NYC Revamps the Subway for High Heels Addicts

Even Jessica Simpson has fallen prey to New York subway gratesEven with a self-confessed shoe-a-holic as my wife, I’ve never fully understood how obsessed women really are with their high-heels. But now, a new decision by the New York City Mass Transit Authority has convinced me that stiletto mania has truly taken hold of this world.

While commuters complain of overcrowded subway cars, rats on the tracks, delays in service and truly disgusting station platforms, the MTA has decided that the following update is a truly crucial one:

“In order to be easier to navigate for those wearing high-heeled shoes, (the MTA will install) ‘high-heel friendly’ grates made with slip resistant surfaces and openings between cross bars that are only a half-inch wide.”  (For those not in the know, the soon-to-be replaced grates, designed to vent heat and fumes from the underground subway tracks, are found all over NYC sidewalks. Their widely spaced grates are, in fact, notorious for trapping spike heels.)

You want to know what an easier solution would be (aside from just walking around those pesky grates, of course)? Have people commute in supportive sneakers or walking shoes and then, if they must, bust out the stilettos once they reach their destination.

Not only would it be more cost effective for the city, it would also be of benefit to the walkers themselves, since spending prolonged amounts of time in high heels makes you more prone to loss of balance, foot pain and bunions, just to name a few high-heel related ailments.  But hey, that’s just this Houston podiatrist’s two cents on the matter…

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