I just came across a blog on XoJane posted by a woman who was mourning the loss of $10,000 worth of shoes. Yes, that’s right, $10,000.
Now, if you ask me, that’s a kind of crazy amount of money to have spent on a shoe collection, but I bet a lot of you out there reading this post have spent that much as you’ve built yours over the years. Even if you don’t think it’s crazy to spend that much on your shoes, though, I’m guessing you’d never get rid of the collection you spent a small fortune building.
So why did Miss Alison Freer get rid of her designer shoes, including a never-worn $850 pair of Vivienne Westwood boots? Because they hurt her feet! Apparently, Freer has not only started developing a bunion beneath her big toe, she’s also starting to get a less common tailor’s bunion beneath her baby toe.
The blogger already knows that some people are genetically pre-disposed to developing bunions, but she also notes that the majority of the shoes she gave away were actually altering the shape of her feet, causing her discomfort and making her bunions worse. She made the executive decision to get rid of all the shoes she owns that have narrow toe boxes (since they cramp her feet and limit her foot flexibility) before her bunions become so bad that she can’t fit into the few pointy-toed shoes she’s keeping on reserve for special occasions when they’re required.
In the meantime, she ordered a few pairs of shoes with wider toe-boxes (most were from , and would be great choices for anyone with hammertoes) and decided to leave the crazy pointy-toed heels for rare occasions.
As a Houston podiatrist, I couldn’t be more proud, or more grateful, that women are joining me and my colleagues in speaking out against high-heels and pointy-toed shoes. Listen to me, or listen to Alison, and protect yourself from avoidable foot pain.