Tall, well-heeled tai-tais talk the walk

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 May, 2011, 12:00am


There's never a lull in the conversation when you get a group of women together to talk about shoes. At the opening of Salvatore Ferragamo's latest boutique at DFS in Tsim Sha Tsui on Friday, model Janet Ma Si-wai and yoga instructor Almen Wong Pui-ha were among the VIP guests chatting about the latest styles in heels and accessories.

'Well-made shoes and bags are investments; I'm happy to spend the money on shoes that are comfortable and feminine,' Wong said.

'I've stopped counting the number of pairs of shoes I have,' Ma said. 'Somehow, I manage to make more space in my closet for them.'

Both leggy women believe heels are not just for the petite-framed.

'I don't think just because I'm taller - and I'm actually short for a model at 5'9.5' - that I should stick to flats or lower heels,' Ma said.

'What's more important is the way you walk in them. You have to find a good posture; otherwise, you will look awkward at any height.

'Of course, I'm lucky that my husband is tall, so I'm not towering over him when I wear stilettos.'

Wong thinks the wedge heel particularly suits Asian women.

'We tend to be longer in the torso, so a wedge balances us out proportionally. My current favourites are the platforms that give you height but are much more comfortable than stilettos with a high arch.'