Even I know that the fashion house of Prada is practically synonymous with style, elegance and luxury (and maybe the devil? I remember a movie about the two of them together a few years back).
Now, as it happens, fashion and women’s foot health are usually at odds with each other; a quick Google search of Prada heels reveals that many of them are designed with the towering, spiky heels that make me cringe just looking at them.
If that’s the case, what’s with my headline for this posting, you might ask? Well, it recently came to my attention that the designers at Prada have created their own Teva sandal (Teva shoes are known to offer supportive comfort for a wide variety of outdoor activities, from water shoes to hiking boots and everything in between.)
So, do I really think that Prada got a podiatrist to join its staff? Of course not, but maybe, just maybe, I could see this move as a sign that even the most high-end of fashion designers is beginning to recognize the problems associated with long-term high-heel wearing. From foot-pain to bigger bunions, shortened Achilles tendons to unsightly hammertoes, wearing heels may be pretty but the aftermath is anything but. As a Houston podiatrist, I am pleased to see that fashion designers are understanding the importance of women’s foot health and taking steps to give ladies stylish, supportive and comfortable shoe choices.
The less you wear high-heels, the better it is for your feet; even swapping a pair of Prada Tevas for your stilettoes one day a week can make a difference in how your feet feel, so it’s definitely worth making the effort. Be proactive about your foot health, make smart footwear choices, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider for suggestions on improving your foot health without drastically altering your current lifestyle.