Our feet take the most abuse day to day. Yet for fashion, we are willing to put even more abuse on them by squeezing them into tight, high, uncomfortable shoes just because they’re pretty. I know I do! We will take the discomfort and the pain but hey our feet are looking banging and they make the entire outfit hot too! However, after years of wearing high heels I now have chronic pain I have now as a result of it.
When I was younger, I remember my grandma used to say Nina these crazy high heels you’re wearing ALL the time will give you serious health issues and before you’re 30 you’ll be in pain and your feet will be deformed. My reply was thanks grandma but I’ll deal with it when it happens, right now I am going out and I look great , sure my feet will be killing me by the end of the night but I look cute lol
And she was right. I have chronic sharp shooting pains around the ball of my foot that comes and goes as it pleases but as idiotic as I may sound right now, I don’t regret it.
So let’s get to it. These are the 5 worst shoes for your feet:
1. FLIP FLOPS
Yes, flip flops. They are not meant for every day wear and definitely not for running around doing your errands.
They give no arch support, no ankle support and they don’t protect the foot at all.
This is a no brainer and we all know what this does. The higher the heel the more your foot is out of alignment.
They say anything higher than 2″ puts extreme pressure on the ball of your foot, and all your weight is being pushed on it.
Result: Thinned out ball of your foot where you need a good chunk of “fat”, acute chronic pain around the bone there (which is what I have), but also pain in your knees, hips and back
Solution: We will not stop wearing them so we got to be realistic with the solution, or at least compromise so wear the REALLY high heels in moderation, wear flats to work, change into a peer of heels around the office (you’ll be sitting down mainly anyway), wear really high heels for special occasions.
Insert gel cushioned soles for more support.
3. POINTY-TOED SHOES
No matter how small your feet may be, squeezing them into a pointy toe shoes is an unnatural position for your toes to be in. They are not meant to be squished in! Now, high heels PLUS pointy toes – the worst combo!
Result: hammer toes, condition called neuroma which is the inflammation of the nerve between the toes, bunions, and deformed toes and big toe pushed out.
Solution: Ideal solution is settling for wider toe shoes but of course I am being realistic here so try to moderate the wear of the pointy toes shoes. Pull them out for special occasions.
4. BALLET FLATS
The really flat flats provide no support to your feet at all. If you can feel the ground you’re walking on, every little stone and pebble, throw them out! Ballet flats are too flat and they have no cushion.
Solution: There are some really cute flat shoes these days. Flats are in more than ever before and a lot of ladies are opting out for no heels so luckily we have options. Choose flats that have a thicker sole, or put a soft, gel insole for support.
5. BACKLESS SHOES
Due to no support in the back, toes naturally try to grip to support the entire foot and prevent it from slipping out. This is awkward and I personally don’t even like backless shoes. But this puts extreme strain on the toes and your ankles as well.
One thing that I used to do and I am sure I am not alone. When I am buying shoes and they feel small or tight and not fully comfortable we tell ourselves oh it’s because they’re new, they’ll stretch, you have to wear them in.. NO! The shoes don’t really stretch all that much. If they don’t fit perfect when you try them on, do not buy them! Simple.
Experts that study effects of shoes on our overall health say that the ideal heel should be 1.5″ . I don’t know about that cuz dammit I love me a nice high heel but hey that’s their expert opinion.
I do have to admit that I was the high heel queen. You would not catch me in flats for nothing. i didn’t feel complete without heels on. Even if they were uncomfortable, I was able to suck it up and make it through the entire night of dancing…But they did ruin my feet. And now even if I force myself to wear them, I can’t half the time.