'Why I'll never give up my heels'
Give up heels? No chance, says nail technician and shoe fanatic Eve Mason (31), who runs Creative Nails and Beauty on the New Cabra Rd, Dublin 7.
'I love my high-heels and wear them all the time. I've lost count of how many pairs of killer heels I own. Wearing high heels gives me an instant confidence boost.
"I normally buy my shoes in high street stores like Office and Schuh, but if someone handed me a pair of 8in Louboutins I definitely wouldn't say no! Most of my heels are around 6in, but because they have a platform sole I think they look higher than they actually are.
"Once I was out in a pair of boots with a matchstick heel, the heel snapped and I took a tumble -- I think I was more worried about damaging the boots than myself!
"Growing up, we always had our feet measured regularly and wore expensive supportive shoes so my feet are in pretty good condition. I'm not worried about ending up like Victoria Beckham. But even if I do, I'll never stop wearing heels."
Mum Jackie Mason (55), a Reiki Healer who lives in Citywest, says her stiletto days are a thing of the past -- and hopes her daughters will be hot on her heels.
'As a Reiki healer, my life is all about balance and comfort. I won't say I've never worn high heels in the past -- we all did. But my ethos is 'comfort over fashion'. If I'm going out to a function I'll still wear my heels -- but bring flats in my bag.
"You see girls cramming their feet into these cheap 'killer heels' and just hoping against the odds they won't fall flat on their face. If you're aching all day in high heels, it's written all over your life. I'd never tell Eve what to wear, but as a mum I suppose you try to subtly educate them. My other daughter turns 21 this year, so the killer heels will definitely be out that night whether I like it or not!"