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I Wore Heels to My Long-Haul Flight and I Don’t Regret It

I survived it!
I Wore Heels to My Long-Haul Flight and I Don’t Regret It
IMAGE Nikki Santiago-Rivera
I survived it!

I’ve always believed in dressing up for a flight. It may not make sense to some people considering how confining the cramped seats are and amenities unappealing that most travelers feel inclined throwing on a comfortable outfit with little regard for how they actually look in the mirror. It’s true—our Philippine airports may have gained infamy for its aesthetics, among other things, but your travel style shouldn't have to match their objectionable state. I consider travelers to be ambassadors for the country they come from, so I feel accountable for what my appearance will say about me, the company I represent, and the Philippines.

Just a week ago, I was invited to fly to Milan for Bata Fashion Weekend where the brand was showcasing its Fall/Winter 2018 collection. Days before my flight, my colleagues and I were discussing how airport fashion has noticeably changed through the years. Gone are the days when suits and heels were the sartorial predilection and anything less than polished just wouldn't cut it. My editor then proposed that I skip out my trusty flats for a pair of heels. I thought it wasn't a bad idea at all so I rose to the challenge. On the day of my flight, I picked a lightweight coat to go with my silky pajama top tucked into a crisp pair of navy trousers, and then slipped into my new pair of heels—equal parts cozy and put-together, I thought.

IMAGE Nikki Santiago-Rivera

I wore a pair of Bata peep toe mules from the label’s Insolia collection. Bata Insolia is a patented technology that equally distributes the body weight of the wearer into the forefoot and heel, reducing the pressure on both the feet and knees thus, making it more comfortable and stable to wear.

IMAGE Nikki Santiago-Rivera

BATA SHOES Peep Toe Mules, P1999, SM Makati

As I left for the airport, I felt more confident to start my solo trip. Wheeling my large suitcase in one hand and my carry-on in the other, I knew that if I ever stumbled upon a person I knew, I looked great. There’s something about heels that make me feel empowered. I did have a moment of reluctance since the shoes were new and I did not have the chance to break them in. But as it turned out, they didn't need breaking-in!

IMAGE Nikki Santiago-Rivera

Multiple transfers after, including scurrying from one gate to another, my Bata Insolia shoes have stayed true to the promise. I did not feel a pinch from donning new shoes for the first time for too long. There’s also something to be said about how I managed to pull my heavy luggage from the conveyor belt in three-point-five-inch heels—they were undeniably stable. I was able to maintain my balance and heck, looked like a total pro!

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IMAGE Nikki Santiago-Rivera

I reached my destination feeling a little spent as a result of crossing time zones and lack of sleep; but arriving in heels gave me the posture and composure to conceal my exhaustion.

While wearing heels to a long-haul flight might seem like a crazy idea for some, I, on the other hand, felt my flight experience was elevated by doing exactly that. After all, traveling is a special occasion that I think should be celebrated. And what do I wear to celebrations? Heels that bring me closer to the heavens, of course!

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