Ahh, bunions…those abnormal, bony bumps that form on the joint at the base of your big or little toe, causing the joint to become enlarged and forcing the toe to crowd against your other toes.
Not only do these pesky growths put pressure on toe joints, pushing them outward beyond the normal profile of the foot, and causing plenty of pain, they can also make it really hard to fit into shoes (especially those pretty, pointy ones that tend to come with three-and-four digit price tags).
While some bunion-sufferers resort to so-called ‘Cinderella surgeries’ to fit back into their stilettos, Manchester, UK resident Jennifer Bailey found a different solution: she launched her own high-end shoe line, exclusively designed for women with bunions.
Called Calla, the new collection includes a mix of special occasion heels and ballet flats, all designed to comfortably fit the feet of women with bunions. Launching next month, and currently accepting pre-orders, the shoes “look fantastic and offer women affected by bunions a great alternative in footwear,” says Dale Sidebottom, a development manager at the Entrepreneurial group that helped Bailey get her inaugural line up and running.
Prices range between 85 and 135 pounds (about $100 to $165) per pair, and the shoes will ship worldwide (although returns and free shipping are only offered within the UK).
As a Houston podiatrist, I appreciate this designer’s approach to women’s footwear—making shoes that fit feet instead of the other way around. If, however, you are suffering from bunions and want to be able to fit any shoe you like without having surgery, I highly encourage you to seek early treatment for your bunions. With proper interventions, we can stop bunions from progressing to the point where your normal shoes won’t fit!