Tuesday Newsday – No Pain, No Fashion?

April 20th, 2010

I have these amazing pair of heels. Zipper detail. The perfect mustard yellow (didn’t know there was one, didja?). Platform heel, deceiving in its assistance to make the heel an actual joy to wear. It’s not. It’s a friggin’ nightmare. The last time I wore them, I felt hobbled. But I will wear them again.

Sure the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests only wearing two-inch heels and giving your tootsies a break during the day, changing into high heels at night. Too bad my fashion sense is nonsense. Lower back, knees and arches be damned, I will wear them.

I found this great article about the heels and the fashion suffrage. I especially love the part about the High Heel Recovery Clinic recently offered at New York based studio Backbone and Wingspan, incorporating Pilates-based exercises to save your souls from fashion’s fury.

Despite sprains, foot pains and blisters, towering footwear has legions of loyal female fans.

Among them are pop stars who dance intricate choreography wearing colossal shoes. Lady Gaga wore a pair of staggering 12-inch Alexander McQueen heels in her music video “Bad Romance.” The theatrical shoes she wore were unveiled by the late British designer McQueen last fall, prompting some models to decline to walk the runway for him.”We have entered a moment of heightened impracticality in footwear,” said Elizabeth Semmelhack, author of “Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Shoe.” Heels tend to get higher during economic recessions, she added.

During the Great Depression in 1930s, the oil crisis in the 1970s, and the dotcom bust heels went higher. Although she’s not sure why, Semmelhack said, “it could also be sort of a greater need for escapism.” While high heels elongate legs and make women feel skinnier and taller, they also mean ankle injuries, hammertoes and pain, podiatrists warn. Doctors know their patients will wear the torturous footwear anyway. Read more…

Have you ever worn a pair of shoes that hurt, but looked fabulous? Tell me about it and leave a comment.

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4 Responses to “Tuesday Newsday – No Pain, No Fashion?”

  1. OMG Easy Peasy….I can totally feel your pain – literally, as I’m sure most women can. I have these amazing pair of platform, stiletto purple suede pumps that never cease to be complimented. They are fabulous. They are chic. They make my legs look better than Giselle Bundchens (not really.) They also are a foot’s nightmare, but I continue to wear them, much to the annoyance of my boyfriend who has to hear me moan and groan with every step I take. I’ll never give them up though!


  2. I have a few heels that will incapacitate me after I wear them for a few hours, but gosh they look good. The price we pay for fashion!

  3. Cheryl says:

    i hear you ladies! I have put two layers of those foot petals cushion things inside my heels, hoping they help even a little. isn’t that sad?

  4. Ideal Feet says:

    To begin with I have been a longtime fan, first time commenter. I thought I should probably say thanks for writing this piece (and all your others), and I will return!

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