Flat Shoes Save Women’s Feet at New York Fashion Week

Flats were the star of the DKNY Spring 2014 show at New York Fashion weekNormally, a Houston podiatrist like me is not on the cutting edge of fashion; I always advise women to put their feet first and avoid the high heels and pointy-toed shoes usually favored by designers. So imagine my surprise when I realized that, for once, top fashion designers and I are, as they say, having a moment.

New York fashion week just kicked off in Bryant Park, bringing celebrities, designers and stylish women from all around the world to see the runway shows and learn what they’ll need to be wearing in the months ahead. Some of the shows displayed the usual towering heels that could very well give the poor models terrible foot problems like hammertoes, bunions or a host of other concerns.

That type of footwear is to be expected in this environment, and I don’t waste my breath complaining about those shoes anymore. But I was pleasantly surprised to note that a lot of designers sent their models down the runway in flat shoes, giving women everywhere a fashionable hall-pass to wear shoes that won’t destroy their feet. Among the designers that have seen the light were Helmut Lang, Derek Lam, Tibi, DKNY, Honor, VPL and several others. They gave women a variety of options too: from gladiator sandals to kitten heels and even sporty walking shoes.

Take it from the experts ladies; you don’t have to wear sky-high heels to look fashionable. Protect your feet and stay stylish with shoes that put less pressure on your toes and heels, and at the first sign of foot pain, schedule an appointment to see Dr. Andrew Schneider at Tanglewood Foot Specialists so you can keep wearing your favorite shoes, free from pain. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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