Professional women have a fierce relationship with their heels.
At an awards dinner last month, CNN's Alina Cho had the audience
riveted. Not just with her humor and charm as master of ceremonies, but
with her deft balancing act upon a pair of black six-inch stiletto
"Some women backstage asked me how it is that I can walk in these heels," Cho joked at the mike after spending the evening carefully tottering up and down the stairs to the podium. "And I say, 'not very well.'"
Cho, a New York CNN correspondent and contributor to American Morning, is known around the office for her obsession with vertiginous heels--or "stilts," as her colleagues call them. "I've always been vertically challenged," says five-foot-two-inch Cho. "Anything that heightens and lengthens me is a good thing."
But even tall girls crave heels. Last spring, leggy Gwyneth Paltrow caused a stir when she inched down the red carpet at several European Iron Man premieres in an array of skyscraper-like, heels--some as high as seven inches--bringing her up to a towering six-feet-four-inches.