If you’re like me, and you hate high heels, well, check out Roni Rabin’s article: High Heels and Pumps Now, Foot Pain Later. The article describes a study of people over age 66, which found that the women–who had worn heels most of their lives–had a lot of foot pain.
The researchers found that women who had mainly worn supportive footwear like sneakers or athletic shoes in their early years cut their risk of foot pain later by more than half. But…more than 60 percent said that in the past they generally wore high heels, pumps, sandals and slippers. Women who wore those were at the most risk of hindfoot, ankle and Achilles’ tendon pain.
This is hardly new news. But the Times now serves old news with a side of patronizing snark:
“I think women need to.. realize that what you’re buying could have potential effects on your feet for the rest of your life,” said the paper’s lead author, Alyssa B. Dufour, a doctoral student in biostatistics at Boston University. “It’s important to pay attention to size and width, and not just buy it because it’s cute.”
Men make much better choices, the study found; fewer than 2% wore bad shoes.
Amazing! Men picked flats every time! But those silly women–they only care about looking cute! I forwarded the link to my fellow Harpies under the subject head: This article fucking irritates me. Sure enough, it irritated them too.
SarahMC: Men are smart enough to choose not to wear high-heels. It’s a fact. EYE-ROLL.
PhDork: If only women, who live in a vacuum, were to realize that high heels are probably bad for your feet! When will they LEARN?
Forget the influence of Big Fashion, or the fact that women were often required to wear heels to their office jobs. No, it turns out women wear heels because they’re just vain…and dumb.