails plus a 15 minute train ride. I definitely wouldn’t commute in heels if it was any hillier than an overpass or longer than 8 or so miles. How long and hilly is your commute?

       
      • Pamela Wood Browne (@WellSoulBikes)

        August 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        My commute downtown is about 5 1/2 miles taking me about half an hour. Some of the hills are pretty steep. Maybe I’ll try bringing heels to the Spin & Sip ride downtown. Once I’m downtown the hills are much smaller!

         
  4. Dottie

    August 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Fabulous shoes!

     
    • ladyfleur

      August 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

      They’re tuxedo shoes! I don’t wear them much because they’re really too tall. But they are super cute.

       

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