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Feet defeat! The worst shoes ever for women

The 'worst shoes ever' for women


These derive their name from their likeness to an assassin’s narrow-bladed, throwing a knife. True to their name, a pair of stilettos can be a real killer too. They might look absolutely ‘killer cool’ on your feet, while simultaneously, being the absolute assassins for your body. Yes, those very ‘hot and happening’ stilettos that you love to flaunt, can put fiendish pressure on the balls of your feet, causing your pelvis to actually tilt forward abnormally and shift the very axis of your body balance. Wearing stilettos for long periods of time can cause pinched nerves that usually result in nightmarish lower back and ankle pain.

Platform heels

A heel, is a heel, is a heel! Whether it is a high heel or a platform heel, it still has its adverse effects on the female skeletal system. Platform wedges also exert pressure on the balls of the feet and result in the forward jutting of the body. If your posture is nothing to write home about, then by opting for these, you actually increase the risk of some serious pain in your spine and neck. Just because the wedge is cushioned, most women think it would take care of the pain factor; but the fact is that the cushioning can cause a foot-brain disconnect, as the foot may not be able to receive the right signals from the brain, with regards to ground awareness. Over a period of time, the body’s sense of balance is disrupted and the result could be a rather curious, shuffling gait.


Now, if you were to go to the other extreme, shunning heels altogether and only wearing flats, you’d think you’d have resolved all your heel-related woes, right? Well, not quite! Flats can also be disastrous, albeit in totally different ways. Flats, or ‘ballet flats’ as they are called, can bother your feet by not providing enough cushioning or arch support. People with flat feet will not benefit by wearing flats, in any way whatsoever. However, flats are a safer bet compared to heels, as they actually exercise the feet and make them stronger. So while going in for your next pair of flats, the least you could do, is to ensure that they have some sort of a heel, even if it is just a ‘shadow of a heel’. This, can provide the necessary cushioning for your feet and prevent tendonitis and other conditions, which are usually the outcome of wearing the wrong kind of flats.

Flip Flops

Flip flops can be really a flop. Shocking as it may be to you flip flop lovers, these are not entirely innocent, leaving the better part of the foot exposed. They are no great shakes when it comes to arch and toe support either. The big toe can hang out and this may result in injuries, or even toe fractures, bunions or warts in certain cases.

Pointed Shoes

Pointy-toed footwear might look great, but it cramps your toes into a narrow space, causing aches, pains, sprains, and even fractured toes. Rounded fronts are much preferable, as they give your toes a breathing space. If you insist on wearing pointed slippers or shoes, ensure that the shoe starts tapering off beyond your toe line and the narrow space, still allows for a comfortable stretch of your toes.


Which styles of shoes are the kindest to your feet?

  • Low heels: Go for footwear with heels that measure two inches or lower. These won’t alter the way your muscles work as much or add extra pressure to the balls of your feet.
  • Stacked or thicker heels: Spindly stilettos make for unstable feet. A slightly chunkier heel helps keep the foot in alignment and reduces the risk of straining ligaments.
  • Wide toe boxes: A rounded toe gives the foot enough room to move naturally. A pointy toe can squash toes, but “if the point begins to narrow beyond your toes, it can be OK,” says podiatric surgeon Marlene Reid.

Feet defeaters

These shoe styles can be problematic.

  • Heels over three inches: “They increase the pressure on the balls of the feet”, says Marlene Reid. So, if you have to wear them, limit it to only a few hours at a time.
  • Platforms: “A shoe should bend at the ball of the foot,” says Reid. A stiff style prevents natural foot movement, which is exactly what platform shoes usually do.
  • Flat shoes, flip-flops, and ballet flats usually offer no arch support. Wear shoes with a wide ¼-inch heel.

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