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why do Swiss women wear high heels in the house?

Recently my (female) neighbors started to wear high heels and wooden shoes/slippers in her house (daily). Needless to say that this sounds propagates very well through concrete floors and hard wood floors.

Can somebody explain to me, why Swiss women would do this (I do not know any non-Swiss women who do this)?

* uncertain about themselves
* french maid fantasy
* there is a new postman in our village
* they are deaf
* they are intellectually challenged
* ....other suggestions...?

Both women do not work (so they do not use the high heels because they go to work)


After mentioning this to them, they apparently they think it is normal. On the hypocritical side however they do not do this when their young children go to bed (they do not mind bothering the neighbors however).

As I am originally from Holland I started to wear my wooden shoes in the house (as it is an expression of my culture which is very important to me...). That of course raise some eyebrows. I was thinking of following on online course of dutch folk-dancing but have not yet decided if I should do that

It never seizes to surprise me how people (not only Swiss) can not live together. And they predict the world population to grow to 9 billion the next decades!

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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heals in the house?

Data , my neighbors , both on same floor and upper floor, are Swiss and never had this problem, so I don't think it is a problem of Swiss women in general, may be they have some waist pain and using high heals provides some relief, I don't know really
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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heals in the house?

Wearing shoes in a home is just.....
I can't even phantom the idea, let alone high heels.
Isn't it natural to be tootsie free at home ?

How strange, perhaps telling them kindly that it makes too much noice (can't even imagine the hygiene) they're make an effort ?
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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heals in the house?

Swiss women wear high heels in their homes because it's very sexy
Just kidding! None of my female Swiss neighbors wear shoes in their homes except for my one neighbors sister. They live 2 floors beneath me and I always know when she's visiting because all I can hear is the clack-clack sound of her stilettos on their parquet floors
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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heels in the house?

Are you sure it isn't the men wearing high heels?

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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heels in the house?

I used to wear brand new stilettos at home to break the shoe a bit and adapt them to my feet before I actually use them on the real streets. Then I broke my ankle* and had to give up on glamour and elegance.

*before you ask, wearing sneakers.
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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heels in the house?

If I was in your shoes (pun intended), I wouldn't hesitate to say something to my neighbors about it. So many people are so unaware of their own noise...

And especially in a country in which 1) The majority of people live in apartments and 2) The majority of apartments have hardwood floors, I think there are just some things that people need to do (and not do) out of common courtesy for their neighbors.
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Swiss women wear high heels in their homes because it's very sexy
Just kidding! None of my female Swiss neighbors wear shoes in their homes except for my one neighbors sister. They live 2 floors beneath me and I always know when she's visiting because all I can hear is the clack-clack sound of her stilettos on their parquet floors
All I wanna know is when, when, when are platform boots gonna make it into the sexy footwear stakes!?
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All I wanna know is when, when, when are platform boots gonna make it into the sexy footwear stakes!?
The same time that platform flip flops do
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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heals in the house?

Hmm. I am puzzled by this. 90% of swiss women i know wear the same blue sandals with a wide white and blue strap at the front, sort of like beach sandals. I am mystified by the prevalence and predominance of this choice of slipper amongst the swiss in my village. High heels are indeed also a mystifying choice of slipper and very annoying if you are a neighbour.

I have to say, if they have small children, it is entirely possible that it is the small children doing the clomping about with high heels. There's nothing small children like better than stomping about in high heels with a big hat on their head and a big grin on their face. It might explain why it stops once the kids go to bed...!
I have let my daughter do this exactly twice (titchy heels but still make a big clomping noise). She had a lot of fun. The weekend after i bumped into my neighbour who asked me if my daughter had managed to get hold of a pair of high heels earlier in the week... They of course noticed straight away!
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Hmm. I am puzzled by this. 90% of swiss women i know wear the same blue sandals with a wide white and blue strap at the front, sort of like beach sandals. I am mystified by the prevalence and predominance of this choice of slipper amongst the swiss in my village. High heels are indeed also a mystifying choice of slipper and very annoying if you are a neighbour.
Those are Adiletten and THE footwear of choice in Austria, Germany and Switzerland whenever the option of slippers is necessary. Almost all of the male flatmates I've had have owned a pair, with some being daring and different by picking up "Nikeletten" instead. The ladies often opted for the more "feminine" pale blue version of the shoe.

As for heels in the house, yeah, I break in new heels but I try and do that at a reasonable hour. Apart from that - no shoes in the house!
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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heels in the house?

I used to wear heels in the house "all the time" back when I had wall-to-wall carpet (in the US). I had to wear them for work and would put them on as soon as I had my stockings on so I wouldn't pick up all the dog fur (or slip and break my tail) "in" my stockings.

So, maybe you're hearing it now because your neighbor is having her carpets cleaned or replaced?

I may have this wrong but it seems to me that most folks with carpeting here use room-sized "area" rugs rather than stapled in wall-to-wall shag or pile or berber whatever carpeting and from time to time I suppose it gets rolled up to wash / wax / treat the floor beneath.
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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heels in the house?

Perhaps your neighbours are in the line of work which requires high heels in all hours of the day (sorry, can't help myself!). After all, it gets cold outside in these autumnal chilly days Well, this does not help with your problem, but my neighbour upstairs, who is about 1m50 and not at all overweight, walks around with the grace and the sound effect of a hippo. It never ceases to amaze me that someone so small can create such an amazing amount of noise simply by walking around...After trying to politely ask whether they may have problems with their floors or floor boards, we resorted to listening to Puccini on weekly basis... We do love opera
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My youngest daughter wears high heels in her flat. She has ruined many a floor and it cost her a bomb to have the solid oak floor in the kitchen at her last flat stripped and re-treated!
Well, she does have a Swiss mum - but born and bred in the UK - the flat being in Nottigham. She's left some dents all over the floor at our flat in the East mids as well.
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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heels in the house?

All my female Swiss neighbours leave their shoes outside their home (easily spotted by the ad nauseum stink on the staircase). But on the other hand, none of them are the type to wear high heels...

Have you tried to politely talk to them to explain the problem? Maybe with a peace offering?
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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heels in the house?

too short to reach the upper cabinets in the kitchen.
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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heels in the house?

Luckily, Vibram Five Fingers are still "heelless".
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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heels in the house?

why do Swiss women wear high heels in the house?

So they can reach high kitchen cupboards
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too short to reach the upper cabinets in the kitchen.
darn, beat me to it
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Re: why do Swiss women wear high heels in the house?

No idea, but I'd love to know the answer. My neighbours does this at 5:30am. It's like she thinks the first step towards getting reading for work is putting her heels on.
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