It’s times like these that prove a wedge heel can actually be a sensible (although aesthetically inferior) footwear option sometimes. The Prime Minister took a dive when her stiletto heel got embedded in a soft patch of grass during a tour of the Gandhi Memorial in India, prompting women everywhere to recall similar incidents in life when they’ve face planted turf at inconveniently grassy venues like the race track or outdoor weddings:

I thought Ms Gillard recovered extremely well considering how off-the-charts embarrassing that face smash was. When a male journalist asked Gillard about the stack she explained, “For men who get to wear flat shoes all day, every day, if you wear a heel it can get embedded in soft grass. And then when you pull your foot out, the shoe doesn’t come, and then the rest of it is as you saw.”

What she says is absolutely true (albeit in a whoa whoa we don’t need your life story pal! kind of way) and this is something guys should be sensitive of the next time you see a woman plough dirt with her teeth. Don’t mock it ’til you’ve tried it.

Ms Gillard’s fall is not the first high profile shoe incident to effect Australian politics. Remember this old chestnut?