The first time I landed in Scotland I realised that I had no closed-toes shoes at all, except several pair of boots. All my shoes had at least 5 cm heels or higher, and all were open toes models, a.k.a sandals, because I come from a tropical country which doesn’t require me to protect my feet from the cold.
But the unforgiving weather in Aberdeen forced me to ditch my sandals and opt for something warmer. So the first thing I did was buying some pumps or closed-toes wedges, but soon I found out that the cobbled stones in Aberdeen pedestrians are not ideal places to strut with anything higher than 5 cms. There were more than one ocassion my heels were stuck in between the pavements and almost caused an accident. I have landed on the pavement with my knees and hands once and do not have any intention to repeat it again (read about my glorious accident here).
So I have been a new fan of flat shoes since. I wouldn’t want to get caught dead wearing sneakers except at the gym, so my only option to walk freely around the streets is by wearing ballet shoes which are perfect for the purpose. They are cute and come in different colours and prices and have lots of variations. I have a pair of moccasins I normally wear if I travel for a long distance flight, but don’t feel pretty in them, because they covers most of my upper feet parts and being as tiny as Kylie Minogue I have to maximise every inch of my legs to create a longer illusion.
However, I soon will start wearing my high heels back after reading this article!
As the weather warms up, the foot doctors also warn us the danger of flip flops and the very trendy gladiator sandals, which can be particularly bad news for our backs. The article lists down the downside of wearing flat shoes like:
- Feet to roll inwards pulling ligaments apart and causing shooting pains along the bottom of the feet.
- Big toe to be pulled out of alignment with the foot, causing pain and stiffness
- Inflammation and arthritis under kneecap.
- Inflammation and shin pain (shin splints).
- They can also make legs look stumpy (which is exactly right up my street!)
However, wearing high heels all the time isn’t good either (we will see what is going to happen to Victoria Beckham in 10 years time) and will cause us similar problems as wearing flat shoes. So here is the tips of having healthy feet:
- Keep in shape. Being overweight puts extra strain on the foot’s arch.
- Avoid slip-ons. These slide your feet forward causing you to shuffle.
- Save backless shoes for special occasions.
- Vary your heel height but choose a one-inch heel for everyday wear.
- Change shoe styles often, don’t just wear mules, ballet pumps or flip flops.
- Walk around in bare feet at home.
- Walk to work in trainers, not flats.
So after all, there is a scientific reason of having more shoes! Hurrah!