Over the past several years, designers have had to get creative to keep up with the high heel trend. We are seeing heels that are higher with pointier toes and edgier shapes being worn on the runways and by our favorite celebrities. The effect trickles down and we see more and more of these styles being worn by women of all ages.
The first celebrity that comes to mind is Lady Gaga. She is well known for her extreme fashion style, and her shoes are no exception. They are constantly evolving and seem to defy the laws of physics and gravity. She has worn foot high (12 inch) boots, heel-less sandals, shoes balanced on intricate designs as the heel, platforms with holes in them, you name it… She has taken a number of tumbles in her beloved shoes both on and off stage. 2 years ago, there was a rumor that Lady Gaga had bunions on her feet, tendinitis, and foot pain. Even at such a young age, it wouldn’t be surprising if she did!
Who could forget Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) from Sex & The City and her amazing walk in bedroom-sized closet? Carrie made Manolo Blahnik a household name, but also wore high-end designer shoes by Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. It is mentioned during the series that if she had saved all of the money she had spent on shoes, she could own her apartment. She was the woman who lived in her shoe.
Recently Sarah Jessica Parker did an interview with Net-a-Porter and revealed that she visited a podiatrist and was given “an unfashionable diagnosis.” She suffered from sprained ankles, pain in her feet, and what she calls “a bone that she created.” After she “literally ran in heels” for 10 or so years, she is now giving up her fashionable shoes for more comfortable ones.
Problems related to the feet aren’t just seen in women! Another celebrity who has come forward to talk about foot pain is Jerry Seinfeld. Earlier this year, Seinfeld met with faculty from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) and discussed his 30-year struggle with foot pain, which included his years of filming the series, “Seinfeld.” He said that it was “hard to watch reruns of the show because it reminded him of how painful the experience was.” A member of the faculty determined the biomechanical problem and successfully treated him recently.