Why You Should Ditch The Heel

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With New York Fashion Week kicking off this week, there’s no doubt that there will be no shortage of high heels strutting down the catwalk and on the streets of Manhattan. Heels have long been associated with high fashion, a trendy look and is often regarded as the must-have accessory for any woman who’s looking for a boost – both literally and psychologically.

Let’s face it. As women, we all love wearing heels yet we also hate them. Any woman who claims that heels are not painful have either a) not worn them long enough, b) are taking breaks every hour by switching to flats or c) lying out of denial and refusal to ditch said heels. The clever guys at BuzzFeed have decided to chart out a woman’s happiness levels when wearing heels and as always, they are completely on point:

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Jokes aside, wearing heels is not only an uncomfortable experience, it can also cause severe health implications that us women choose to either ignore or regard as insignificant. We often live in the “now” and forget about the “what ifs” and the long term.

This is where Save Your Soles comes in – a campaign that’s not going to advocate for a complete ban on heels but rather to convince women to make the switch to better footwear more often. There’s no denying that wearing heels can be fun but at the same time, one should be more aware of the not-so-glamourous side of things.

For example did you know that everytime you sqeeze your feet and thrust your toes forward into those gorgeous stilettos, that you could be increasing the risks of developing the following problems:

  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Archilles Tendonitis
  • Sprained and Swollen Ankles
  • Aching Feet
  • Blisters
  • Hammertoes
  • Corns and Calluses
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Knee Strain

As this is only the first blog post and I don’t want to scare you away, all the health risks are thus far summarised in dot point form. Keep watching this space for more information and tips to better foot health.

Ladies, you don’t need to kill your feet to look good. #SwitchTheHeel and #SaveYourSoles!

-JL

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4 comments

  1. I have worn heels for extended periods of time to include not sitting for an entire work day; I will add I do not wear heels lower than four inches… If they fit correctly they can be very comfortable. I personally do not find enough merit in the health claims, but I truly am not trying to create a dispute. Each to their own I say, but if your sneakers do not fit well, they are going to be uncomfortable as well. I will never stop wearing my heels! Thank you for the information. 😉

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  2. Most women like wearing high heels because it makes them more charming and confident. However,my friends and I sometimes wear high heels while shopping. After walking for some time, we will feed the sole pain and even cannot stand for a while. Women all have the ambivalence because we love high heels (they are quite beautiful) and hate them (they make us feel pain and comfortable) at the same time.

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    1. Hi Irisqin thanks for checking out my blog and for commenting. You are absolutely correct – women definitely have a love hate relationship with their heels! I guess this campaign just hopes that women make the switch to better footwear more regularly 🙂

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