You can now make those spindly stilettos work for you: Self-defense classes are popping up that utilize high heels as a weapon, inspired by the realization that most women are going to keep wearing their heels, no matter what. Logically, the thinking goes something like this: It boils down to fight or flight, and if these babies can't help with fleeing, they better be helpful for packing a punch.
"Women feel very empowered wearing heels...but most women can barely walk in them, let alone run," Jennifer Cassetta, founder of the L.A.-based Stilettos and Self-Defense class, told The New York Times. "If you can't run away, you better know how to fight off an attacker. You have to be prepared at all times, no matter what you're wearing, no matter how tall you are."
High-heel fighter Avital Zeisler studied Krav Maga, a form of hand-to-hand combat that shares some similarities with intense karate and is officially backed by the Israeli Defense Forces (and described as "the ideal fighting style for dangerous and unexpected situations"). She turned her knowledge into her own approach, the Soteria Method, which is available to study via workshops, online classes, and a book.
Should anyone need a reminder of just how dangerous heels can be, look no further than the sensationally dubbed "Stiletto Murder." A Texas woman was convicted last year of killing her boyfriend with a five-and-a-half-inch pump, a horror that brings up memories of Single White Female proportions.
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