According to health experts women are damaging their feet by wearing the wrong shoes. Nothing new there then. But before all you ballerina lovers start smugly nodding your heads, it turns out that even the humble flat can actually be damaging in some cases because many of us aren't wearing the right shoes.
The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists believes that for everyday use women should be wearing "a low-heeled shoe - no higher than 4cm - which has a rounded toe." Hmm... I'm not a "killer heel" - or even really a heel- wearer but I'm finding it hard to conjure up an image where a stubby heeled shoe with a round toe is even remotely attractive... I know a few girls that would club you to death with their Louboutins before you even suggest such a monstrosity.
The subject of high heels often divides people. At the beginning of August the (mostly male-lead) TUC announced that it wanted to introduce a ban on heels in the workplace because they're "sexist and pose a health and safety hazard".
Ok so this is probably true, even the most super fashion victims often pull a Clarke Kent and change from a tube-friendly flat into fabulous teetering lovelies as they arrive at the office before the rest of us are any wiser. But the effect of wearing them is unmistakable, even with my Bambi ankles I'm suddenly more confident, more outgoing, my bum feels a little smaller... In an office full of females the sexist issue feels a million miles away and as we can see Kelly Brook can clearly ride a bike in them, so where is the problem?Yes they're potentially ruining our backs/feet/ankles/ knees/toes, but if like me you've had ugly feet all your life (although I won't knock the ability to pick things up with my toes) there is hardly a dilemma at all. By wearing pretty shoes it might make me ugly on the inside, but as long as it looks good on the outside it doesn't much matter. Just like the rest of this wonderful world of fashion.