• Sat, Mar 3 2012

Here Is What Wearing High Heels At Work All Day Will Do To Your Body

We knew heels weren’t great for your feet but this is really scary. According to this new infographic from Live Science! your feet are only part of the problem. Wearing heels all the time also causes joint degeneration, shortened calf muscles and hips and spine degeneration.

“Flat shoes are for quitters,” 30 Rock’s Avery Jessup — Jack Donaghy’s Type A successful newscaster wife— once quipped. But obviously, other women may feel this way too. But perhaps women wear them because they make them feel more confident. Nancy Irwin, an L.A.-based doctor of clinical psychology, says it depends. While different women feel different when wearing heels — “Some feel sexy, powerful, more effective, able to be an equal to/compete with men. Others feel completely cramped, uncomfortable, and objectified” — they were invented, she says, to “slow women down. So they cannot move as quickly as men, so men can catch them, and also so women cannot surpass them. To put women at a disadvantage, sexually, professionally, and psychologically.” Hmm, so we are destroying our legs and our self-confidence. Excellent.

Answering a 2009 TODAY Show poll that asked “Do high heels empower or oppress women in the workplace?” 32% of respondents said, “High heels oppress women. They objectify women as mere sex objects while causing lasting damage to their feet and ankles but nearly half (49%) of the women said they empower them.  I will admit when I see a woman that is wearing a great ensemble with heels to match I am intimidated and impressed. On the other hand,, feet are awesome when they work properly.

Find out how those high heeled shoes are hurting you, in this LiveScience  infographic.
Source:LiveScience

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  • Miss C

    Met an ob-gyn who told me, some women tense their abdomen in the wrong way, kind of causing bearing down, which actually weakens your pelvic floor muscles because they’re constantly being pushed down: corsets used to do the same apparently – think of applying pressure to the middle of a toothpaste tube, which is your torso, stuff tends to *ahem* squoosh out of the end.

    I mention this purely to counteract the misogynist BS that teetering about firms you up, kegel-wise, which interestingly was also the rationale for foot-binding in ancient China…

    (Guess this shows I’m firmly NOT in the “heels’re empowering” team – and happy about that fact, thank you.)

  • Jessie

    I think heels are definitely empowering if worn at the proper time. I am not one to wear heels to work every single day, it is just unnecessary and no one is really looking at your feet anyways. I do find it effective to wear heels during presentations, you’re height is increased and you are looking your best.

    I basically only wear heels when I want to look better than I normally do. During presentations I want to stand out more, but when sitting at my desk all day I feel more comfortable in flats, I wear heels when I go out for dates yet wear sneakers when I go out shopping or out for lunch.

  • Jessie

    I think heels are definitely empowering if worn at the proper time. I am not one to wear heels to work every single day, it is just unnecessary and no one is really looking at your feet anyways. I do find it effective to wear heels during presentations, you’re height is increased and you are looking your best.

    I basically only wear heels when I want to look better than I normally do. During presentations I want to stand out more, but when sitting at my desk all day I feel more comfortable in flats, I wear heels when I go out for dates yet wear sneakers when I go out shopping or out for lunch.

  • Cooper

    Back in the 19th century women & into the 20th Chinese women bind their feet to fit into 3″ shoes. Of course it crippled them but the point is for the nobility to show off they don’t have to do manual labor like the masses. Not the image of women being independent, athletic or energetic but being carried around by servants to show off status.

    Besides cowboy boots, there are shoes in history including heels for European men made for fashion instead of function.