ABC-TV’s The View has come on board in recognizing the potential for foot problems that may arise with the most fashionable styles of shoes being promoted these days. “Find out if your shoes are ruining your feet,” was one of the lead-ins to the story, which ran on Monday, as was this: “Next, shocking new research has been exposing how the sneakers, heels, slippers and sandals we wear every day can do more damage than ever thought possible, so foot expert and surgeon Dr. Stuart Mogul displayed the latest technology that can stop your feet from literally killing you!”
Co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Joy Behar discussed with Dr. Mogul the potential damage caused by high heels, ballet flats, flip flops and even athletic shoes. In the latter case, there is a split of opinion as to whether high-tech athletic shoes are good or bad for the feet. With respect to ballet flats, Dr. Mogul suggested that custom orthotics or over-the-counter inserts might help provide the needed arch support. As for heels, Dr. Mogul suggested optimally limiting them to 2 inches in height. Joy Behar noted that Barbara Walters has a hard time finding 2-inch heels, which she prefers, and has them custom-made.
With respect to sandals, Dr. Mogul suggested some styles to replace flip flops: sandals with a 1- or 2-inch heel and a bit of support. “But they’re not sexy,” whined Sherri Shepherd as the segment wrapped.
They could indeed be sexy. All it takes is a few fearless designers recognizing that shoes can and should be comfortable, creating solutions, and getting the fashion press to take note. If Prada and Chanel, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo start promoting 2-inch heels, they will be the sexiest shoes ever.
See my February 14 post, “The Comfortable Sexy Shoe Matrix” for more on how to find the perfect shoes until the day that happens.