Any woman who has ever donned a pair of stilettos knows it’s not the greatest. Sure, our legs might look fantastic but within 10 minutes of walking, the bottoms of our feet start to ache and within 11 minutes, that ache turns into screaming pain that we push deep into our soul and ignore even when all we want to do is kick off those heels and sigh with sweet, sweet relief.
Now imagine what it’s like to have been wearing four-inch heels for the past 56 years. Because that’s what Barbie’s life has been like — but not anymore. Mattel has introduced something revolutionary to Barbie’s Fashionista line: flats.
Yep, Barbie has a brand new look and the additions to the doll line are a wonderful change. Not just because it’s not realistic for a gal to be on her feet all day, drive convertibles or go camping in sky-high heels. And from ballet flats and runners to gladiator sandals and even Croc look-alikes, Barbie is rocking her new footwear.
Footwear isn’t the only thing that’s getting updated. According to Cosmopolitan, “the Fashionista line will include Barbies of eight different skin tones, 14 different facial sculpts, 18 eye colors, 22 hair styles, and 23 hair colors,” which will match Mattel’s website description of the dolls which boasts they’re “just like real girls… each have a different look, personality and sense of style.”
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It’s still a work in progress, though. Take the Career of the Year Film Director Doll, for instance. With her “new articulated ankle,” she can go from running-around-the-set flats to movie-premiere heels! She comes with adorable black flat shoes and hip heeled boots to make sure she’s ready for any occasion.” Um, we’re not sure she needs to wear heels anywhere (was Mattel inspired by the events at Cannes?) but baby steps.
Mattel adds that the dolls are part of the “continued evolution of the Barbie brand.” Once the dolls’ proportions become as realistic as their choice in footwear, that’s when we’ll kick up our heels. Or our flats, if we prefer.