If High Heels Can Be a Weapon, Maybe You Shouldn’t Wear Them

Keep the stilettos in your hands and off your feet! There’s a new trend in the world of high heels, but it wasn’t started by Christian Louboutin or Manolo Blahnik…it’s an idea born from the mind of Avital Zeisler, a woman who loves wearing those designers’ creations.

Assaulted by an ex-boyfriend when she was just 19, the young woman decided she needed to make sure other woman remained safe—no matter what they were wearing on their feet. After training in Krav Maga, she came up with the Soteria Method, a self-defense method that also embraces elements of fitness and empowerment…and high heels!

Basically, instead of letting women get thrown off balance by their heels, the method teaches women to work with what they are wearing, even suggesting they take off their stilettos and use them to fight off potential attackers.

Reading all about this in The New York Times got me thinking: if stilettos are more of a weapon than a supportive shoe, why do women wear them so often? I mean, keep your three-inch-heels in your bag for a change at the office (or as a back-up if your mace fails…) but wear them on your feet on a daily basis? No way! They are literally instruments of torture, that not only throw off your balance and center of gravity, but also put you at risk for permanent foot damage, including neuromas, hammertoes, bunions and much, much more. So, please ladies—take your self-defense courses and learn to protect yourselves from attackers, but don’t become your own worst enemies in the process! With the exception of special occasions, stick to supportive shoes and leave the weapons in your hands, not on your feet.

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