When I was in the UK, I realized something that I’d like to share. You know all those stories where the heroine is fleeing down the cobblestone streets? Often running for her life?
Well, these are examples of cobblestones we found on our trip:
I had a hard time walking on them even in sneakers. A woman in any heel whatsoever would be reduced to slowly strolling if they wanted to keep their footing. If there was an emergency requiring a fast getaway, the character in question would be better off kicking off her shoes and running in stocking feet. It would hurt, but less than a broken ankle.
These aren’t even extreme cobbles. They have been worn down by time and travel. There are some great examples here on Wikipedia with full rounded tops.
The top picture and the last are more accurately setts, as they look like cut stones. They are slightly less difficult to walk on, but still could turn an ankle if a heel were placed wrong. Perhaps that’s why so many heroines in Gothic romance wind up being carried around so much. 😉