I’m not a huge fan of lovey-dovey reality shows, but after countless seasons of promoting “the most shocking finale ever,” this season, The Bachelor finally delivered. In a much-buzzed about final episode, Juan Pablo Galavis (who had already seen two women eliminate themselves from the match-making competition) chose to give out his final rose to Nikki Ferrell without giving her a proposal (or the 3.5 carat Neil Lane diamond ring he was given courtesy of the show.) In fact, he didn’t even say he loved her—he just said “I like you.”
From what I can gather online, that decision made Juan Pablo really unpopular. Everyone from eliminated contestants, to fans, to show-host Chris Harrison tried to figure out why the Bachelor made such an unprecedented move.
Well, get ready to stop the presses and alert the tabloids: I think I have the answer! Juan Pablo is a former soccer star and a dedicated athlete. He also has a young daughter who hasn’t even started kindergarten. He leads a busy, active lifestyle and needs a woman by his side that can do the same.
Knowing all that, did you see some of the shoe choices the final two ladies made throughout the season? Even for their beach-side final meeting with JP, they selected highly impractical sky-high stilettos—not exactly ideal footwear for jogs in the sand or long castle-building activities.
I’m just throwing this out there, as a Houston podiatrist—maybe Juan Pablo was nervous about Nikki’s shoes. If he’s the kind of guy to engage in an impromptu soccer game (as he did with Andi in St. Lucia) he needs a female companion whose feet are up to the challenge. With concerns that Nikki’s feet can’t live up to that lifestyle, is it any wonder that he shied away from a proposal?
Having written this post, I’m realizing that some die-hard fans may want to crucify me for defending “The most detested Bachelor in history;” this blog is, of course, in jest. My point in writing is really this: sometimes women make fashion choices that don’t fit with the activities they want to do. Take a lesson from Nikki and feel free to choose more supportive footwear when your environment or activity calls for it. Your feet will thank you for it.