Once again foot problems and high heels are in the news. If you follow the issue, then you will recall that every few months, a podiatrist will make the rounds in newspapers all over the globe, complaining that injuries are on the rise due to high heels.
Fair enough. However, its the part about it being the fault of celebrities in particular Paris Hilton, Victoria Beckham, Beyonce Knowles, as well as Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen that has me seeing red.
It's no secret that Victoria Beckham practically lives in her high heels, but thats her business. Any ankle, leg and back problems that arise from too much heel wearing will affect her, not me, not you. As she teetered around in a pair of Antonio Berardi heel-less platform shoes and heel-less thigh high latex boots, I simply wondered if they were comfortable. I did not think that I just had to have them, and if I broke something wearing them, then its obviously Mrs. Beckham's fault.
We usually see Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen wearing high heel shoes that are bigger than they are, but there are no captions that say we have to wear what they wear.
Beyonce Knowles continuously changes up her fashion and when her recent album "I am Sasha Fierce" came out, there were many publicity shots, including this one that featured Beyonce clad in a leotard and high heeled ballet shoes. Very pretty, but they are not exactly practical for every day use. And lets not forget the Lego heels Beyonce sported that seem to be equally loved/hated by many.
Like Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton is almost always wearing high heel shoes, and she has also been photographed with what looks to be bunions on her size 11 feet. Far from telling you that you need to be wearing the same shoes as her, doesn't this seem like a great ad as to why you should avoid prolonged use of high heels?
My point is this, celebrities are used to sell a lot of products, but its up to you to buy them. And no one is forcing you too. So when your limping your way into the podiatrist, remember that your not a child, and high heel wearing celebrities did not force you to wear heels until you damaged your feet.