High Heels: Friend or Foe?

High Heels

You walk into your favourite shoe store and you see them; they are gorgeous.There is no way you can live life without them.You buy them, and one day you put on those undeniably gorgeous high heel shoes and people compliment you, wanting to know where they can get a pair.You feel fantastic…but not for long.

Fashion is pain; at least when it comes to high heel shoes.They are so hard to resist and women the world over have closets full of them.However, if our feet could talk they would probably want nothing to do with them.

Have you ever worn a pair of high heels and by the end of the day your feet were aching?Most likely the answer is yes, and that’s because our feet just weren’t designed for high heel shoes and vice versa.

High heels cause you to change your total body positioning.Your lower body leans forward putting pressure on the front part of your feet and toes while your upper body leans back to maintain balance putting added pressure on your knees.This positioning opens the door to all kinds of problems including back pain, knee pain, not to mention the risk of falling and twisting an ankle.Throw in a few blisters, calluses and corns and your feet are probably none too pleased.Even with all of this, most women want to feel stylish and want to look good and if that means a little pain from a pair of gorgeous heels, so be it.

Enter, the exciting world of plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons have recently developed a new way to lessen the stress put on your ankles and feet – Restylane injections. Yep, that’s right. Some doctors are using the facial filler to add extra cushioning and support for the foot and ankle area. With just a few injections in your feet you too can walk in heels with a greater ease and comfort. The things one will do…

Pain or no pain, it’s probably safe to say that woman won’t be trashing the high heel shoes any time soon.

Do you have a favourite pair of heels? How high are they?

  1. onlyinhighheels

    November 16, 2008 at 1:04 am

    High heels are very sexy. Take a shoe with a 4-inch heel and get the same style in a low heel of say 2 inches and it’s just not the same. It loses all of its sex appeal. I realize how difficult they are to walk in. I know they are impractical. I’m sure they can be painful. But nothing that a women wears is more sexy than a pair of high heels. It makes everything better. From jeans to slacks to a skirt to a dress to nothing. I know not everything is about objectifying a woman. But high heels is that one item that will change the way any women looks and most likely how they feel about themselves.

  2. Assentia

    November 9, 2008 at 11:42 am

    The height of the heel has to be proportionate to the curve of the arch of the foot, to ease strain. People with high arches, like myself, actually need heels, because flats make them tilt backwards. I’m still wondering how those hyped ‘negative heels’ feel and if they are comfortable for anyone, apart from those with completely flat feet, as an alternative to orthotics, perhaps.

    Personally, give me a good sturdy 2-inch heel and I can go all day in them. I care more about the shape of the shoe itself: always round- or square-toed, because pointy ones, apart from feeling like vices, look hideous as well. Even if I had the money, I don’t see myself buying Manolos anytime soon.

    I’ve had a gorgeous pair of black suede three-inch stilettos and danced the night away in them. I’ve been looking to replace them ever since they finally failed me.

  3. Leanne

    November 9, 2008 at 10:50 am

    I used to love high heels, the more narrow the better. That was until I moved to Italy and got sick of my heels getting stuck in cobble stones! I tend to get thicker heels or go around in flats.

    I really could never understand how some of these girls walk around the cobblestone streets in heels. I can just picture myself falling flat on my face.

  4. Tina

    November 9, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Aaaah shoes! My favorite subject! 🙂

    I think you’re right, we probably won’t be trashing our high heels anytime soon.

    Well, as a tango dancer, I have to say that without high heels, one dances badly and risks injury. Oxymoron, eh? They are necessary in my “field” because they keep the energy forward but also because if there is a heel, we can rest back on the heel, and put less pressure on our metatarsal. In Tango, dancing WITHOUT high heels puts tremendous pressure on the arch and the ball of the foot, and messes with our balance (because we are sharing an axis with our partner) so high heels actually help us to stay balanced and be good to our feet.
    Of course, I don’t walk around in high heels as much when I’m not dancing.

    I always urge beginning tango students to get into high heels, and they always look at me crazy, but once they try it, they realize how much more comfortable the dance is and how much better they dance. 🙂

    Here are some of my tango shoes, including the ones in the header of my blog ;-):
    http://tinatangos.com/blog/shoes/im-a-very-very-bad-girl-more-shoes/

    That’s really interesting. How many heels do you have in total?

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