While Victoria Beckham herself showed up to her runway show at Fashion Week in teeteringly tall high heels, when she showed her new line of shoes, they were surprisingly good for women’s feet, at least compared to other stylish offerings.
With nary a stiletto heel in sight, Victoria Beckham’s first shoe collection included flat, pointed-toe leather oxfords and chunky platform sandals. Of course, some of those platform heels were super-high, but at least they gave the models’ feet a solid base on which to stand.
In the hierarchy of high-heels, you see, platforms are superior to stilettos because your foot still gets to stay in it’s somewhat natural format; the same goes for open or wide-toed shoes that don’t reshape your anatomy.
Many of the problems associated with wearing high heels, such as morton’s neuroma, bunions and Achilles tendinitis, are all caused or exacerbated by the unnatural shape your foot is morphed into when you put on pointy-toed stilettos.
While putting on a tall platform still alters your center of gravity and affects your balance, putting you at greater risk of falls, sprains and fractures, as a Houston podiatrist, I’d certainly consider them the lesser of two evils in the world of high heels.
Fashion week is one of the moments when women rethink their style choices and look ahead to plan their seasonal purchases. I applaud designers like Victoria Beckham for giving women choices that are not just fashionable but also functional.