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Do You Consider the Long-term Effects of High Heels on Your Feet?

Corns, bunions, and more are not so glamorous!

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melda melda 9 years
yes i wear flats also
anniechacha anniechacha 9 years
I've thought about it but I feel so good in heels that it is worth it.
flyowsley flyowsley 9 years
Okay so my story is this....I would not walk out of the house without my really high heels, platforms, etc. Until 5 years ago when I started dating my boyfriend who is only 2" taller than me. So I only wear flats unless it is a special party or something that obviously calls for heels. Since I have stopped wear heels my feet have literally shrank. I used to be a 8.5 to a 9, now I am a 7.5 to 8. It is so weird but true. My feet have never thanked me enough.
tati33 tati33 9 years
I wear heels but on occassion..I used to wear them more often but I realized i could hardly walk because I had flat feet :( My orthotics have helped..but now I usually stick to semi high heels..1 inch or so..However, I bring out the high heels once in a while ;)
nikkie45 nikkie45 9 years
i'm already tall so i don't need to wear heels.
sassy3lady sassy3lady 9 years
I love my heels I just wish that I could fine some that were cute and not 4" high. I definitely stay away from pointy toed heels and I try to balance out the heels with a couple days of wearing flats. I try to take good care of my feet, cause i used to dance & my feet are already a little messed up from that.
sugoionna09 sugoionna09 9 years
I try to wear flats every other day and on weekends as much as possible. But I love my heels and I just can't stop myself when the urge hits me. I should really start doing stretchs and what not at night.
k-huffman k-huffman 9 years
I wear heels all the time: to class, to work, to the mall, around the city. My feet have rough and discolored spots from my sky high heels. I don't really think about the long term effect but I do think about the short term. I use foot pads and Dr. Scholls Blister Block (which is a godsend) to stop my feet from dying. I just can't do without my heels!
sugarsister sugarsister 9 years
dancing the night away in high heels has begun to take its toll. thank god my sister is a podiatrist
catita85 catita85 9 years
i´m usually wearing converse sneakers or a pair of puma shoes that look like ballet flats. I only wear heels for special occasions (such as weddings) but i have a pair of wedges that i i love.. just for kicks i wore them last thursday all day log, walked about 20 blocks and guess what.. my both my big toes (don´t remeber the correct name) still have painful blisters on them. So not more walking around in 3 inches wedges for me!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I wear really high heels every day at work, but I sit for most of the day. Nights and weekends, I'm all about sneakers.
Dubn8tr Dubn8tr 9 years
I also try to alternate. I can't do DC sidewalks all day in heels. I also agree that not all flats are comfy. I had a pair of ballet flats where I could feel the ground. Ended up returning them. Another pair, I was in NYC and walked ALL day and my feet HURT. Came home and bought some Dr. Scholl's gel pads right way. That made the shoes so comfortable. I'm only 5 feet tall, so it's a struggle to wear flats, especially with pants, but it's necessary.
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
I started worrying about it when Sarah Jessica Parker talked about all the damage the heels from SaTC did to her feet.. Now I alternate days with heels and flats!
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
i love heels but i have seen my share of nasty feet...so i have comfortable shoes everywhere! i have flip flops in the office and i wear driving shoes (driving in heels actually ruins the heel and are uncomfortable). Also, Cole Haan makes really comfortable heels from their "Nike Air" line
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 9 years
I like my heels. Never had a problem with wearing them.
scourtneyex scourtneyex 9 years
i love this picture of kate moss! and i love my stilettos. there is nothing sexier than a 4 inch heel.
littlemissme littlemissme 9 years
Yes. I'm always wearing flats. But come to think of it that's more because I can't walk in high heels :P
blackjade blackjade 9 years
I rarely wear heels two days in a row and I don't wear shoes that I can't walk at least a mile in. It's just a rule I have. But, I must say that I got my first blister from a pair of kitten heeled shoes, it's not just the height of a shoe, you relaly have to pay attention to how narrow it is too.
KerryG KerryG 9 years
Yes, by not wearing them! My mom doesn't wear them and I've been biased against them my whole life, even though I think they're pretty, but it got cemented when I was in Russia. Russian women put on high heels for a five minute trip to the market and every adult female foot I saw there was literally deformed. It was horrible!
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 9 years
I have started having some foot problems, so I try to wear flats as much as possible.
jennaboa jennaboa 9 years
Yes, I have, but quite frankly, I'm really short (4"8) and I consider heels to be the only thing that keep me from being run over in a crowd. It's a survival imperative for me and I'm arm-pit level even in three-inch heels. I'm 32, I have arthritis in my hip from playing sports when I was younger (read: ugly scarred feet) so its heels and Advil for me.
looseseal looseseal 9 years
I knew going in that teetering on tippee-toes is not the best thing for my feet, but I just gone and bought my third pair of new heels anyway. I have one pair of 3" wedges and a pair of 2 1/2" stilettos. Those feel okay at first, but HURT like hell if I try to do a lot of walking in them, so I'll only wear those if I know I won't be doing a lot of walking that day. Those Dr. Scholls Party Feet gel pads are a godsend with those shoes. Make them more bearable. But of course, a couple of pads don't make high heels as comfortable as sneakers, that would be asking for a shoe miracle. I just brought a pair of 2" heels that have really nice, soft leather uppers and a slightly chunky (but still nicely shaped) heel. They feel really sturdy and have non-slip rubber soles, so I think I'll be able to wear these more often than those other two pairs of heels. Time will tell. This brand prides itself on being comfortable AND stylish, so I'll see. I'll report back after I wear them out for reals and see how they fare on uneven sidewalks and stairs. In other news, flats aren't always comfortable. I have one pair of flats that look like they would be comfortable. They were comfy when I first tried them on. And then... they scratch my heels bloody and blister my toes. I thought, no way, I guess I still need to wear them in! Now it's a year and countless wearing later and those shoes still kill my feet. They are cute, though, and I spent way too much on them, so I'm keeping them against the will of my feet. Hee.
Dubn8tr Dubn8tr 9 years
This post should have Posh's photo on here :-P Anyway, I had hammertoes as a result of genetics which SUCKED, but I have a great podiatrist who fixed them for me. Needless to say, SOME (not all) high heels were torture. I love heels and wear them often, but gluttons for punishment can have the severe pointy toes and the 5 inches. I'm starting to love roundtoes and it's all about comfort now. Before I had my foot surgery, I researched the different procedures and read that women in Old Hollywood used to have their pinky toes removed in order to fit into some shoes! WHAT?! Of course the site didn't name names, but it's not surprising considering the superficiality of that lifestyle.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
I have learned my lesson from many a night out where I had to ask my hubby to slow down as I stumbled along in my uncomfortable heels. When the whole focus of a night out becomes your achy feet it spoils all the fun and it's just not worth it! Also, my mom has bunions from all the years of walking in heels and I can see mine starting to form. So basically I am much more careful, If I wear heels I make sure they are comfy and a reasonable height. But even flats can be terrible, just make sure the shoes you wear are comfortable and well made :) Alright, my lecture is done :P
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