Friday, April 9, 2010

Beauty is Pain

Photo from: High Heel Shoe Museum

It is no secret. Millions of women wear shoes to optimize their outfit, but give their feet the grief of a lifetime. A recent article on CNN dove into the phenomenon of wearing painful (but cute!) shoes yes, despite the well-known pain.

Experts have connected the heel height to the level of economic plight facing society. Heels have seen higher levels during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the oil crisis of the 70s, and the late Alexander McQueen created a 12 inch shoe not too long before his 2010 death.

Despite the advise of podiatrists to wear “sensible shoes”, women stand strong against this direction. This defiance, however, does keep the foot docs in business. Choosing to look good over feeling good has brought about the need for sly survival tricks, including shifting weight when standing, and slipping off the super shoes when sitting. InStyle Magazine has also provided us with a list of 12 Heels that Don’t Hurt to enable the slaves to fashionable shoes.

Ladies, do you defy pain and strut in your stilettos anyway? What’s the breaking point in your heel height? Would anything make you revert to flats completely?

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