I inherited short, wide little duck's feet & small ankles. I stuffed my feet up up (or one of them) as a trendy adolescent, wearing what fashion dictated. Forcing my feet into shoes which were totally unsympathetic to my foot
shape. I developed this strange little toe which sits on
(instead of next to) my big toe. But hey, I was a giddy young thing & didn't question the dictates of fashion & I didn't know what I know now. It has caused me a few problems, this toe which doesn't quite fit properly, but choosing shoes which relieve the problem rather than worsen it has been the way to go! And barefoot in summer, or my trusty Birkenstocks (eight pairs to choose from!)! I love shoes. I have heaps of them in different colurs & styles.
But what I can't understand is women who have stuffed up their feet twice
(so far!) in their lives! The second time around when their feet (& their backs!) were clearly
telling them that it was a huge mistake. I have known women who have had bunions surgically removed, only to force their feet back into the very same style of shoes which caused the problem straight after the operation! Last year I worked with E, who lived with very serious back problems & was often heavily medicated for the pain. But did that stop her from forcing her feet into alarmingly high stilettos? No. It was important to be "fashionable". Honestly, I don't get it.
Like the author of this article, for me the issue is not just comfort or health ... it's political
. Why should we choose to be oppressed & in acute discomfort (even crippling ourselves) because style authorities dictate
that this is what is required this season? I mean, do men put themselves through such agony to be considered attractive? Of course not. And, of course, fashion is simply marketing
. Which is all to do with making big bucks. I would love
to see a backlash from women to fashion that actually harms