Here's a Good Reason to Ditch Your High Heels for Flats

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How awesome is it that more and more women are hopping on the whole wearing flats instead of heels bandwagon? Don't get me wrong -- heels are absolutely adorable and make our legs look amazing. But blisters and sore feet are kind of a high price to pay for looking fashionable.

Granted, there are quite a few gals who have figured out of the secret of how to walk in heels without wanting to cry after 10 minutes, but for those of us who can't master stilettos to save our lives, this new flats-are-sexy trend is like a breath of fresh air. It's also a huge win for moms in particular. Let's face it, not all of us are able to pull a Victoria Beckham and successfully carry a baby without dropping her while wearing 6-inch-high strappy sandals.

Aside from flat shoes being more comfortable and easy to walk in, a new study suggests that wearing flats is better for the health of your leg muscles, and that heels may actually make you more prone to injuries

Huh. Seems kind of ironic considering that fear of falling over and breaking a leg is a lot of the reason why some ladies choose to forego heels in the first place.

Die-hard heel lovers who absolutely refuse to give up their beloved shoes even if it means they may wind up with funky looking feet down the road will be happy to know that there are actually some pretty cute flat styles out there these days. Just because your feet are planted firmly on the ground doesn't mean that you have to turn into someone who has totally lost her fashion sense.

J. Crew has great new styles of ballet flats this season that are just as colorful and fun as any neon pair of stilettos. And if ballet flats aren't your thing, then maybe a fun pair of Steve Madden leopard print loafers will pique your interest.

If you are one of those people who just isn't ready to part ways with your favorite pair of high heels, there is some hope. The same study also says that cutting down the days you wear heels to once or twice a week is a huge improvement. Baby steps, right?

Does knowing that heels are bad for your feet make you any less likely to wear them?


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froggy80 froggy80

I can't wear heels. I can't wear flats, either. :-( I need a little bend in my foot... even my flips flops need a little platform in the back or else my feet hurt.

doubl... doubledsmommy

I would love it if they made heels designed for people with super high arches and skinny heels. I swear it is impossible to find a pair of heels that will stay on the back of my foot. Anyway, I don't like the ballet flat shoe look. Looks frumpy to me. Sneakers, boots, flip flops, or heels are the styles I like.

Felip... FelipesMom

DUH. We needed research to tell us heels are bad for our leg muscles and make us more prone to falls? Jesus, what's next - research that tells us we need to eat less and exercise more if we want to lose weight? I have never worn heels and never will. Fashion/appearances are far less important to me than safetym health, and comfort.

PonyC... PonyChaser

My doctor told me early on that flip-flops are one of the worst things you can wear, too. They cause your foot muscles to work in awkward ways to keep the shoes on your feet. You're better off with sandals - something with a strap to hold the shoe to your feet rather than relying on your muscles to do all the work.

Zamaria Zamaria

I won't give up heels altogether. But I don't wear them often. Only to church or when we go out. Most of the time I'm barefoot or in sneakers, boots, sandals or flip flops if I HAVE to wear shoes. I love buying shoes, but I hate wearing them! Lol

jalaz77 jalaz77

I love flats. They just make sense. And anyone can wear them. I like heels but don't love them.

Eques... EquestrianMom

I love heels! And yeah, I know they are bad for my feet, legs, ect. Luckily, I only get to wear them maybe once a month out to idnner and dancing, heels don't really cut it around the stable :P

memek... memekisses

I looove my heels and wont give them up.

Any shoe can be bad for your feet, you need to know what works for you even if it means hours of shoe shopping ;)

I don't like most flats. They look for little girls but some are cute

I mainly wont wear them because they make mu feet look big :/

tayanna2 tayanna2

I love the ballet flats. Anything else (except for heels which I do wear occasionally) makes my feet look much bigger and my size 11's don't need any help there. :-/


It didn't take reading anything like this to know that heels are bad for me. They HURT, they make me walk in an unnatural way, and they are just plain annoying.  I have lots of CUTE shoes without screwing up my feet and back for "fashion".

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