Your worst suspicions have been confirmed: Wearing super high heels for a super long time MESSES YOU UP.
See those vintage velvet Yves St. Laurents (which I bought for $40 WHA?!!!) sitting casually on my dresser? Not only are they my greatest pride and joy (and thrifting success story), they’re also the bane of my existence. Here’s why:
In a New York Times article that takes “A Scientific Look at the Dangers of High Heels,” researchers report that all those ladies teetering in their stilettos are putting themselves at an extra high (get it?) risk for muscle strain that could lead to serious injuries down the road. Shoe lovers, they claim, tend to have shorter tendons and calf muscles and have to exert more energy to walk the same distances as their flat-loving counterparts–with or without their Louboutins. Researchers also found that women who regularly wear heels 40 hours a week have perpetually flexed and pointed toes, even while relaxing barefoot.
Perhaps most worrisome is that while everyone knows wearing heels for years and years and years can certainly cause damage, the women in the study were all around 25 years old, meaning it doesn’t take a whole lotta time for those feet of yours to morph into unidentifiable tallons.
I’m fairly sure some variation of this study has been out since pretty much the dawn of footwear, but when The New York Times tells you something is bad for you, maybe it’s bad for you. Or maybe it’s just another scare tactic to boost sales at like, L.L. Bean.
Anyway, who really cares? High heels are perfect and pretty and wonderful and lend beauty to that area below your ankles that’s otherwise kinda strange looking.
As always, would love to hear your thoughts. How often do you wear heels? Would you ever trade them in for flats just because some silly newspaper told you to?
Read the whole study in The Journal of Applied Physiology.