It is no secret that men like women in a sexy pair of heels. Numerous studies have shown that high heels enhance a woman’s femininity by altering the way she walks. Her curves are emphasized; her legs appear to be longer. A study conducted at the University of Portsmouth found out that women are perceived more attractive by males and females when they wear high heels.
We ladies love wearing heels because it makes us feel confident, we feel more attractive – not only for the opposite sex but also for ourselves and, if we are completely honest, also to compete with other ladies out there.
Apparently women own an average of 17 pair of shoes (as you can read here). I myself own a lot more than just 17 pair, 15 of them have a heel of at least 3 inches. It’s just one of my guilty pleasures.
However, being more attractive comes with a price:
Just kidding. But consider this:
Wrong footwear can result in foot problems such as plantar fasciitis
I’m working in an office and meet important clients all day. I have to look my best all the time. Nice shoes are part of my outfit and also most of my days require me to wear heels. Every teenage girl gets told by her parents that flat shoes are always the better option and that high heels will cause damage to your feet sooner or later. Of course it’s true and every woman knows about this. Still, we tend to ignore it just for the sake of being more attractive (and we are also bound by society, of course). But who would blame us? Who doesn’t want to look their best? However, plantar fasciitis is just one of the many (bad) injuries you might experience when wearing heels for longer periods of time.
For those of you who are lucky and never had plantar fasciitis, here’s a definition for you:
“Plantar fasciitis is most frequently an acute or semi-acut injury and appears as a strain or partial rupture of the sturdy ligament that courses from the heel to the ball of the foot. Pain is in the middle of the heel, extending forward. The plantar fascia is a firm band of connective tissue on the bottom of the foot which is often called a ligament. It functions in maintaining the inside or medial arch.” (Reference)
However, it’s not only high heeled shoes that can cause problems. Also flats without any heel can cause damage. Ballet flats, for example, don’t provide any cushioning and if the muscles in your feet are already weak, walking barefoot and in flats is acutally worse than wearing a regular pair of sneakers. My advice is, if you already suffered from foot related problems such as high arches or flat feet, try to reduce the pressure on your heels and gradually strengthen your feet (Take a look at my post about plantar fasciitis shoes for more information.)
For some women the thought of not wearing heels hurts more than knowing that there is a chance of foot injury – until they actually experience it. It was the same for me until I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis for the very first time. I had to do stretches and exercises for months and I was lucky that I fully recovered. It taught me to think long-term. We have to take care of our feet and our health, and for that it’s worth it to slip into a pair of cool sneakers once in a while and just be more casual.