However, I do credit the images of everyday female cyclists on Copenhagen Cycle Chic with showing me that I was underestimating myself, and overly buying into the American marketing of bicycling as a specialized sport. So I tried riding my bicycle in high heels. Know what? It was easier than walking in them. I tried wearing a skirt on the bike - no big deal. Sure, there are always some outfits that misbehave, whether you are walking, bicycling, driving, or just sitting.
My favorite pair of boots, by NaturalizerI've been riding in heels for a couple years now, so it's normal to me. But I realize that lots of other women still have questions. It's not vanity or trendiness - it will make you a better cyclist. And if you typically wear heels off the bicycle, then it will expand your transportation options by eliminating a previous limitation. OK, and maybe it's fun to intimidate, impress, or inspire the men and women who see you.
Ultimately, you just gotta try it. You should make sure that your shoes fit well, as in they don't fall off. Also, make sure they aren't too slippery on the bottom. If they are, you can use non-slip pads.
Cute ankle strap shoes become bicycle-friendly with a $1.79 modificationYou can also slip a rubber band or two over your pedal. Another thing is to make sure your bicycle fits you well. You should just be able to get your toes or maybe the ball of your foot to the ground when you are sitting on the saddle. Technically, it is proper to come off your seat and straddle the bicycle when you stop. For a good example of this, see the video posted by the late Sheldon Brown, guru of all things bicycle.
I'm totally happy to answer questions or even help out the Atlanta gals...just ask.